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2020 Bulletins

Bulletin M-01-20

Subject: Property Owner Request for Inspection Exemption for Replacement of One- and Two-family HVAC Equipment – Updated Process and Request Form

Effective Date: February 10, 2020

Summary: In accordance with Florida Statute 553.80(3)(b), one- and two-family home owners may request an exemption of the required inspections for the replacement of existing electrical HVAC for projects that cost less than $5,000.  Please note there is no fee for this request.

This Exemption Request form can be obtained by emailing Ricky Weeks (RickyW@coj.net) or Rafeal Grundy (RGrundy@coj.net) in the Mechanical Inspection section of the Building Inspection Division. The new Exemption Request form (revised 1/28/2020) must be used to make an inspection exemption request for any permit pulled after February 10, 2020.


Bulletin L-01-20

Subject: Use of Arborist Letters for Tree Removal per Part 12 of the Municipal Code

Effective Date: Immediately

When submitting verification from a Certified Arborist to exempt trees from replacement and/or mitigation in accordance with Sec. 656.1205(b) and 656.1206(g)(1), the letter must be provided at the time of submitting the permit application and prior to the removal of the trees that are the subject of the letter. Arborist letters submitted for the exemption of trees after the trees have been removed do not meet the intent of these subsections and will not be accepted. 


Bulletin L-02-20
Subject: Tree Protection and Related Expenses Trust Fund Contribution
Effective Date: October 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021 (Please note the difference in effective dates)
Effective October 1, 2020, the monetary contribution for removal of protected trees per the Ordinance Code shall be $144.00 per caliper inch.
Effective January 1, 2021, the monetary contribution for removal of protected trees per the Charter is $75.00 per caliper inch.
These costs are effective on the date of payment, not the date of application.

Bulletin B-01-2021
Subject: Structural Details for Private Swimming Pool Permits
Purpose: To ensure compliance with the requirements of the Florida Building Code and improve the consistency and quality of private swimming pools and spas in the City of Jacksonville.
Effective Date: May 1, 2021
Building permits for private (one- or two-family) swimming pools submitted on or after April 1, 2021, in addition with complying with ANSI/APSP/ICC3; ANSI/APSP/ICC 4; ANSI/APSP/ICC 5; ANSI/APSP/ICC 6; and ANSI/APSP/ICC 7, structural designs must provide all details required for construction/inspection, including, but not limited to, pool wall details, reinforcement requirements, reinforcement of pool walls at lights, drains, etc.  All details must be prepared by one of the following three methods:

  • Engineered Design - Prepared by a Florida licensed design professional and digitally signed/sealed.
  • Calculated Design - Prepared by a Florida contractor licensed to construct private swimming pools. Structural drawings shall be site specific and include all structural calculations demonstrating compliance with the APSP Workmanship Guidelines and Practices for Residential Inground Swimming Pools. The contractor name and license number must appear on design documents.
  • Prescriptive Design - Prepared by a Florida contractor licensed to construct private swimming pools. Structural drawings shall include structural details as published in an industry-accepted prescriptive design manual. The name of design manual (including edition number and author/publisher name), contractor’s name, and contractor’s license number must appear on design documents. While ANSI/APSP/ICC3; ANSI/APSP/ICC 4; ANSI/APSP/ICC 5; ANSI/APSP/ICC 6; and ANSI/APSP/ICC 7 provide standards for design, they do not provide prescriptive design details.