License renewals due Sept. 30!
Renewal of Certificates of Competency for contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County is due by Sept. 30, when county licenses expire. After that, late fees increase monthly. The renewal period began Aug. 18.
Renew easily online at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing. Those who must renew in person may do so at the Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, in the Permitting Lobby.
For renewals, certificates for Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance must be active and current in our database. Verify the status of your certificates online at www.leegov.com/econnect. Updated insurance certificates can be e-mailed to ContractorLicensing@leegov.com or faxed to (239) 485-8577.
The fee for renewal is $90 for all trades and $100 for general, building and residential contractors. Journeyman renewal fees are $24. Fees increase after September 30.
The fee for voluntary inactive status is $18, and you must complete the Application for Inactive Status Form. Download it at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.
Make checks payable to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.
If your certificate of competency is not renewed or placed on voluntary inactive status by March 31, 2015, it will expire. Renewal of expired certificates requires a new application and approval by the Construction Licensing Board.
Updated state licenses now required
Contractor Licenses issued through the State of Florida expired August 31 and are now required for County permits and processes.
State contractors who use Lee County’s automated phone system for permitting activities will need to renew their Selectron PIN # during re-registration of their state license with the County.
For more information about registering a state license, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.
Commissioners consider impact fee issues
The Lee Board of County Commissioners consolidated park impact fee districts and will update the studies that set road and school impact fees.
At their regular meeting Sept. 16, Commissioners approved revisions to the Lee County Land Development Code that reduce the number of impact fee districts from nine to five and allow park impact fees to be used in adjacent districts when benefit to other districts can be shown. The new district boundaries will be effective Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Commissioners have also directed staff to hire a consultant to update the studies that set road and school impact fees. The studies will be complete prior to March 2015.
Public hearings before Lee Commissioners have been scheduled for:
· Amendments to the Lee County Land Development Code for the North Olga Planning Community Area, Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers. They establish a community review process for enhanced standards for water management, parking, architectural standards, landscaping and signage; and include provisions for home occupations.
· Amendment CPA2011-00020 Fiddlesticks Boulevard Parcel, Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers. It would change the Lee Plan Future Land Use Map category from rural and wetlands to outlying suburban and wetlands for a 394-acre parcel east of Fiddlesticks Boulevard and west of I-75 in the Daniels Parkway Planning Community. The applicant is asking for a maximum of 1,182 residential units and neighborhood commercial uses.
August 2014 permit report
During August, contractors pulled 85 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $19.5 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 97 permits issued in July and 88 issued in August 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
Also during August, 12 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 50 in July and 53 in August 2013.
General commercial activity was valued at more than $7.1 million for 21 permits, compared to $9.4 million in July and nearly $2.5 million in August 2013.
Lee County Community Development issued 3,421 permits of all kinds during August.
For additional permit reports, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/Reports.
Upcoming meetings and public hearings
Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee – Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.
Lee Board of County Commissioners – Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers – first public hearing on Land Development Code amendments for the North Olga Planning Community.
Lee Board of County Commissioners – Wednesday, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers – public hearing on Amendment CPA2011-00020 Fiddlesticks Boulevard Parcel and zoning hearings for Estero Apartments DCI2013-00024 and REZ2013-00016
Lee Board of County Commissioners – Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers – second public hearing on Land Development Code amendments for the North Olga Planning Community.
Local Planning Agency – Monday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers
For the detailed calendar, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/calendar.