About the Building Department
It is our goal to give the public the necessary information to help in the development and permitting of new construction within the county. The permitting and inspection procedure established for Washington County is required by Florida Statute and ensures contractors follow the State of Florida Building Codes. Proper permitting and inspections reduce the threat of fire and help reduce the damage caused by flooding, winds, tornadoes, and hurricanes, thus paving the way for a safer working and living environment. The Washington County Building Department is responsible for issuing Building Permits, Reviewing Plans, and Performing Electrical & Building Inspections and maintaining Contractors Licensing.
How to Permits & Registration Inquiries
Prior to requesting a building permit, you must have an approved Land Use Application through the Planning Department, a valid address through the E-911 Addressing Department, and if required, a driveway permit.
All contractor’s registration inquires, and documentation should be sent as follows:
Permits may be emailed to email@example.com given you are currently registered with the Washington County Building Department. Emailed and faxed permits processing time may take up to 3 business days. All other permits should be brought into the office for processing.
EMAIL: Building Permits
Building Inspection Requests
Due to a high demand in requests for inspections, please contact Building Department staff at least 48-72 hours prior to inspection date.
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners have reimplemented the Impact Fees for Residential Development only effective May 15, 2023. Impact Fees still apply to all new Commercial Development.
The rates for New Construction and Mobile Homes are as follows:
- Emergency Medical System Impact Fee: $74.98
- Fire Protection Impact Fee: $106.59
- Road Impact Fee (Detached Single Family): $972.00
If it is within seven (7) years, it is considered to be a replacement. There is currently no fee for replacement. If you have any questions or would like additional information about Impact Fees, please contact the Washington County Building Department at 850-638-6195.
Plan Submittal and Review Fees
Beginning September 1, 2022, the Washington County Building Department will begin charging non-refundable plan submittal and plan review fee. Download/View fee information
Flood Zone Construction
When installing or constructing your home in a Flood Zone, please be aware that you may be required to complete an Elevation Certificate which must be completed by a licensed surveyor or engineer of your choosing. For your convenience, please visit also review the FEMA Homeowners Guide to Elevation Certificates.
To view FEMA's Official National Flood Hazard Map, click here.
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