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Notice of Commencement

December 2021, issue 1



Written by TATIANA gUSt

A Notice of Commencement is a legal document that informs the public that a project has started.

The main reason to file this document, when improvements exceed $2500 (or $7,500 for A/C equipment) is to protect owners from paying their contractors twice.

How is that? Well, a contactor, subcontractor, or supplier can make a complaint stating that he/she was not paid and if you don’t have an NOC to prove otherwise, they may place a lien on your property until the payment is satisfied.

According to chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes, a properly filled NOC needs to include the following information:

  • Description of the property and address.
  • Description of the improvements to be made.
  • The owner’s name and address.
  • Construction lender’s name, street address, mailing address, and telephone number, if applicable.
  • Information of the party commissioning the work, which can be the owner or a tenant.
  • Payment bond securities, if it applies to your project.
  • And the time it will take to complete the work.
Notice of Commencement

This document also secures the right of workers to get paid for providing labor and materials for the project.

Per Florida Statutes, an NOC is required to be recorded and a copy provided to the building department prior to the first inspection.

Keep in mind that the NOC needs to be recorded before the start of the project, however, failing to begin the project within 30 days of recording it will void the NOC. Also, consider that inspections are not allowed unless the NOC is recorded and posted at the job site.  Make sure you display your document clearly onsite.

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Exposure represents the adjustments due the characteristics of the terrain surrounding the building.

Exposure B.For buildings with a mean roof height of less than or equal to 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness B, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 1,500 feet (457 m). For buildings with a mean roof height greater than 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where Surface Roughness B prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 2,600 feet (792 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater.

Exposure C.Exposure C shall apply for all cases where Exposure B or D does not apply.

Exposure D.Exposure D shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness D, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 5,000 feet (1524 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater. Exposure D shall also apply where the ground surface roughness immediately upwind of the site is B or C, and the site is within a distance of 600 feet (183 m) or 20 times the building height, whichever is greater, from an Exposure D condition as defined in the previous sentence.