The month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month by the U.S. Government and other government agencies around the world. Building Safety Month was founded by the International Code Council (ICC) 39 years ago. Orange County Government has been participating in Building Safety Month for more than 10 years.

The theme for Building Safety Month 2019 is “No Code, No Confidence.” All communities need building codes to protect their residents and infrastructure. Thorough building codes – adopted and enforced by well-trained professional code officials – protect all building structures within the community. This year’s topics include disaster preparedness, training and education, sustainability (with a focus on securing clean, abundant water for all), partnerships between construction professionals and homeowners, and innovations in building safety.

Orange County Division of Building Safety will host its fourth annual Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 22 in the Atrium of the Orange County Administration Center, located at 201 S. Rosalind in Orlando. The event will encompass all the major themes with partner displays and information related to the month’s topics.

In addition to the signature event, the primary focus for 2019 will be training and education. The Division of Building Safety will offer multiple training opportunities for customers who wish to submit electronic permit applications on Fast Track, Orange County’s electronic development activity portal. There will also be opportunities for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing trade license holders to earn free Continuing Education Units.

The entire list of Building Safety Month events is available below and can also be accessed on Fast Track. For more information on Building Safety Month, contact Allyn Bencen at 407-836-2964 or Allyn.Bencen@ocfl.net.

  • Monday, May 6 | 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Free CEUs: Florida Building Code
    Licensed Building Contractors: Join us for four (4) hours of free CEU training
    Location: Barnett Park’s Dolphin Room
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Monday, May 6 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Free CEUs: Florida Building Code
    Licensed Plumbing Contractors: Join us for four (4) hours of free CEU training
    Location: Barnett Park’s Dolphin Room
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Tuesday, May 7 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Fast Track Training: Solar Permits
    Join us for specialized training for submitting solar permits electronically.
    Location: Orange County Administration Center, Cypress Conference Room
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Tuesday, May 14 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Fast Track Training: Electronic Plans and Sub-Permitting
    Two classes to be held concurrently for those who submit plans and those who do not.
    Location: Orange County Administration Center, Cypress Conference Room
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Monday, May 20| 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Free CEUs: Florida Building Code
    Licensed Building Contractors: Join us for four (4) hours of free CEU training
    Location: Barnett Park’s Dolphin Room
  • Monday, May 20| 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Free CEUs: Florida Building Code
    Licensed Mechanical Contractors: Join us for four (4) hours free CEU training
    Location: Barnett Park’s Dolphin Room
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Wednesday, May 22 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Customer Appreciation Day
    Join us for a day of fun, education and refreshments as we honor our customers.
    Location: Orange County Administration Center, Atrium
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Wednesday, May 22 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Fast Track Training: Electronic Plans and Sub-Permitting
    Two classes to be held concurrently for those who submit plans and those who do not.
    Location: Orange County Administration Center, Board of County Commissioners Chambers
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Wednesday, May 22| 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Free CEUs: Electrical Calculations
    Licensed Electrical Contractors: Join us for four (4) hours of free CEU training
    Location: Greater Orlando Builders Association
    Visit the event page to register.
  • Wednesday, May 29| 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Free CEUs: Electrical Calculations
    Licensed Electrical Contractors: Join us for four (4) hours of free CEU training
    Location: Greater Orlando Builders Association
    Visit the event page to register.

Photo Caption: Permit Analyst Elsa Guilbe greets a guest during Building Safety Customer Appreciation Day.

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