The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The School Board shall establish a Code Enforcement Office, employ a Building Code Administrator (BCA) and/or subcontract for code enforcement services. Approved project plans will be reviewed for code compliance, permits issued, and the work inspected. Two (2) types of permits will be issued: annual facility maintenance permits and building permits.
 A.Annual Facility Maintenance Permits: 
  Each school or facility will be issued an annual facility maintenance permit to facilitate routine maintenance, emergency repairs, building refurbishment, and minor renovations of systems or equipment. Qualifiers for this type of permit will be the Operation and Maintenance Director and/or his/her designee. Annual Facility Maintenance Permits will be issued in their names. The amount expended per maintenance project may not exceed statutory limits. A facility maintenance permit is valid for one (1) year. A detailed log of alterations and inspections must be maintained and annually submitted to the BCA. The BCA retains the right to make inspections at the facility site as s/he considers necessary.

 B.Building Permits:
  Building permits are required for new construction, additions, remodeling, renovations, site work, structural modifications, major mechanical and electrical upgrades, roofing, re-roofing, and demolition. District project managers and/or their contractors will submit application for a permit to the Educational Facilities Code Compliance Office. District project managers will have Phase III documents reviewed by licensed architect/engineer as required by F.S. 1013.38. Upon receipt of Phase III project documents approval from the BCA, and upon issuance of the building permit work can commence and then be inspected. When the work is deemed complete, the BCA will issue a Certificate of Occupancy.

 C.Design Services:
  The Board or volunteer service organization which under takes any project that includes new construction, addition, remodeling, and structural modifications shall have plans and specifications prepared by a licensed design professional as required by State Requirements for Education Facilities 4.1(2). Volunteer service organization projects will also require construction documents be submitted for review, approval, permitting, and inspections.
  Board approved projects will be governed by the standard District contracts. Volunteer project sponsor(s) will submit a standard partnership agreement for project approval prior to commencement of work.

  All construction on Board-owned property including volunteer or service organization projects, shall be performed by State-certified or licensed general contractors and subcontractors, or locally registered subcontractors where their registration is valid, as required by State Requirements for Education Facilities 4.1(5) and shall follow approved processes as described under Florida statute. Prequalification of contractors shall be required as per statute for construction services.

 E.Building Inspection Procedures:
  Each school facility construction project will be inspected in accordance with State Department of Education rules, State law, and the Florida Building Code. Additional inspections shall be provided for as defined in administrative directives or as deemed necessary by the Building Committee for life safety of the building occupants.

F.S. 1013.37, 1013.38
F.A.C. 104.1.1