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NOVEMBER 2022, issue 1



Written by TATIANA gUSt

Today I want to share some helpful information about what is available to anyone online. In our last blog we talked about the zoning codes and the building codes, so I decided to provide helpful links here to the resources for those codes. 

I will start with the simple single statewide code, the Florida Building Code. This link allows you to see all the building codes which includes about eight books, all of which you can electronically search and read about what applies under each category. The residential code is a really detailed book that if you truly wanted to design your own home, you could so do by following all the specifications listed in the code.  

The link to the Florida Building code online is here  

Now we will review the other resource, which is the Municode. This website is pretty amazing, as you can find most of the jurisdictions throughout the country in a single location. They have all the details about the land development codes or codes of ordinances for each local jurisdiction. This is where all the details are gathered and available to the public for review at any time.  

The link to the Municode Florida is here 

When you go to this website, you can select the state, then narrow down your search to the proper municipality. I do want to caution you about the correct jurisdiction. Please review our video where we teach you how to find your jurisdiction (CLICK HERE). When there is a city with the same name of the county in which they are located, such as City of Sarasota and Sarasota County, be very careful, because as mentioned in previous blogs, the requirement in each could be quite different. Municode has a very good search tool that allows you to navigate to areas of interest based on what you are searching for.  

My recommendation for using Municode is to do the following: 

  • Find the county in which you are located – What county am I in? 
  • Find the municipality you belong to – Local property appraisers website or call them and ask them. 
  • Go to the building department website and search for the “zoning maps” in that jurisdiction, enter the address for the project, and determine the zoning code. Or call them to find out as well. 
  • Go to Municode and select State, then find your jurisdiction within the list provided. 
  • Search for the zoning code previously determined. 
  • Search for all the items important for the development of the projects since such as setbacks, restrictions, uses, etc.  

I have shared this information with many design professionals to teach them how to find the information they need by themselves. You don’t need to know all the answers, but you DO need to know how to find them. 

Share the knowledge and let me know what else you would like me to address in a future blog. Share and subscribe to our blog!  

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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.