NAIOP NEWS ALERT: Legislative Update 2019
NAIOP’s Fast Act for permits passed its second Florida House committee on Tuesday. This bill seeks to provide relief to commercial real estate developers and owners facing onerous delays in getting construction permits issued.
This win comes on the heels of last week’s passage of the bill through the House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs subcommittee by a 12-2 vote.
NAIOP South Florida leaders fired off another wave of letters on Monday to members of the House Business and Professions Committee urging them to follow suit and support this legislation, which is contained in House Bill 1139.
While Florida law requires a permit decision within 120 days, there are no consequences if a local municipality or jurisdiction doesn’t comply. And then, inspections are rarely available when they are needed.
The Fast Act would require:
- Local governments to establish expedited permit processing at a fee of no more than double the normal permit fee.
- Only 50 percent of a permit fee could be charged initially.
- If a local government does not meet an established deadline for a permit, the fee is reduced by 10 percent for every 10 business days of delay.
- If the permit fee is reduced by more than 50 percent at the time a permit is approved, the local government must issue a refund of any fees that are due to the applicant.
“NAIOP South Florida continues to keep the pressure on state lawmakers to pass this reasonable Fast Act for permits legislation to provide relief to building owners and businesses, which suffer economic consequences due to prolonged permitting delays for even basic renovations,” says Darcie Lunsford, president of NAIOP South Florida and executive vice president for office leasing at Butters. “It can take longer to get the permit than to build out a new office space.”