March 1, 2024

COVID-19 General Information and ARPA Relief Funds
In lieu of a licensed contractor, owners of residential properties may elect to do the construction work themselves, subject to certain restrictions. The City of Miami issues Owner-Builder permits for owner-occupied One-family and Two-family residential work. 
If you are planning to obtain your building permit as an Owner-Builder, you must be familiar with the State law governing the practice of construction contracting (Florida Statutes 489.103) and the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances Part II, Chapter 10, Section 10-5). Be advised that the City of Miami limits Owner-Builder permits to owner-occupied One-family and Two-family residential work. 
What does an owner-builder need to know? 
To qualify for the Owner-Builder permit, the following is required: 
How do I request “owner-builder” status? 
State and county law require that you demonstrate to the Building Official that you have a complete understanding of your legal obligations under an Owner-Builder permit. To qualify for the permit, you will be required to pass a short examination consisting of multiple choice questions relating to the topic. 
You need to meet in person with Building Department personnel for a brief interview and testing, and to sign a disclosure.
You can do so between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, at: 
Miami Riverside Center – MRC 444 SW 2nd Ave – 4th Floor
What is the disclosure statement?
State law requires that you read and sign & notarize a disclosure statement before you can be issued a permit as an Owner-Builder.
Dial 311 or 305-468-5900
Miami Riverside Center (MRC)
444 SW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL, 33130

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