“So you would rather ask for forgiveness than permission?”
A client had erected a wood fence on a side yard property line of the condominium complex he owned wanting to delineate his property from his neighbor’s as the shell paved parking and driveways merged. He did this without a permit and the neighbor turned him in to the county. To rectify this he had to get permission from a laymen’s volunteer Architectural Review Committee on Manasota Key prior to getting a contractor to apply for a fence permit. Owner builder permits are only allowed on single family owner occupied properties. Things did not go well at the committee meeting. He was chastised and was told (among other requirements) that he had to get an updated survey of the entire condominium property to properly apply for their approval. The next call was to Dale Lewis. I contacted the county about all applicable codes and read what was required. I called the chairperson of the Architectural Review Committee and walked through the requirements and what I was proposing to present. I appeared before the committee and the fence was approved. I applied and received an after the fact fence permit. The survey that would have cost $4,000.00 was not required.
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