A new law that would allow homeowners to build their own homes and build a house without a permit has caught the attention of Florida lawmakers.
The bill, HB 2178, has received support from Republican Gov.
Rick Scott, who has said he supports the new legislation and hopes to sign it.
The law is now on the House floor, with the Senate expected to take up the legislation at a later date.
It is also being debated by the state House, where some Republicans have said they do not want to make it mandatory for all homeowners to obtain a permit.
The House passed a bill earlier this month that would have required new construction projects to have a building permit, but a Republican-led Senate approved the bill earlier today.
In addition to the new building permit requirements, the bill also would allow owners of existing homes to build on vacant land.
“It would allow people to build something in their backyard, where they could park their vehicles and park in their yards and build whatever they wanted,” said Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Winter Park.
“If you want to put up a home in the middle of nowhere, that is what you are doing.”
The bill would also provide incentives to encourage homeowners to take advantage of the new land rules.
For example, if the house was built on vacant property, the state would reimburse the homeowners for the cost of the first year of the permit, and for the rest of the year after the building permit is issued.
If the house is not built on the vacant property within the first three years, the homeowners would not be able to deduct the cost.
For a $200,000 home, that would amount to about $4,000 in property taxes.
Deuel says the new law will encourage the state to do more to encourage home building.
“The problem with a lot of these policies is that they are not going to help the people that are actually building the houses and they don’t help the economy,” Deuella said.
“They are not solving the problem.”
A spokeswoman for Scott’s office says the governor does not support the bill and hopes it will be vetoed by the governor.
The state House is scheduled to vote on the bill at a scheduled hearing on March 6.