City of Largo, Florida

City of Largo, Florida
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Building Permits

Building Permits

A building permit is required for most structural work done on permanent structures in the City of Largo. Completing the permit application allows the City of Largo to ensure that work is done correctly, and conforms with the surrounding community use. In short, the permitting process helps to protect your investment, and to enhance the value of your property and surrounding properties.

Construction Work That Requires A Permit
Aluminum New Commercial Building
Cabana New Mobile Home
Barn New Residential Home
Basketball Court(s) Patio or Deck
Boathouse Permanent Sign
Building Move Plumbing
Canopy Pool
Clearing and Grubbing Porch
Commercial Addition/Remodeling Reclaimed Water
Decorative Wall Remodel
Demolition Repair
Dock Residence Addition
Electric Roof
Fence Roof Over
Fire Sprinkler Screened Room
Fireplace Seawall
Foundation Shuffleboard Court(s)
Garage Sidewalk/Driveway
Gas Siding (Commercial Only)
Gazebo Solar Installation
Glass Room Spa or Hot Tub
Greenhouse Temporary Service Pole
Handball Court(s) Tennis Court(s)
Infrastructure (Onsite Utilities) Tent Banner
Mechanical Utility Shed
Miscellaneous Window and Door Replacement
Mobile Home Replacement Well Drilling
Multi-Family Residential

Owner-Builder Construction

State law requires that any construction be done by a licensed contractor. You may, however, apply for an exemption to this rule and act as an owner-builder, provided you are building or making improvements to: (a) a one- or two-family home, (b) a farm outbuilding, or (c) a commercial building with a construction cost of less than $25,000.

As owner-builder, you are required to provide direct, on-site supervision of the construction, and are responsible for ensuring that any subcontractors are licensed. Any unlicensed person working on the project must work directly for you, under your direct supervision. This means that you are responsible for deducting FICA and withholding tax, and providing workers' compensation for that person.

The City of Largo strongly recommends hiring licensed contractors for all construction jobs. If you do wish to act as owner-builder for your project, you will need to complete the owner-builder affidavit form.

Building in the Floodplain

There are some important facts that you should know about building or owning property in Largo's 100-year flood plain or designated coastal high hazard area. You can also find a comprehensive directory of flood information through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.