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Roofing in a High Velocity Hurricane Zone


If you are a roofing contractor in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade or Broward County you should recognize this page. It is Section”A” and “B” of the High Velocity Hurricane Zone Uniform Permit Application Form which is required to be submitted, in duplicate, with any roofing permit application. Palm Beach county has a slightly different version, but the required information is similar. The form is used to detail the roofing systems to be installed, and their components. In addition to the form itself, for each of the products or systems used, a Notice of Acceptance or Product Approval is required to be submitted indicating that the materials are approved for use in a high velocity hurricane zone.

Miami-Dade County and Broward County also require two additional documents to be submitted with the application package. The Underwriters Laboratories fire directory listing indicating that the product or system has a Class”A” fire rating, and the Section 1524 Required Owners Notification for Roofing Considerations.

Just when you figured you were done and ready to submit there still may be another document you need to add. An engineers signed and sealed calculations for enhanced fastener spacing. This is required in all three Counties, depending on the roofing system you are using. There is one exception, and that is that RAS-150 (Roofing Application Standards), a Prescriptive BUR (Built Up Roofing) Requirement is accepted in Broward County instead of an engineers sealed calculations if the systems and products described in RAS-150 are used.

There is still another document you may need. An Asbestos Notification form. The requirement’s on notification and asbestos disposal vary from County to County and are usually under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Protection. Typically asbestos is only an issue on commercial re-roofs.

Your still not done! If this is a commercial re-roof you will need an asbestos report prepared by a certified laboratory and that report submitted with your permit application package. Engineered drainage calculations, pull tests, and moisture sampling may also be required as a part of your submittal.

If this all sounds way too complicated, or if you just do not have the time to put roofing permit application packages together, Permit Source offers that service to our clients. We can do roofing surveys, acquire all the necessary engineering, assemble the permit submittal package and apply for the roofing permit. We are experienced in the over 100 building departments in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties and know their specific requirements. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or for rate quotes.