Saturday, April 4, 2009

So...You want to Paint Your House

There is an e-mail floating around that says Bellinghamsters are going to have to buy a permit to paint their house after July 1, 2009.

Rumor has it that you will also have to have the color approved before you can dust off that paint brush.

Just out of curiosity, I conducted a web search and found the following information posted on the Miami Shores Village site in Florida.

Yes, it appears that painting permits do exist -

I'll call the City on Monday to verify if the rumor is true.


So...You Want To Paint Your House...

First, You Need a Permit
Any work which will cost more than $100 requires a permit. This includes labor and materials.

Why Do I Need A Permit?
Permits are required to make sure that all work done in the Village is safe, legal, and in accordance with building and zoning laws.

How Do I Get A Permit?
Come to Village Hall at 10050 N.E. 2nd Avenue between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and fill out a permit application form called a Paint Color Approval and Agreement. Be detailed (i.e. shutters, brick, awnings) and include everything you will be painting. You will also need to bring a color sample with you to obtain a permit. ROOFS MAY BE REPAINTED THE ORIGINAL TILE COLOR WITH PERMIT. Most pastel earth tone colors are approved and you may use darker trim for accent colors. If you choose a color which is not approved, you may appeal to the Planning and Zoning Board for a fee of $25.00.

To appeal, you will need 10 photographs of your house, as well as 10 photographs of the surrounding properties. Your proposed color should be harmonious with the neighborhood. The Planning and Zoning Board meets the 3rd Thursday of every month. Your application must be submitted by the 1st Thursday of the Month. If you want to do minor preparation work such as pressure cleaning or scraping, you do not need a permit.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Permit?
Most residential painting permits can be issued by the next day. Be sure your application is complete and all items to be painted are detailed on the application.

How Much Does A Permit Cost?
Most residential painting permits are approximately $65.50. If there are code violations on the property such as painting without a permit, you may have to pay more. You can pay for your permit with a personal check, cash, Visa or Master Card.

Do I Have To Hire A Contractor?
No. You may obtain the permit and paint your house yourself, or hire someone to paint it for you. If you hire someone, be sure that you get a copy of the form which explains owner/builder responsibility and liabilities. You can get this form at the Building and Zoning Department.

Can I Use Any Brand Of Paint?
Yes. Our sample colors are from Benjamin Moore and Behr, but you can use any brand of paint as long as the colors match our samples.

What Is This About A Notice Of Commencement?
If your painting project will cost more that $2,500, you will need to file a Notice of Commencement with Dade County at 22 N.W. 1st Street, 1st Floor, Miami, Florida.
To download a copy of a Notice of Commencement, click Here.

I Have My Permit, Do I Have To Start Right Away?
No. You have 90 days to get started, and the permit is good for 180 days, or 6 months. If you don't paint your house within the first six months, you will need a new permit.

I Didn't Get Approved For My Paint Color But I Want To Challenge The Decision.
What Can I Do?
Any interested person may appeal to the planning board from any decision, order or determination by the building inspector or any other administrative officer (whether such action was affirmative, negative or conditional), alleging that such action was in error for specifically stated reasons. After notice to the parties of interest, as prescribed in its rules, the planning board shall decide whether or not the action appealed from was in error and may confirm, reverse or modify the same accordingly, stating its reason therefore, but may not vary the application of any provision of this ordinance.

I Have My Permit And Now I Changed My Mind About The Color.
What Do I Do?
Bring your permit to Village Hall with a sample of the new color. If it is approved, a revised permit will be issued to you. There is no charge for this service.

When Can I Paint?
Monday through Saturday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. No work is allowed on Sundays or Holidays

I Finished Painting My House. Now What Do I Do?
You will need an inspection to make sure that the color matches your permit. Call (305) 795-2207 between the hours of 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, and they will send an inspector out the next business day unless it falls on Saturday, Sunday or a Holiday. Be sure to have your permit number handy when you call for the inspection.

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