Can I act as my own contractor?
State law requires construction to be done by licensed contractors, but under exemption to the law you allowed to act as your own contractor with certain restrictions. You may act as an owner-builder provided that you are building or improving a one- or two-family home, a farm outbuilding, or a commercial building with a construction value of less than $25,000.00. It must be for your own use and occupancy and not built for sale or lease. If it is a residence, you must reside in the home for at least a year after the improvements. As an owner-builder, you are required to provide direct, on-site supervision of the construction and are responsible for making sure any subcontractors are licensed. Any unlicensed person must work directly for you under your direct supervision, which would make you responsible for deducting FICA and withholding tax and providing workers’ compensation for that person.

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1. Do I have to get a permit to work on my own home?
2. Can I act as my own contractor?
3. How much does a building permit cost?
4. How many sets of drawings are required?
5. How long does it take to get a building permit?
6. What type of work requires a permit?
7. How do I determine if I am in a flood zone, and if flood insurance required?
8. Will I need a permit to remove trees?
9. What is a protected tree?
10. What is DBH?
11. Do I need a permit to remove a protected tree?
12. What criteria used to determine if a permit will be approved?
13. What trees are exempt from permitting?
14. Do I need a permit to prune or trim a protected tree?
15. How much does a tree removal permit cost?
16. Do I have to replace trees being removed?
17. What is a replacement tree?
18. My neighbor’s tree is hanging over my property, can I prune it?
19. How do I trim a palm tree?
20. What happens if a tree is illegally removed or pruned illegally beyond repair?
21. Can I plant a tree on my property?
22. Who do I contact for maintenance of the trees in city right- of- ways or easements?