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The City of Destin is currently under the 2017 Florida Building Code and the 2014 National Electrical Code.
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.
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 Waste Management, Inc., for all solid waste services within the city limits, including recycling. Single-family, residential recycling is available curbside. If you live on a condominium or multi-family building that does not provide recycling options, recycling can be dropped off at the city's Public Services Maintenance Yard located at 3949 Commons Dr. A recycling dumpster is located just inside the gate to the left of the building and is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. 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
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.
To keep our beautiful beaches pristine we ask that anything you bring to the beach with you should also leave the beach with you. Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints and Leave No Trace...
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.
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 .
To access it, follow these steps:1. Navigate to readokaloosa.org.2. Click on the "Log In" link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.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 "CHANGEME". You may change your pin after your first sign-on.5. Click the "Log In" button. Online Access
Group classes are also periodically scheduled; for more information about group classes, visit our Technology Education page. Visit our 'Technology Education' page.
The Destin Library accepts monetary donations through the City of Destin and they may be made in person at the library. We also accept books and other materials (except textbooks) that are in good condition if they have been stored in a climate-controlled location.
For people needing a private space to study or work, we also have study carrels in the main library
1. Destin Code of Ordinances
2. Destin Land Development Code
3. Destin Comprehensive Plan
Link to Municode Library - Destin
Update link coming soon.
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.
To obtain a Building Permit application or for submittal procedures please contact the Building Division at 850-654-1119.
Registration can be made on our portal at www.cityofdestin.com/cserve or by printing out an application on our website at www.cityofdestin.com (search Short Term Rental Application)
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.
Grandfather Application: 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 General Development (ROI-GD)
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)
Registration fee is $200 per property.
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.
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.
It is recommended that grandfathering applicants market for occupancies in compliance with the Ordinance. It is further recommended that applicants wait for final approval on their grandfathering application prior to marketing for any anticipated grandfathered occupancies. In any case, the Code Compliance Department will abate code compliance action while a bona fide grandfather application is pending.
The ordinance is not written that way. Agreements made after January 22, 2019 are not pre-existing agreements and therefore, would not be exempt from the ordinance unless a grandfathering application is approved. Therefore, potential applicants should get their grandfathering applications is as soon as possible.
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.