1. Name and address of project for which the waiver is requested:




Zip Code:

Local Building Department Contact Information

Applicant Information:

2. Name of Applicant. If other than the owner, please indicate relationship of applicant to owner in space provided:

First Name:

Last Name:



Zip code:




Relationship to owner:

Owner Information:

3. Please enter the owner information below. If the owner and the applicant are not the same person, please upload a written authorization by owner in space provided:

Owner First Name:

Owner Last Name:



Zip code:




Project and Facility Type:

4. Please check one of the following:

5. Type of facility. Please describe the building (square footage, number of floors). Define the use of the building (i.e., restaurant, office, retail, recreation, hotel/motel, etc.)

Description: Exiting eight floors hotel, built in 1948 with 172 guest rooms units and 103,656 square feet including administrative offices, restaurant, bar, pool, gym, meeting rooms and other amenities for the guests of the hotel use.

Need Additional Space

Construction Cost:

6. Project Construction Cost (Provide cost for new construction, the addition, or the alteration):


The total cost of the improvements is $506,000.00 (See construction contract attached). From this amount 112,000.00 was dedicated to ADA improvements of the building (22 % of total cost of improvements).

7. Has there been any construction activity on this building during the past three years?

Cost of Construction:

Comments: The railings of the two fire stairwells were upgraded to code last year. (Permit SD0816-0154)

Construction Status:

8. Project Status: Please check the phase of construction that best describes your project at the time of this application. Describe status.

*Briefly explain why the request has now been referred to the Commission.
The building reviewer from the City of Miami Beach refer us to the Commission because the existing elevators car dimensions 48"x65"do not meet the minimum dimensions required by the Florida Accessibility Code for building construction.

Requirements to be Waived.

9. Requirements requested to be waived. Please reference the applicable section of Florida law. Only Florida-specific accessibility requirements may be waived.

Issue 1: Florida-specific hotel/motel rooms Minimum height in parking structures Accessible parking
Vertical accessibility Toilet rooms
Private Other

Florida Accessibility Code Chapter 4, Table 407.4.

Issue 2: Florida-specific hotel/motel rooms Minimum height in parking structures Accessible parking
Vertical accessibility Toilet rooms
Private Other

Existing two centered door elevators with exiting car dimensions of 44 inches depth by 65 inches width each one.

Issue 3: Florida-specific hotel/motel rooms Minimum height in parking structures Accessible parking
Vertical accessibility Toilet rooms
Private Other



Grounds for waiver.

10. Grounds for Waiver: The Florida Building Commission may grant waivers of Florida-specific accessibility requirements upon a determination of unnecessary, unreasonable or extreme hardship. Please describe how this project meets the following hardship criteria. Explain all that would apply for consideration of granting the waiver.


The building was built as per the existing code and regulations in effect at the time of construction in 1948. During this remodeling, the Hotel dedicated $112,000.00 (over 22 % of the budget) to improvements of ADA requirements,

The City of Miami Beach will not approve the project if the waiver is
denied. The cost of bring at list one elevator to comply with the minimum dimension as per
ADA requirements is as follows:
Demolition of the existing elevators: $80,000.00
Cost two new traction elevators: $277,550.00
Shaft hoist way modification and reinforcement
Miscellaneous and profit: $178,983.40
Total cost: $536,533.40

Cost Estimates For Compliance:

Licensed Design Professional Comments.

11. Licensed Design Professional: Where a licensed design professional has designed the project, his or her comments including his or her signature and professional seal MUST be uploaded.


The existing elevators provide a partial vertical accessibility to all levels. The original designed configuration allows a front and rear access in the ground level. As a result, for accessibility to the second floor where six ADA guestrooms are located, a front access in the lobby must be used. For vertical accessibility from levels three to eight arear lobby access must be used.
Sings will be posted as follows: for accessibility to second floor use lobby access; for accessibility to third thru eight floors use rear lobby access.


Design Professional First Name: Design Professional Last Name: Street Address: City: State:

Zip: Email Address: Phone:

Additional Documentation.

12. Upload Additional Documentation: Please upload any documentation such as plans, photographs and anything that will assist the Council and the Commission to determine the appropriate resolution of your request.