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Yes. Drawings are required for all new or structurally modified buildings. They are required to be signed and sealed by Architect or Engineer in addition to the requirements under FL Statutes 471.003 and 481.229.
In accordance with Florida Statutes 489.103.7 if the property you are building / improving is for your own personal use and occupancy and is a one or two family residence, an owner can act as their own contractor. You may also build or improve a commercial building, provided your cost does not exceed $75,000.
You have two years from date of issuance to complete a project as long as work is continuous. If the project is dormant for six months, the permit is void. Extensions may be granted for some circumstances provided they are requested in writing to the Building Official.
The City is currently under the 2020 Florida Building Code 7th Edition and the 2017 NEC.
For all waterfront modifications, additions and demolition, first contact the city of Destin's Community Development Department at 654-1119. Permitting is required and the Community Development staff can help you navigate through the process.
Because the installation of concrete and/or pavers changes the impervious surface therefore, a permit is always required.
The City of Destin follows all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and guidelines.
When it comes to flying a drone you must be aware of the FAA rules and regulations. As technology constantly changes please be sure to stay up-to-date on drone operations
For more information please visit the following websites:
FAA Fact Sheet - Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107)
B4UFLY Air Space Map
Alabama Northwest Florida Flight Standards District Office
1500 Urban Center Drive, Suite 250
Birmingham, Alabama 35242
AFG-600 BHM FSDO-09
Additional Info: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/
ArcGis Map from FAA: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad
For aircraft operations that you believe to be dangerous, low flying (acrobatic) or erratic in nature, please visit https://www.faa.gov/noise/inquiries/#other to review the FAA’s complaint and inquiry policy.
Below are directions from the Alabama/NWF FAA – Flight Standards District Office. The directions provide you with exactly what the FAA needs to investigate your concern.
The following link provides information about who to contact if you’re impacted by aircraft noise.
There are several city-owned parking lots available to the public. Most public parking options in the city are pay-to-park. For more information, visit the city's Parking Page.
Dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the beaches in Destin/Okaloosa County. We encourage you to visit the City of Destin's Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail.
Beach wedding permits are only available for The Shore at Crystal Beach Park and June White Decker Beach Park - maximum of 25 people. Beach access points are not available for permits. For more information about City of Destin event permits, please call the City of Destin Parks & Recreation Department at (850) 837-4242.
The City of Destin contracts with PAWS for animal control. To report an aggressive animal, call (850) 244-0196 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nights and weekends, call (850) 685-6003.
The City of Destin contracts with Waste Management, Inc., for all solid waste services within the city limits, including recycling. Single-family, residential recycling is available curbside. Visit our solid waste page for details.
A. Signs are prohibited from being placed in the city's rights-of-way or medians.B. Signs must be located on private property.C. Placement of signs on utility poles, trees or fences is prohibited.D. Signs must not obstruct the visibility of pedestrians, cyclists or motorists traveling or entering public streets.E. Signs must not block the visibility triangle of intersections.* Signs in violation of these provisions can be collected by the Code Enforcement Division and may be disposed of. Destin Land Development Code, Article 16
A quick and easy way for residents to report a street light outage is by clicking the Gulf Power link below.
We encourage Leave No Trace. Items left on the beach overnight will be removed by City staff and kept for approximately one week at the City of Destin’s Public Services Maintenance Yard. Appointments can be made to retrieve items by calling (850) 837-4242.
Yes. Please observe the Beach Flag Warning System and do not go into the water on a double red flag. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until the current weakens, then swim in. The Beach Safety Division focuses daily on making contact with the public on the beach to educate as many people as possible on the flag warning system, rip currents, ordinances, and general beach safety. For more information please visit http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/beach-safety
No one should block or impede in any manner the right of pedestrian access within 20 feet of the water’s edge.
June White Decker Beach Park (approximately .29 acres, over 70 parking spaces, showers and restrooms)
The closest beach trails are Silver Shells and Calhoun
Norreigo Point Beach Park (approximately 9.27 acres, 27 parking spaces, shower and overlooks the east pass, restrooms coming soon)
The closest beach trails are Norriego Point and O’Steen
Shore at Crystal Beach Park (approximately 65 feet, 9 parking spaces, restrooms, showers and covered picnic area)
The closest beach trails are Shirah and Crystal Beach
Henderson Beach is a state park that boasts over a mile of beach that charges a daily admission fee. The park has over 300 parking spaces, beach wheelchairs, covered picnic pavilions, restroom facilities, grills, accessible campsites and parking. Call 850.837.7550 for more information.
James Lee Park is a county beach park with over a quarter of a mile of beach near the Walton/Okaloosa County line. This park has 3 pavilions, 41 picnic tables, 9 dune walkovers, a playground, restrooms with changing rooms, showers and over 100 parking spaces. Call 850.689.5772 for more information.
Per city ordinance, vehicles are not allowed on the beach.
Per city ordinance, glass is not allowed on the beach.
In 2017, the City of Destin started our Leave No Trace initiative to promote environmental awareness and pride in our city. We love Destin and we all play a vital role and must be conscious of our actions and how they can impact our environment and city.
Through a partnership between the City of Destin, Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa Tourist Development Department, our beaches and beach trash cans are cleaned and emptied on a regular basis. In 2019, more than 1.3 million pounds of trash was collected from Destin and Okaloosa Island beaches. In 2020, about 900,000 pounds of trash was collected off the same beaches in a year of COVID-19 related travel impacts. It is our hope that residents and visitors will take individual pride and initiative to ensure that our emerald waters and sugar white beaches remains beautiful.
Our Leave no Trace initiative goes beyond our beaches and waterways. We want our residents, businesses, and visitors to take pride in our roadways, front yards, our parks as well as our entire city.
The Destin City Council, Mayor, and staff hope residents, local businesses and visitors will join the effort and support the Leave No Trace initiative, and here is how you can participate! Businesses can promote the initiative by displaying the Leave No Trace logo on their digital billboards or simply post “Leave No Trace” on their marquee sign. We kindly ask all residents and visitors to remove all the items that they bring with them. We ask they take pride in Destin and keep our beautiful city clean. It is that simple.
The city works with many partners to collaborate on various clean-ups throughout the year and operates an Adopt-A-Street Program which allows local families, businesses, and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris.
Okaloosa County supports and has expanded the Leave No Trace initiative. For more information on their efforts please visit http://myokaloosa.com/bcc/leavenotrace.
Our beaches are a nesting ground for sea turtles from May through October. Here is how to help:
Prevent all lights from illuminating the beach.
Look but don't touch. Disturbing is a federal and state violation.
Please fill holes in the sand.
Remove any litter.
NON-ENTITLEMENT TO HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION HURTS ALL OF US
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 193.155 (9) and 196.161(1) (b), when a property owner receives but is no longer entitled to a homestead exemption or agricultural classification, it is deemed to be non-compliant, an abuse of the law, and which affects all taxpayers.
To report homestead exemption abuse please visit: https://okaloosapa.com/report-exemption-abuse/
Examples of homestead fraud:
The owner(s) claim homestead exemption, but their permanent residence is elsewhere.
The owner(s) claim homestead exemption, but they rent the property to others for any portion of the year. (The exception is active military personnel away on orders can rent their homestead until returning).
The individual or family unit claim homestead exemption on more than one property (including a homestead exemption filed in another state).
If you know of a property in Okaloosa County currently receiving a tax reduction from a homestead exemption or agricultural classification which you believe should not be receiving, you are urged to report the activity by calling our Exemption Abuse Hotline or use the below form. If calling the hotline, our fraud investigator will speak with you, and you may remain completely anonymous if you desire.
When you call our Hotline, please provide as much of the following information:
For Homestead Exemption Abuse:
The address of the property in question.
Whether the property is vacant, a rental, or a vacation home.
The length of time since the owner has lived at the property.
The address where you believe the owner may be living now (if known).
Any other information relative to the fraudulent exemption.
For Agricultural Classification Abuse:
The address or location of the property.
The nature of the abuse.
Any other available information such as owner name or parcel ID number. (This can be found by conducting a property search from our homepage)
Thank you for your assistance in reporting suspected fraud. Your report will be promptly investigated and action taken if warranted.
Mack Busbee, CFA
Okaloosa County Property Appraiser
Are you interested in knowing what is being discussed at the next city council meeting? Sign up to receive notifications by visiting www.cityofdestin.com and click on "Agenda Center" (https://www.cityofdestin.com/568/Agendas-Minutes-Packets), scroll down to "My Subscriptions" and click the "Manage" button to create an account and sign up for council agenda, board and committee agendas, etc.
Waste Management (WM) collects lawn debris on Fridays. Acceptable items include grass clippings, leaves, tree branches. Yard waste must be bagged, canned, and/or stacked and not weigh more than 50 pounds per container and not be in excess of 6 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. Total volume not to exceed 2 cubic yards per yard waste service day. If it is not in this condition, a "special pickup" can be arranged by contacting Waste Management at 850-862-7141. For more information please visit https://www.wm.com/us/local/fl/destin/residential?cmp=ag_home_2018-11-15_usa_fl_destin .
Sec. 19.5-53. - Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places.
(a) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a law enforcement officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
(1) Stop, stand or park a vehicle:
a. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street.
b. On a sidewalk.
c. Within an intersection.
d. On a crosswalk.
e. Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the Division of Road Operations of the Florida Department of Transportation, Okaloosa County, or the city indicates a different length by signs or markings.
f. Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.
g. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street.
h. On a bicycle path.
i. At any place where official traffic control devices prohibit stopping.
j. At any place where official signs prohibit stopping, standing or parking.
(2) Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:
a. In front of a public or private driveway.
b. Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant.
c. Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
d. Within thirty (30) feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.
e. Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of such entrance (when properly sign-posted).
f. On an exclusive bicycle lane.
g. At any place where official traffic control devices prohibit standing.
h. Upon any median strip.
i. At any place where official signs prohibit parking.
j. On any roadway.
(b) No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such a distance as is unlawful.
(c) A law enforcement officer or parking enforcement specialist who discovers a vehicle parked in violation of this section or any part of this division may:
(1) Issue a ticket or citation and attach it to the parked vehicle in a conspicuous location on said vehicle;
(2) Tow said vehicle if the violation causes a safety hazard to other vehicles or pedestrians, or is a liability to city interests such as roadway repairs, right-of-way maintenance, public utility repair or maintenance, or if the violation occurs in an area where official signs prohibit parking.
9.05.00. - Conserve established residential neighborhoods.
6. The following, unless otherwise stated, shall only be allowed to be parked and/or stored on an improved accessway/vehicle use area as defined herein or the side yard area closest to the improved accessway/vehicle use area on any residentially zoned property and shall not be allowed within the public right-of-way unless otherwise permitted (Refer to Article 8, Section 8.01.00.6):
a. Multiple motor vehicles as defined by Chapter 320 of Florida Statutes (all operable and under current registration), not including recreational vehicle-type units and trailers as referenced below, are permitted only on improved accessways/vehicle use areas or the side yard area closest to the improved accessway/vehicle use area.
b. One (1) recreational vehicle-type unit, as defined by Chapter 320.01(1)(b) of Florida Statutes (operable and under current registration), plus two (2) of the following for a total of three (3) are allowed:
1. Vessels (under current registration and properly tagged) with trailer (under current registration) or vessels with multiple personal watercraft (all under current registration and properly tagged) on single trailers (under current registration). All vessels shall be on a trailer when parked or stored; and
2. Trailers (operable and under current registration), which shall include but not be limited to any storage trailers, utility trailers, horse trailers, and vessel trailers.
c. Temporary Portable on Demand Storage (PODS) units, shipping containers or similar portable storage units and dumpsters shall not be stored for longer than 30 days unless an active building permit is on file with the city.
All other motor vehicles, recreation vehicle-type units, vessels, trailers, and temporary portable storage units, beyond what is allowed as stated above, shall either be stored in an enclosed building, off-site or located within the rear or side yard behind the front of the primary structure on the property and not visible, while standing at grade, from any adjoining property or the public right-of-way.
Sec. 19.5-56. - Penalty for violations and for nonpayment.
(a) The penalty for violation of this division shall be thirty dollars ($30.00), as established by the city council and may be modified by the city council, payable within thirty (30) days.
(b) After adjudication of guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, or a written plea of guilty to any violation in this article, it shall be a separate violation for any person to fail or refuse to pay the required fine. The penalty for a violation of this section shall be a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment of not more than five (5) days, or both, at the discretion of the court.
The library is located on the extreme West end of Destin at 150 Sibert Avenue. If you are driving from the East, take Highway 98 heading West, turn right on Calhoun Avenue at the foot of the Marler Bridge, and bear right onto Sibert Avenue. If you are driving from the West, take Highway 98 heading East, turn left at the foot of the Marler Bridge onto Calhoun Avenue, and bear right onto Sibert Avenue. We are located on the right.
Okaloosa County residents may obtain a library card free of charge. A picture ID and proof of permanent residency (i.e. property record search, utility bill) are required. Non-Okaloosa County residents who live in the Florida panhandle area may obtain a library card for an annual fee of $40 per family. A picture ID is required. Seasonal visitors may purchase a temporary six-month card for $30 per person or a one-year card for $60 per person.
Every Destin Library patron is automatically given an account in our online catalog system.
To access it, follow these steps:
1. Navigate to readokaloosa.org.
2. Click on “Sign In” located the upper right-hand corner of the website header.
3. Type your 14-digit barcode number (located on the back of your library card) into the first box.
4. Type your PIN into the second box. Your default pin (to be used for your first sign-on) will be the last four digits of the phone number on your account. You may change your pin after your first sign-on.
5. Click the "Sign In" button.
To place a hold, please log into your account. Locate the material you would like to request and select the blue “Place Hold” box. Be sure to select your “Pick-Up” library so your materials will be delivered to the library of your choice.
To renew your materials, simply log into your account and select “Checked Out Titles” from the list on the left. Click the blue “Renew” next to each item you would like to renew. Items that have been placed on hold by other patrons cannot be renewed.
To request materials from other libraries in the state of Florida, please contact Sandee Kelly at (850) 837-8572.
You must use the library’s designated Ancestry.com computer in the library and have a valid Okaloosa County library card to access Ancestry.com. You may call the library to reserve a two-hour block of time.
To schedule a one-on-one technology help session, please call Skylar Dennis at 850-837-8572.
The Friends of the Destin Library is a non-profit organization established to support the library. You may join the Friends for an annual fee of $20 or make a one-time donation. Donations are used to provide the library with equipment, books, DVDs and much more.
The Destin Library accepts monetary donations through the City of Destin and they may be made in person at the library. We accept book donations (except textbooks) if they have been published within 2 years and are in good condition. We will also accept DVDs/Blu-Rays and audiobooks if in excellent condition.
The Calhoun Room and Small Conference Room are available for community groups and cultural and educational programs. A valid Okaloosa County library card is required to reserve these rooms.
The two small study rooms, digital media lab, and computer instruction lab are available to the public. Please contact the library at 850-837-8572 for more information.
For people needing a private space to study or work, we also have several tables with chairs as well as study carrels.
The library has 14 public access computers, a computer instruction/testing lab with 9 computers, and we have free public wi-fi. The public computers are available to everyone.
There are limited volunteer opportunities at the library. Please contact Skylar Dennis at 850-837-8572 if you are interested.
To use the City of Destin's RecOnline system, there are a few steps that must be followed in order. More detail on each of these steps can be found in other topics throughout this FAQ.
Visit www.cityofdestin.com/reconline and follow along with one of the options below:
The first activity you must complete is the "Account Verification" activity found in the "Welcome!" tab of the Catalog. Follow along with the video below for instructions on applying. After your account has been verified, you may apply for other items in the catalog. The application process is the same for most activities.
1. Destin Code of Ordinances
2. Destin Land Development Code
3. Destin Comprehensive Plan
Link to Municode Library - Destin
Contact a planner at 850-654-1119 (option 2) and they will be glad to assist you. You can also email your setback question to firstname.lastname@example.org
The City has minimum zoning standards concerning accessory structures (size restrictions, height, location and setback requirements). For more information concerning these standards please contact the City’s Planning Division at 850-654-1119 or email at email@example.com
To obtain a Building Permit application or for submittal procedures please contact the Building Division at 850-654-1119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Code regulates the location, height and material of a fence. Any fence or portion of a fence that is leaning, sagging, or missing supports or pickets requires replacement or repair. Fence regulations are found in Article 9.06.05 of the Land Development Code. A fence permit is required for all new fencing and must be submitted to the Building Division.
Registration can be made on our portal at www.cityofdestin.com/compass.
Required documents are:
City of Destin Local Business Tax Receipt and Application. Please call 850-837-4242 or visit the Building Division for more information.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation Dwelling license. This process can be started by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com or call 850-487-1395, find the application under “Apply for /Update License> Hotels and Restaurants>Vacation Rental Dwelling”.
State of Florida Resale Tax Certificate. This process can be started visiting http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/taxesfees/Pages/sales_tax.aspx under the taxes tab, begin with “Register to Collect & Report Taxes” or call 850-488-6800.
Certificate of Affidavit: Contact Planning/Building Division for more information.
Change of Use Form: Contact Planning/Building Division for more information.
Short Term Rentals are generally allowed in the following zoning districts within the City of Destin: See “Zoning Map’on the city’s website for location of zoning district area.
Bay Resort Mixed Use (BRMU)
Crystal Beach Resort (CBR)
Calhoun Mixed Use (CMU)
Gulf Resort Mixed Use (GRMU)
Holiday Isle Mixed Use (HIMU)
North Harbor Mixed Use (NHMU)
Residential, Office Institutional Tourist Development (ROI-TD)
South Harbor Mixed Use (SHMU)
Crystal Beach Neighborhood (CBN)
Low Density Residential-Holiday Isle (LDR-HI)
Medium Density Residential-Holiday Isle (MDR-HI)
High Density Residential-Holiday Isle (HDR-HI)
TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGEFind your Total Sq Ft. at the Okaloosa PA Website
CC – STR REGISTRATION FEE
Less Than or Equal to: 2499 sq. ft.
2500 – 4999 sq. ft.
Greater Than or equal to: 5000 sq. ft.
Yes, properties have to be registered each year.
Maximum occupancy limits apply from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. The maximum allowable occupancy in a STR is 2 adults per bedroom plus an additional 4 persons per property. (For example, a three bedroom house is allowed 10 people for overnight occupancy). Overall maximum overnight occupancy is capped at 24 persons per house, regardless of the number of bedrooms.
Registration commences on January 1st of each year. Late fees assessed after March 31st of $100 and then again after June 1st, the late fee will be $500.00.
Properties registered after March 31st will have a $100 late fee assessed. Properties registered after June 1st will have a $500 late fee assessed.
Yes, Registrations are non-transferable from one company to another or when property changes owners.
The City Code requires the sign to be 18 x 18 in size. No additional rider sign is allowed.
Name and telephone number of Management Company Name and telephone number of Emergency Contact (if different from Management Company) Occupancy limit Number of available parking spaces.
Decals can be picked up at the City of Destin Annex located adjacent to the dog park at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday –Friday.
Decal is to be placed on the top right hand corner of the sign.
The decals being used for the remainder of this year are not numbered, however, beginning next year, all decals will be numbered. All decals are currently dated and color-coded. Please note: City records maintain which properties have been properly registered (and have received a decal). Such records may be reviewed if theft is suspected.
Signage is to be posted on the property within 7 days following the completion of the registration.
The sign must be prominently placed on the property of the single-family dwelling unit so that the required content of the sign shall be legible as viewed from the public right-of-way; however signage shall not be placed in the public right of way. Signs are not allowed to be posted in windows, on trees, fences other objects that has a message appearing on it that does not apply to the present use of the premises or structure upon which the sign is located and is not otherwise permitted by the City Code.
All regulations regarding the posting of a sign on the property preempt any homeowner’s association restrictions on the posting of signage to the extent that any such restrictions or regulations conflict with the City Code.
Existing City Code requires a local responsible party to be located close enough to the property to be present at the property within one hour if needed (i.e., in emergency circumstances). Some short-term rental properties utilize a rental contact that is located greater than one hour from the premises. In such circumstances, the local responsible party’s emergency phone number would be different from the rental contact’s number
The Community Development Department will provide a form affidavit for the registrant to fill out and attest to the parking available onsite, and will also provide a guide to the registrant with respect to how to calculate the onsite parking. This guide can be downloaded here: Parking Space Calculations Guide
Please note that if a complaint is received by the City regarding alleged parking violations, the Community Development Department and Code Compliance Department will work together to determine if the information provided on the affidavit is correct and meets applicable City Codes, and whether a violation of any City Code exists.
Yes, if grandfathered, that status remains in effect for five years regardless of ownership, provided the use is not abandoned by the new owner.
The purpose of the 120-day grace period for marketing is to abate punitive action by the Code Compliance Department for those advertisements that may already be scheduled to run as of the Ordinance’s effective date (Jan. 22, 2019) and in the immediate 4 months thereafter (May 22, 2019). It is not the intent of the ordinance to encourage owners and agents to run new ads in violation of the ordinance during that time, but rather, is protection for owners and agents who may not be able to stop ads that have already been scheduled.
However, this shouldn’t affect the pre-existing agreements which are only those contracts entered into prior to the ordinance taking effect. Now that the ordinance has taken effect, the property owners/agents are no longer permitted to violate the Ordinance, except that if an agreement was entered into before January 22, 2019, and the booking will take place before January 22, 2020, those bookings are still authorized under the Ordinance. Contracts are only “pre-existing” and exempt from the Ordinance if they were entered into prior to Jan. 22, 2019.