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Lee County Community Development


February 2015


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Final month to renew competency license

The March 31, 2015 FINAL deadline is approaching for contractors to renew expired licenses

Renewals of Certificates of Competency for contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County were due Sept. 30, but may still be renewed with late fees that increase monthly.

The fee for renewal in February is $125 for all trades and $135 for general, building and residential contractors.  Journeyman renewal fees are $43.   

Renew easily online at  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.

Certificates for Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance must be active and current in our database.  Verify the status of your certificates online at  Updated insurance certificates can be e-mailed to or faxed to 239-485-8577.

If your certificate of competency is not renewed or placed on voluntary inactive status by March 31, 2015, it will expire.  The fee for voluntary inactive status is now $35, and you must complete the Application for Inactive Status Form.  Download it at

Renewal of expired certificates requires a new application and approval by the Construction Licensing Board.

Make checks payable to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

Impact fee hearings set for March 3

Lee County Commissioners will hold public hearings during their regular 9:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday, March 3 to discuss impact fees.

Currently, transportation, school and park impact fees are being charged at a reduced rate.  That discount expires March 13 without additional Board action. Commissioners received updated studies on transportation and school impact fees that propose new fee schedules. Commissioners have been discussing:

1.    Setting a new fee schedule in the Land Development Code;

2.    Collecting the fees as a lower rate for the next three years.

At their regular meeting Jan. 20, Commissioners amended Ord. 13-06 to clarify permitting-related dates for qualifying for the expiring discounts. The new Ord. 15-02 makes the discount available to building permits submitted by close of business at 4:30 p.m. on March 13, 2015 and issued by the close of business Sept. 11, 2015.  This ordinance applies only to permits for construction in unincorporated Lee County, and does not apply to permits in Estero.

Read about recent impact fee considerations at the Community Development website

Public Notice: Change in E 9-1-1 addressing

Please be advised that all platted subdivisions or lots that are undeveloped will have any assigned addresses removed from the Lee County Property Appraiser’s website.

To request an address for any parcel without an address please contact the E 9-1-1 Addressing office for a newly assigned address at 239-533-3930 or

Revisions pending for Mulloch floodway

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reviewing revisions to the boundaries of the Mulloch Creek Regulatory Floodway.

Case #14-04-5866P, an application for a Letter of Map Revision on Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 12071C0577F, would reduce the regulatory floodway and may also increase base flood elevations on a limited portion of Constitution Circle.  No changes in flood zones are proposed.

Read the legal notice and see a map of this proposed change at

Maps revised for Boca Grande

As a result of private appeals, V Zone boundaries, base flood elevations and boundaries of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act have been revised for a portion of Boca Grande.

  • FEMA Case 14-04-6406P converts a portion of the V Zone to AE Zone and increases some base flood elevations for a section of Treasure Lane in Boca Grande Isles. It became effective Jan. 15, 2015.
  • FEMA Case 14-04-8329P converts a portion of the V Zone to AE Zone and decreases some base flood elevations for a section of Jose Gaspar Drive in Boca Grande Isles effective May 12, 2015.  Through April 10, 2015, appeals of this case may be submitted to FEMA Region IV in Atlanta, 770-220-5400.
  • Congress approved a Fish and Wildlife Commission adjustment to the boundaries of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act effective Dec. 18, 2014 to exclude a portion of Buttonwood Drive.

For details about FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map cases, go to  Additional information about the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System can be found at

NGVD29 conversions on Elevation Certificates

Community Development respectfully asks surveyors who submit FEMA elevation certificates to cite NAVD88 benchmarks in Section C of the certificate IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.

There are areas of unincorporated Lee where the most convenient benchmarks remain in the outdated datum.  For these areas, we continue to accept NGVD29 benchmarks with the conversion factor noted in Section D – Surveyor Comments.

January 2015 permit report

During January, contractors pulled 79 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $23.1 million in unincorporated Lee County.  That compares to 76 permits issued in December and 77 issued in January 2014, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during January, 358 multi-family units collectively valued at more than $20.8 million were permitted, compared to 30 in December and 20 in January 2014.  January’s multi-family permitting included 240 units in 10 buildings in the Springs of Estero Development at Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and Everblades Parkway and 83 units in 11 buildings in the Health Park Luxury Apartments at Metro Parkway and Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

General commercial activity was valued at $26 million for 17 permits, compared to nearly $6.5 million in December and more than $2.9 million in January 2014. Commercial permits included a $17.5 million, three-story senior living facility at Tamiami Trail and Pelican Colony Boulevard and the $7.5 million Wal-Mart at 11320 Summerlin Square Dr.

Lee County Community Development issued 3,386 permits of all kinds during January.

For additional permit reports, go to

Upcoming meetings and public hearings

Local Planning Agency – Monday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee – Wednesday, March 11, 2 p.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.

Land Development Code Advisory Committee – Friday, March 13, 8 a.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.

For the detailed calendar, go to


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