Growth Management

To help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the permitting lobby will be closed effective Monday, April 6.  However, we will remain in business, and anyone wishing to submit a permit application will be able to do so via a drop box placed outside the lobby door.   Please include a valid phone number as we will contact you with the cost of the permit upon processing.  You will be asked to pay with a credit card over the phone at that time. 

 

We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope to be able to resume regular operations as quickly as possible.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.  

 

EFFECTIVE TODAY 4/01/20 WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING PAYMENTS VIA CREDIT CARDS OVER THE PHONE

Call 850-651-7180 or 850-689-5080 and ask for one of our permit technicians

 

 

 

Instructions for Contractors and Owner/Builders for Submitting Photographs for Occupied Building Inspections

CLICK HERE

 

 

NOTICE:

Due to COVID-19, Residential Walk Through Days

on Tuesday in Shalimar and

Thursday in Crestview

have been Temporarily

Suspended.  Effective March 20, 2020

Walk Through permitting service will resume when

it is safe to do so.

PERMIT COUNTER OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Thursday        8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday                             8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

*All other offices within this department are 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday.*

Our Mission is to successfully and consistently implement the Okaloosa County Comprehensive Plan, Okaloosa County Land Development Code, the Building Codes, and other Board of County Commissioners goals. This includes:

  • Implementing the Board's policies and objectives through review of applications for development and building permits.
  • Ensuring orderly growth and development.
  • Providing inspections and oversight to the building industry and providing code enforcement.
  • Administering the Community Development Block Grant Program, and other State and Federal grant programs.

 

  • Web Permitting can be used for all types of permits or inspections (i.e., building and planning permits, fire inspections, code enforcement, health and safety inspections). As of now, users can search on existing permits, gather parcel information, as well as estimate fees of new permits.

 

The Department of Growth Management provides a broad range of development and regulatory services to both the citizens and the development community. With offices in Ft. Walton Beach and Crestview, we provide services in five primary areas of responsibility mandated by federal, state and local codes and ordinances. These are: the implementation of the adopted Okaloosa County Comprehensive Plan, the Land Development Code and the National Flood Insurance Program, the plan review, permitting and inspection of construction activities in the unincorporated county and the municipalities of Cinco Bayou, Shalimar, and Mary Esther. Additionally, we provide for the enforcement of local codes and ordinances relating to growth and land use development, and the administration of Community Development Block Grant and the Federal Transit Administration Grant programs.

The Department of Growth Management supports the County Administrator and Board of County Commissioners and several citizen and technical advisory boards, namely; the Planning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Code Enforcement Board, the County Contractor Licensing Boards (Construction, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals) and the Fire Code Advisory Board.

The Department of Growth Management is organized into two Divisions; the Planning Division and the Building Inspection Division. Additionally, an Administrative Staff oversees required daily administrative duties.

The Administrative Section consists of the Growth Management Department Director, Director Elliot Kampert , the Planning Manager, Randy Woodruff, and the Chief Building Official Purl Adams, with support staff located in both the north and south offices. Please address your comments or concerns to the appropriate administrator.

The Planning Division has the lead responsibility for the implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan, the Land Development Code, the National Flood Insurance Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program, the Federal Transit Administration Grant Program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The Planning Division provides direct staff support to the County Administrator, Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Technical Review Committee, various citizen advisory committees, and technical committees.

The Building Division is made up of four sections: Permitting and Licensing, Construction Plans Review, Inspection, and Code Enforcement. The staff of the Building Inspection Division provides direct staff support to the Code Enforcement Board, the Fire Code Advisory Board, and the County Contractor Licensing Boards (Construction, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals. The Inspection Section also provides the permitting and inspection services to the municipalities of Mary Esther, Cinco Bayou, and Shalimar.

Additional state permitting information may be obtained at the Florida One Stop Permitting Center.