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Common Useful Telephone Numbers:

Bay County Builders Services:   850-248-8350
Bay County Health Department:  850-872-4455
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):  850-245-2118  Fax:  850-245-2128
Department of Transportation (DOT):  850-414-4747
Department of Business & Professional Regulations (DBPR):  850-487-1395
Please feel free to contact our office with any further questions:  850-233-5054, ext. 2310 or 2304  

  • Florida Building Codes

    • How can I view Florida Building Codes?

      Please click here for the link to Florida Building Codes 2014, Fifth Edition online. 
    • How do I view the 2011 Electrical Code (NEC)?

      Please click here to view the 2011 National Electric Code online.
  • Inspections

    • When do I call in to request an inspection on my project?

      Inspections should be called in one day before for next day inspections; messages can be left on building department voicemail up until 7:30 am day of inspections.  Please have permit number, address of project and contact name and numbers available at time of scheduling of inspections. 
  • Notice of Commencement

    • When is it necessary to file for a Notice of Commencement (NOC)?

      When a project valuation exceeds an amount of $2500.00 one must file for a NOC.  Please click here for information on the requirements for filing a NOC. 
  • Permits

    • Can an property owner/builder act as a contractor and pull their own permits?

      Yes, per Florida Statutes 489.1037(7)(d); Owners of property when acting as their own contractor and providing direct, onsite supervision themselves of all work not performed by licensed contractors.  When building or improving farm outbuildings or one-family or two-family residences on such property for the occupancy or use of such owners and not offered for sale or lease, or building or improving commercial buildings, at a cost not to exceed $75,000, on such property for the occupancy or use of such owners and not offered for sale or lease.  In an action brought under this part, proof of the sale or lease, or offering for sale or lease, of any such structure by the owner-builder within 1 year after completion of same creates a presumption that the construction was undertaken for purposes of sale or lease.   
    • How long are permits valid?

      Permits are valid for 180 days (6 months) from each approved inspection.
  • Sign Permit

    • Do I need a sign permit, and if so what are the requirements?

      Please click here for the General Sign Standards and Permitting for a sign.  If you should need additional information please contact or office or refer to the Land Development Code, Section 5.07.00. 
  • Swimming Pools

    • What are the guidelines for swimming pools?

      Please click here for information.
  • Wind Speed and Wind Zones

    • Where can I find information on the wind speed and wind zone requirements?

      Please click here for information.