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Roles & Responsibilities
It is the City’s responsibility to assure uniform construction practices related to the public health, safety and welfare are adhered to. This is accomplished through continual training and certification of the division staff members.
The Building Division staff is charged with ensuring that structures built, altered, renovated, etc., within the city limits of Destin meet all applicable building codes. Staff performs building plan reviews, provides building code interpretations, inspects during all phases of construction and issues Certificates of Occupancy. Building staff also issue local business tax receipts (also known as business licenses) as well as maintains up to date information on all contractors working within the city.
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any required impact resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Florida Building Code. This includes non- habitable structures: accessory buildings, driveways, walkways, retaining walls, fences, bulkheads, seawalls, marine docks/piers, boardwalks, beach dune walkovers, clearing and grading, etc.
Construction without a permit can lead to serious problems and is not legal. Complications can arise when selling or refinancing your property for which a permit was not obtained. Many lending institutions require final approval by the city prior to release of funds. The cost of your homeowner’s insurance can also be affected by unpermitted work.
Do You Need A Permit?
All permits issued require an inspection(s). Without inspection, permit will remain open.
All qualified inspection requests received during regular business hours will be scheduled for the following business day. Contractors: please ensure the homeowners/project owner are notified of the scheduled date of inspection.
Contractor Information and Application
For all contractors in the City of Destin for which a permit is required, the Building Division verifies their State of Florida, County and local licenses, as required by City Ordinance and Certificate of Insurance from a Florida Licensed Insurance Company for General Liability 61G4-15.003(2)(c), and Worker’s Compensation as required by FS 440.103, 440.41, 440.42, and 489.144.
The Certificate Holder on the General Liability should read:
City of Destin
4100 Indian Bayou Trail
Destin, FL 32541
Permit/Contractor Instruction Sheets
Basic Permit Instructions
Contractor Registration Instructions
Flooring Permit (by owner) Instructions
Alternate Plan Review & Inspection Policy
Blower Door-Envelope Leakage Test Report
Duct Leakage Test Report
Early Power Request
Elevated Machinery Equipment Form
Inspection Affidavit- Reroof
Inspection Affidavit- Roof to Wall
Letter of Authorization
Notice to Owner
Notice of Commencement Requirements/Instructions
Notice of Commencement
Open Space Spreadsheet with Formulas
Owner Disclosure Statement
Owner Disclosure Statement- Electrical
Owner Disclosure Statement - Gas
Product Approval Form
Pool Safety Act Form- Residential
V Zone Certification
2020 Florida Building Code (7th Edition) NOW IN EFFECT FloridaBuilding.org
Modified Amendments to the Code: (Modified FBC Admin & Flood 18-07-CC-FBC)
FY21 Building Permit and Inspection Utilization Report
City Projects Map- December 2022
PLEASE REPORT UNLICENSED CONTRACTING ACTIVITY TO:
Department of Business & Professional Regulations (DBPR)
DBPR Website DBPR toll free number: (866) 532-1440
The COMPASS (COMmunity Permitting And Support System) is now available!