What is a “Notice of Commencement”?

Except for an improvement that is exempt pursuant to s. 713.02(5), an owner or the owner's authorized agent before actually commencing to improve any real property, or recommencing completion of any improvement after default or abandonment, whether or not a project has a payment bond complying with s. 713.23, shall record a notice of commencement in the clerk's office and forthwith post either a certified copy thereof or a notarized statement that the notice of commencement has been filed for recording along with a copy thereof. The notice of commencement shall contain the following information:

  1. A description sufficient for identification of the real property to be improved. The description should include the legal description of the property and also should include the street address of the property if available or, if there is no street address available, such additional information as will describe the physical location of the real property to be improved.
  2. A general description of the improvement.
  3. The name and address of the owner, the owner's interest in the site of the improvement, and the name and address of the fee simple titleholder, if other than such owner.
  4. The name and address of the contractor.
  5. The name and address of the surety on the payment bond under s. 713.23, if any, and the amount of such bond.
  6. The name and address of any person making a loan for the construction of the improvements.
  7. The name and address within the state of a person other than himself or herself who may be designated by the owner as the person upon whom notices or other documents may be served under this part; and service upon the person so designated constitutes service upon the owner.

Please refer to Florida Statute 713.13 for additional information.

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6. What must be provided with a permit application?
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8. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
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