The State of Florida implemented the Florida Products Approval System on October 01, 2003. The covered products are those which affect the structural integrity of buildings during hurricanes. These categories of products must be approved either by the local Building Office for local use or by the Florida Building Commission for statewide use. The categories of products as defined in Rule 9B-72 of the Florida Administrative Code for statewide approval includes:
- Exterior Doors
- Panels Walls
- Structural Components
- New and innovative building envelope products
Statewide Approval Option - The Florida Building Code Information System provides information, a list of approved products as well as frequent questions asked and answers related to products approval.
Miami - Dade Option - Miami - Dade is an approved Certification Agency under Rule 9B-72, therefore a Notice Of Acceptance / Label in compliance with the criteria as stated above will be acceptable. Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office provides valuable information.
For more information on approved products visit the Product Control Search.
Local Approval Option - Using the local approval option will require providing the local building official with specific documentation as detailed in Rule 9B-72.
As part of the plan review process for building permit applications, applicants must include in the application package copies of products approvals, manufacturer’s data and installation instructions for any product covered under the products approval categories.