Building Permits

BUILDING PERMITS
Do I need a permit to .......?
The answer is probably yes! The City of Mary Esther issues building permits otherwise known as a development order for just about every type of construction. 
 
ATTENTION CONTRACTORS
All contractors who perform work or provide a service within the City of Mary Esther are required by City Ordinance to obtain a contractor tracking certificate prior to starting any work, providing a service, or applying for a Okaloosa County building or sub permit. This includes but is not limited to re-roofs, general construction, storage buildings and sheds, renovations, new construction, fences, swimming pools, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, pest control, lawn maintenance, painting, general labor and the like.
 
APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE OF A BUILDING PERMIT (DEVELOPMENT ORDER)
Permits shall be issued by the City for all construction, additions alterations, repairs, remodelling; for structures other than buildings including, but not limited to, fencing, swimming pools, signs, parking areas, roofing or re-roofing; television, radio tower and satellite dish installation; docks, boathouses, bulkheads and seawalls; for moving or demolition of buildings or structures.
The applicant for a permit for any construction, installation, moving or demolition permit required by Article 18.00.00 of the Land Development Code shall, at the time of issuance of a permit, pay for each and every permit, which shall be based on the total dollar valuation of the construction or installation with moving of buildings or structures and demolition being at a flat rate. Additional inspection and plan review fees may be charged as required.
All additions, storage sheds, pools, new construction, and accessory structures require a signed and sealed boundary survey and may be subject to a foundation survey.
NOTE: Always call the City of Mary Esther (850) 243-3566 Ext.16 prior to starting any project to insure permitting requirements. Additional permitting and inspections may be required by Okaloosa County Growth Management Department. 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32547 (850) 651-7180
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Once you have determined that you require a permit from the City of Mary Esther, bring the following items to the Planning and Zoning (building) Department:

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

Building Permit Fees

Impact Fees

Building Permit Application

New Residential Dwelling Permit Guide

Residential Storage Building Permit Guide

Residential Addition Permit Guide

Landscape Checklist

Minor Development Checklist

Major Development Checklist

Zoning Map

Three (3) sets of plans are required to be submitted to the City for projects that require a City and Okaloosa County permit and plan review. All three (3) sets must be signed and sealed by a Florida registered engineer, architect, or land surveyor depending on the project scope of work.

The plan submittal items below are listed as a reference only. Projects may require additional planning OR less planning as the City deems necessary to conduct a plan review. Please call the building department to ensure an accurate plan submittal.  

• New Residential Dwelling or Addition: permit application, signed/sealed engineered building plans, certified site plan and boundary survey, certified foundation survey after foundation has been poured, drainage plan, best management practices (BMP) site erosion control and stormwater plan.

• New Commercial Building or Addition: permit application, signed/sealed engineered building plans, certified site plan and boundary survey, certified foundation survey after foundation has been poured, drainage plan, best management practices (BMP) site erosion control and stormwater plan, life safety plan, fire suppression plan (if applicable).

• Storage Building, Shed or Accessory Structure Under 200 Square Feet: permit application, site plan/boundary sketch

• Storage Building, Shed or Accessory Structure 200 + Square Feet: permit application, signed/sealed engineered building plans, certified site plan and boundary survey, certified foundation survey after foundation has been poured, drainage plan, best management practices (BMP) site erosion control and stormwater plan.

• Residential Sign: site plan sketch, permit application

• Commercial Sign: permit application, signed/sealed engineered building plans, certified site plan and boundary survey

• Swimming Pool:  permit application, signed/sealed engineered building plans, certified site plan and boundary survey, certified foundation survey after foundation has been poured, drainage plan, best management practices (BMP) site erosion control and stormwater plan.

• Stormwater Management: permit application, signed/sealed engineered building plans, certified site plan and boundary survey, drainage plan, best management practices (BMP) site erosion control and stormwater plan.

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