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 How to Apply for a Habitable Residential Addition
Residential Addition Permit Tutorial

A Residential Addition is defined as a habitable structure (intended for human occupancy) attached to or detached from the dwelling unit on the parcel. These types of structures shall include, but not limited to, living room, bedroom, pool house, office, game room, etc.

The following tutorial will help guide you through the permitting process for a Habitable Residential Addition (attached or detached).

As you go through the tutorial, answer the questions to the best of your knowledge. Based on the answers you provide, different forms will be required for your permit. You can download each form as you go or via the Required Documents summary screens provided for the Zoning Permit and Building Permit.



A Property Record Card contains information about your property; the alternate key number, legal description, list of structures on the parcel, etc.. You can find a copy of your property record card visiting the web site below:


Enter your name or address and click the Search button and click the View button beside your name in the list. This allows you to view your property record card.

NOTE: Remember, if your property is inside of municipal boundaries, all permitting will go through the municipality, not through Lake County.



Drawn to scale means a specific amount of distance on a drawing equals a specific amount of distance on the subject parcel. i.e. one inch equals 20 feet (1" = 20')

Scale must be consistent throughout the plot plan.

The plot plan depicts the measurements of all existing structures, patios, pavement, impervious services, roads, easements, setbacks and property lines as they are in real life.

Download Residential Addition Pot Plan Examples



Structures are required to be located at least 50 feet away from all jurisdictional wetland lines, mean high water lines or ordinary high water lines.

The location of all adjacent surface water bodies, wetlands, jurisdiction wetland line or high water line is necessary to confirm the setback requirements are being met.

When wetlands exist on the parcel, the location of the jurisdictional wetland line, mean high water line or the ordinary high water line must be shown on a survey.

A Wetlands Affidavit must be completed and submitted for the issuance of the Zoning Permit.

Download Wetlands Affidavit Form



Below is information and documents that will need to be completed if your parcel is locationed within the 100-year flood zone.

Lake County Flood Facts (PDF)
Flood Zone Determination Request Form
Elevation Certificate
Floodproofing Certificate
Floodplain Construction Authorization Permit



A Notice of Commencement Form notes the intent to begin improvements, the location of the property, description of the work and the amount of bond (if any). It also identifies the property owner, contractor, surety, lender and other pertinent information. Failure to record a Notice of Commencement or incorrect information on the Notice could contribute to your having to pay twice for the same work or materials.

According to Florida law (Florida Statute 713), those who work on your property or provide materials, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to enforce their claim for payment against your property. This claim is known as a construction lien. For more information concerning Florida’s Construction Lien Law, click on the following link: www.myfloridalicense.com

What do I need to do with the Notice of Commencement form once I complete it?
Please take the completed form to the Clerk of the Court Recording Division, have it recorded and obtain a certified copy. You will need to provide a certified copy to the Building Division prior to the first inspection, or you can include the certified copy in the documents you upload during the permitting process. If you would like us to record the Notice of Commencement for you, please mail the completed form and a check in the amount of $16.00 made out to the 'Lake County Board of County Commissioners' to: Lake County Building Division, P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778

Download Notice of Commencement form

For more information concerning the recording of this document, please contact the Clerk’s Recording Division at 352-253-2600; the office is located at 122 E. Main Street, Tavares and their website address is: www.lakecountyclerk.org/administrative_services/recording.aspx

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