Demolition Tips for Lake County, Florida
Where can I apply for a permit in Lake County?
Lake County offers a few different options that make the process of applying for a building permit fairly stress free. If you wish to apply for the permit online, you can do so by using Lake County's E-Permitting service. This system allows you to apply for residential and small commercial permits all from the convenience of your home.
You may also file your building permit application in person by visiting the Building Services Division located at:
315 W. Main St., Suite 511
Tavares, FL 32778
Please keep in mind that you may be required to turn in a demolition affidavit in order for a building permit to be issued to you for demolition purposes.
Can I pay for my permit online?
Yes. After you apply for your permit and it has been reviewed, you can pay for it online by visiting the city's Access Building Permits page. Simply log-in with your permit number, and once you see that the application status has been marked as "READY", you will be given an option to pay all your permitting fees online.
Note: At this time, Visa and Mastercard are the only payment forms accepted. You may also pay for your permit over the phone by calling the Building Services Division at 352-343-9653, Ext. 5
I have a question about my building permit. Who can I contact for further information?
All questions relating to building permits can be directed to the Building Services Division at (352) 343-9653 or by email at email@example.com.
What is the Process For Whole House Demolition, Garage Demolition, or Commercial Building Demolition?
- Request an estimate or estimates from licensed and insured Lake County demolition contractors. Demolishing a home, garage, or commercial building is not a simple project and requires the expertise of a professional demolition contractor to guide the process. During the estimate site visit, interview the contractor for qualifications, references, EPA certifications, and the process the demolition contractor would follow to knock down and remove the building.
- Apply for demolition permits and approval from local government authorities. Depending on your location, demolition permits may be required by the city, county, and/ or state. Your local municipality may also have regulations related to notifications, noise, hours of demolition, disposal of the debris, etc... Your hired demolition company should be well informed about local regulations and will often pull the permits on your behalf.
- Utilities need to be properly disconnected. Utility companies for gas, water, and electricity need to be contacted. All utilities need to be properly disconnected or terminated at the source prior to demolition. Again, this may be handled by your hired demolition company, but clarify upfront with the contractor all of the services that are provided.
- Older homes or buildings need to be inspected for hazardous materials like asbestos or lead paint prior to being demolished. If your home or building contains hazardous materials, proper procedures for abatement need to be followed. Your hired demolition contractor may offer this service or sub contract it to an environmental remediation specialist.
- Safely tear down the building. For one to three story structures like a shed, garage, or a home, demolition of the structure is usually achieved using large hydraulic equipment like cranes, excavators and/or bulldozers.
- Removal and disposal of demolition debris. Debris will be loaded onto trucks or into roll off dumpsters for hauling to recycling centers or landfills. Discuss the options of salvaging and recycling demolition materials with your hired demolition contractor.