When is a permit required?
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of the 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 uninhabitable structures: accessory buildings, driveways, walkways, fences, retaining walls, bulkheads, seawalls, marine docks / piers, boardwalks, beach dune walkovers, clearing and grading, etc.

In many cases, a permit is needed for repair or replacement of existing fixtures, such as replacing windows / doors / siding. A plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit maybe needed for any addition or changes to a building's existing system; for example, replacing air conditioner, water heater change out, moving or adding electrical receptacles and switches. To determine if your project needs a permit, call (850) 654-1119.

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1. Are drawings required and do they need to be drawn by an architect or engineer?
2. Can I, as an owner, act as my own contractor?
3. How long is a building permit valid?
4. I have an Okaloosa County Business Tax Receipt; do I also need one for the City of Destin?
5. Is a permit required for a fence?
6. What building code are you currently under?
7. What is required to be shown on a site plan?
8. When are foundation and as-built surveys required?
9. When is a Notice of Commencement required and where does it get filed?
10. When is a permit required?
11. How do I permit waterfront modifications (docks/seawalls/etc)?
12. Why is a permit required for concrete and/or pavers?
13. Do I need a permit to change my floor coverings in my multi-family dwelling (i.e. condo, apartment, etc.)?