The Alachua County Board of Commissioners met April 7 to discuss the issuance of new building permits. FSPA submitted a comments to the Board of Commissioners and worked with county staff prior to the meeting to make sure the swimming pool and spa industry’s interests were represented. After a frustrating-to-watch discussion, the County Commission decided that the issuance of permits for new residential construction will be allowed because the Governor’s Executive Order cites the continued need for new housing, but
permits for remodels, additions, pools will not be released until Emergency Order is lifted.
Permits will also be released for repairs that affect the sanitation and safety of residences.
Under this ruling by the County Commission, new pool permits will not be released but permits for pool and spa repairs that affect the operation of the pool or spa should be released.
FSPA is currently waiting on clarification from Alachua County on the release of pool and spa repair permits and permits for new pools being built with
new residential construction.
Additionally, Alachua County
will continue to received permit applications and plans and continue to review plans so that one the Emergency Order is lifted the permits can be released. Pool and Spa builders should keep submitting permits and plans so that your permits will be ready as soon as the Emergency Order is over.
FSPA will be providing updates as clarification is provided.