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Code Enforcement & Building Department

Code Enforcement
Building Department

Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Building Official: Pedro Martinez

Inspectors:
Building Inspector: Leonardo Ligouri
Electrical Inspector: Jose Dabul
Mechanical Inspector: Giuseppe Nediam
Plumbing Inspector: Victor Diaz
Roofing Inspector: Antonio Sanchez

Building Clerk: buildingclerk@villageofelportal.org

Code Officer: Fitzgerald Simmons

Code Enforcement Committee

Vice-Mayor Anders Urbom, Chair
Councilperson Luis Pirela, Vice-Chair
Councilperson Anna Lightfoot-Ward, Member

Electronic Plan Submission

View Instructions (Click for PDF)

Once submitted you will be automatically and periodically updated on the status of your electronic review process.  Once approved, you will be contacted and given a permit fee to pay via credit card.  After permit fee is paid, you can download your approved permit package to download.

ATTENTION TO ALL APPLICANTS, ONLY TWO FORMAT SUBMISSION PROCESS OPTIONS WILL BE ACCEPTABLE BY THE VILLAGE OF EL PORTAL – BUILDING DEPARTMENT.  PROCESS OPTION 1, HARD COPY DROP OFF VIA APPOINTMENT ONLY TO VILLAGE OF EL PORTAL – BUILDING DEPARTMENT OFFICE.  PROCESS OPTION 2, ELECTRONIC PLAN REVIEW SUBMISSION VIA WEB PORTAL.  PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL ANY PLANS OR SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS AS IT WILL DELAY YOUR REVIEW PROCESS.

Building Department Operation Details

Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Building Official: Pedro J Martinez

Inspectors:
Chief Plumbing: Victor Diaz
Mechanical Inspector: Giuseppe Nediani
Chief Electrical: Jose Dabul
Building Inspector: Leonardo Ligouri
Building Clerk: buildingclerk@villageofelportal.org

All inspections are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. You must call the day before by 4:00 PM to schedule an inspection.

The Building Department can be reached by calling Village Hall at 305-795-7880.

ATTENTION RESIDENTS AND CONTRACTORS OF EL PORTAL.
EFFECTIVE MONDAY 3/26/2018 THE VILLAGE OF EL PORTAL WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH AS A FORM OF PAYMENT.

PLEASE ADHERE TO CREDIT CARD, CHECK, MONEY ORDER OR CASHIERS CHECK.

IF YOU ARE PULLING A PERMIT, HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
OWNER BUILDER AFFIDAVIT & INSTRUCTIONS

Solar Submittal Checklist

Code Officer Fitzgerald Simmons

Need a Lien Search?

Effective as of January 1, 2022, all requests for Village of El Portal municipal lien information will be handled by Orange Data Systems. We are partnering with Orange Data to process our lien requests from title companies, closing agents and others obtaining information about outstanding debt owed to the Village. Orange Data will be providing timely, enhanced professional quality reports.

Visit https://order.orangelien.com/ to access an order form and communicate your request.

All lien requests/estoppel requests should be directed to Orange Data.

Please establish an account with Orange Data today! Visit https://order.orangelien.com to register.

To ensure a clear title upon transfer of ownership of a property, a lien must be paid prior to the transfer. Orange Data will only report on liens issued by the Village of El Portal. A full search should still be made by the title company or real estate attorney.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Orange Data Systems directly at 407-965-4245 or via email at info@orangelien.com.

File & Track Formal Complaints

El Portal is designated Sol Smart - Bronze

Village of El Portal Joins National Program to Reduce Solar Energy Costs

February 11, 2019 – The Village of El Portal has recently teamed up with the South Florida Regional Planning Council and joined a cohort of cities and counties participating in SolSmart, a national technical assistance and designation program that guides communities in lowering the costs and barriers for community members to go solar and encourages solar energy development. South Florida Regional Planning Council was selected together in a competitive process nationwide to be granted no-cost technical assistance from a SolSmart Advisor. The Advisor has been working full-time since November with the Village of El Portal to provide expertise and dedicated support to encourage solar energy growth locally and to help achieve SolSmart designation.

Preparing your building for a hurricane

It is never too early to prepare for hurricane season. The Florida Building Code requires that the owner, occupant or user of a property take precautions for the securing of buildings and equipment. We encourage you to look at the information provided below, or if you have additional questions or concerns, call our department.

Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    — non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — snack foods
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools/fuel
    — paper plates/plastic utensils
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items – for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    — proper identification / immunization records / medications
    — ample supply of food and water
    — a carrier or cage
    — muzzle and leash

Please visit the NOAA website for additional information and tips on pre-disaster preparedness:
NOAA Hurricane Preparedness

Sec. 8-16. – Special Hurricane Inspections.

(a) During such periods of time as the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather advisory that is in effect for Miami-Dade County, best efforts must be used so that all furniture, display racks, material and similar loose objects in exposed outdoor locations, including loose material of projects under construction are secured or otherwise appropriately braced to rigid construction or stored in buildings to the extent practicable given the conditions. Orders shall be oral or written and shall be given to any person on the premises most logically responsible for maintenance and such orders shall be carried out before winds of tropical storm velocity are anticipated.

(b) After winds of the velocity associated with a severe weather event are experienced and have subsided, the Building Official shall investigate to determine if damage has occurred to buildings or other structures.

(c) No building or other structure or assembly or part thereof, which was damaged or collapsed or out of plumb or line shall be repaired or altered or otherwise returned to its original position without inspection and approval by the Building Official.

(d) For the purposes of this section, “severe weather advisory” shall be defined as any one of the following: a tropical storm warning, a hurricane watch, or a hurricane warning and the term “severe weather event” shall be defined as a tropical storm or hurricane.

(Ord. No. 01-112, § 1, 7-10-01; Ord. No. 06-7, § 1, 1-24-06)