Illegal building structures are common throughout Florida. Inspection officers need you to get a permit before erecting any building structures such as fence walls, sheds, and bans. Licenses and permits are put in place to govern the maintenance and appearance of properties. Your city will issue a code violation for illegal structures on your property. This could lead to hefty fines and may need you to bring down your structure.


1. Neglected or Inoperable Vehicles

A vehicle that does not have a current license tag and is not equipped with all of the parts necessary to legally and safely operate on public streets is considered inoperable. You should store neglected vehicles in enclosed buildings such as a carport or a garage. Unless excluded, all vehicles must be mechanically operational and have current license plates in accordance with state law.


2. Trash on the Property

Trash and debris are prohibited in yards unless a waste service properly disposes of them. This contains objects such as building materials, old auto parts, appliances, furniture, garbage, tree clippings, or unwanted possessions that aren’t ideal for open storage.


3. Lawn Maintenance Standards

If you own a yard on your property, you must maintain it in South Florida. You should mow your grass, even on vacant properties. For yards facing the street, hedges must be kept to four feet or less. You must keep Shrubs planted in public to no more than 3 feet. Trees and vegetation should be cut to avoid obstructing motorists’ eyesight or hindering their travel.


4. Structure Maintenance

The owner is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all structures. Deteriorating siding, roof coverings, fences, timbre, and other structures must be kept in good condition. On the outside of structures, paint, or some water-resistant treatment is required. You must make any repairs to a structure’s exterior with materials that match the rest of the design. For example, for damaged wood, the replacement wood must be painted to match the existing wood.


5. Parking

Passenger automobiles and motorcyclists may only park on legal driveways in residential lots. The materials used to construct a driveway or parking area must be approved. Boats and RVs also must be parked on a hard, improved surface such as asphalt, concrete, or pavers. Commercial vehicles are not permitted to be parked or stored on a private residential property unless they are being used for defined business purposes, such as delivery or emergencies.


6. Signage

Erecting signs is prohibited under South Florida ordinances. Illegal advertising signs can be unsafe to road users, such as illuminating displays which can impact drivers. Also, signs that are not correctly installed can fall and harm individuals or obstruct doors or fire escapes.

Understanding the regulations or local laws that you must follow on your property is critical. This is to avoiding code violations and citations. Contact us at Close Permits Fast to help with your illegal building structure situation.