Building Division

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.

FY22 Building Utilization Report


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

New Residential and Commercial Permit Requirements and Processes


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2020 Florida Building Code (7th Edition) NOW IN EFFECT 

Modified Amendments to the Code: (Modified FBC Admin & Flood 18-07-CC-FBC


Department of Business & Professional Regulations (DBPR)

DBPR Website   DBPR toll free number: (866) 532-1440


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