CS/HB 7147 – 2014


Code related requirements


Public Swimming Pools 


Section 514.0115, Exemption from supervision or regulation; variances.-  Florida Statutes


(5) The department may grant variances from any rule adopted under this chapter pursuant to procedures adopted by department rule. The department may also grant, pursuant to

procedures adopted by department rule, variances from the provisions of the Florida Building Code specifically pertaining to public swimming pools and bathing places when requested by

the pool owner or their representative to relieve hardship in cases involving deviations from the Florida Building Code provisions, when it is shown that the hardship was not caused

intentionally by the action of the applicant, where no reasonable alternative exists, and the health and safety of the pool patrons is not at risk.


Section 514.03 Approval necessary to construct, develop, or modify public swimming pools or public bathing places. – Florida Statutes


(1) A person or public body desiring to construct, develop, or modify a public swimming pool must submit an application, containing the information required under s. 514.031(1)(a)1.-6. to the department for an operating permit before filing an application for a building permit under s.

 553.79. A copy of the final inspection required under s.  514.031(1)(a)5. shall be submitted to the department upon  receipt by the applicant. The application shall be deemed incomplete pursuant to s. 120.60 until such copy is submitted to the department.

Section 514.031 Permit necessary to operate public swimming pool. -  Florida Statutes

(1)  No change.


(a) Any person or public body desiring to operate any public swimming pool shall file an application for an operating a permit with the department, on application forms provided by

 the department, and shall accompany such application with:


 1. A description of the structure, its appurtenances, and its operation.

 2. A description of the source or sources of water  supply, and the amount and quality of water available and  intended to be used.

 3. The method and manner of water purification, treatment, disinfection, and heating.

 4.The safety equipment and standards to be used.

 5. A copy of the final inspection from the local enforcement agency as defined in s. 553.71.

 6. Any other pertinent information deemed necessary by the department.

(b) The applicant shall respond to a request for additional information due to an incomplete application for an operating permit pursuant to s. 120.60. Upon receipt of an application, whether complete or incomplete, as required in s.  514.03 and as set forth under this section, the department shall  review and provide to the local enforcement agency and the

 applicant any comment or proposed modifications on the information received pursuant to subparagraphs (a)1.-6.

553.77 Specific powers of the commission.— Florida Statutes


 (7) Building officials shall recognize and enforce  variance orders issued by the Department of Health pursuant to  s. 514.0115(5), including any conditions attached to the

 granting of the variance.


553.79 Permits; applications; issuance; inspections. – Florida Statutes

(11) The local enforcing agency may not issue a building permit to construct, develop, or modify a public swimming pool  without proof of application, whether complete or incomplete,

 for an operating permit pursuant to s. 514.031. A certificate of completion or occupancy may not be issued until such operating permit is issued. The local enforcing agency shall conduct their review of the building permit application upon filing and in  accordance with this chapter. The local enforcing agency may confer with the Department of Health, if necessary, but may not  delay the building permit application review while awaiting  comment from the Department of Health.

Manufactured Buildings


553.37 Rules; inspections; and insignia.— Florida Statutes

 (1) The Florida Building Commission shall adopt within the

 Florida Building Code requirements for construction or

 modification of manufactured buildings and building modules, to


 (c) Minimum Inspection criteria, which shall require the  approved inspection agency to:

 1. Observe the first building built, or with regard to  components, observe the first unit assembled, after  certification of the manufacturer, from start to finish,  inspecting all subsystems: electrical, plumbing, structural,  mechanical, or thermal.

 2. Continue observation of the manufacturing process until  the approved inspection agency determines that the  manufacturer's quality control program, in conjunction with the

 application of the plans approved by the approved inspection  agency, will result in a building and components that meet or  exceed the applicable Florida Building Code requirements.


3. Thereafter, inspect each module produced during at  least one point of the manufacturing process and inspect at  least 75 percent of the subsystems of each module: electrical,

 plumbing, structural, mechanical, or thermal.

4. With respect to components, inspect at least 75 percent  of the manufactured building components and at least 20 percent  of the storage sheds that are not designed for human habitation  and that have a floor area of 720 square feet or less.



Section 553.73 Florida Building Code. – Florida Statutes



Rooftop equipment


(15) An agency or local government may not require that existing mechanical equipment located on or above the surface of  a roof be installed in compliance with the requirements of the Florida Building Code except when until the equipment is being  required to be removed or replaced or moved during reroofing and  is not in compliance with the provisions of the Florida Building  Code relating to roof-mounted mechanical units.


Range hood exhaust systems


(18) In a single-family dwelling, make-up air is not  required for range hood exhaust systems capable of exhausting:

 (a) Four hundred cubic feet per minute or less; or

 (b) More than 400 cubic feet per minute but no more than  800 cubic feet per minute if there are no gravity vent  appliances within the conditioned living space of the structure.

Smoke alarms


Section 553.883, Florida Statutes


Smoke alarms in one-family and two-family  dwellings and townhomes.—One-family and two-family dwellings and townhomes undergoing a repair, or a level 1 alteration as defined in the Florida Building Code, may use smoke alarms  powered by 10-year nonremovable, nonreplaceable batteries in  lieu of retrofitting such dwelling with smoke alarms powered by  the dwelling's electrical system. Effective January 1, 2015, a  battery-powered smoke alarm that is newly installed or replaces  an existing battery-powered smoke alarm must be powered by a  nonremovable, nonreplaceable battery that powers the alarm for  at least 10 years. The battery requirements of this section do  not apply to a fire alarm, smoke detector, smoke alarm, or  ancillary component that is electronically connected as a part  of a centrally monitored or supervised alarm system.