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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 are 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.

Plan review fees are required to be paid prior to the review of any plans. The review fees due can be found in the City's fee schedule or within each permit guide listed below.

If your project or scope of work involves a commercial building or commercial business, you will need to contact the Mary Esther Fire Department in addition to the Mary Esther Planning and Zoning Department to obtain the required permits or approval. Even if a permit is issued by the City's Planning and Zoning Department, additional permitting or authorization is required by the MEFD.

NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL OKALOOSA COUNTY PERMIT REQUIREMENT
The City of Mary Esther has an interlocal agreement with Okaloosa County to perform certain plan reviews and inspections depending on the scope of work. Your project may require you to obtain a County permit in addition to a City permit. Please refer to the permit guides below for the various types of construction which require both a City and County permit.

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. 1250 N. Eglin Pkwy, Suite 301 Shalimar, FL 32579   Phone: (850) 651-7180   Fax: (850) 651-7058. If other agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFLWMD), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), etc. require a permit through their agency, the City will not issue its permit until presented with those agencies applicable permit or written authorization. 

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PERMIT APPLICATIONS, FORMS AND CHECKLISTS

Planning and Zoning Department

Building Permit Application

MEFD Process and Procedures for Construction Permit Requests

MEFD Fire Alarm Permit Guide

MEFD Fire Main Permit Guide

MEFD Fireworks Sales Permit Guide

MEFD Non-Sprinkler Fire Suppression System Permit Guide

MEFD Fire Sprinkler Permit Guide

MEFD Site Plan Guide

 

SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT

Are you looking to hold a charitable run, block party, parade or other special event in the City of Mary Esther? If so, you will need to submit a City of Mary Esther special event permit application. Permit applications may be downloaded HERE and submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department. A special event permit guide has been created to help the applicant complete the permit application and to become familiar with the City's policies and regulations for special events.

ATTENTION

THE CITY CLERK IS THE DESIGNATED CUSTODIAN OF PUBLIC RECORDS FOR THE CITY OF MARY ESTHER.  ALL PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS FOR ANY CITY RECORD(S) MUST BE MADE TO DANA WILLIAMS, CITY CLERK,  BY PHONE (850-243-3566 EXT 11), EMAIL ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) OR IN PERSON AT CITY HALL BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8 AM AND 5 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.  PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL PUBLIC RECORDS ARE MAINTAINED ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE.       

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