Residential plan review assists customers who are constructing, remodeling, or altering a residential structure. Staff from the building inspections, planning and zoning, and floodplain management departments work together to educate customers and enforce the requirements of the Florida Building Code or FBC, Santa Rosa County Land Development Code and other local ordinances. Many different types of projects may require plan review approval and permitting prior to work commencing, including:
Forms and applications required for permitting and site review are located on the "Forms" tab above. Please contact a plans examiner or permit technician with any questions about your proposed project.
Step 1 - Getting Started
Introduce yourself to the development review process and requirements. Please visit the links below for state and local regulations which we enforce. You may also call (850) 981-7000 to speak with our residential plans examiner. For property owners that wish to construct or remodel without a contractor we have an owner/builder liaison to provide assistance throughout the project.
Goal: Make sure your proposed project is feasible and familiarize yourself with the development review process.
Step 2 - Other Necessary Approvals
County permits may not be all that is necessary for your particular situation. Each situation is different and may require other federal, state and county approvals to proceed.
Health Department - If your lot does not have access to a sewer connection, you will need to obtain a permit for the installation of septic system.
Water/Sewer Connection - If potable water or sewer is available you must pay a tap fee and connect to the providing water and/or sewer system.
Driveway Permits - If your lot is located on a state road you must receive a state driveway permit. If you are located north of I-10, contact the Florida Department of Transportation, or FDOT, at (850) 981-3000. If you are located South of I-10, contact the FDOT contractor Transfield Services, Inc. at (850) 678-2993. Lots not located on a state roadway must receive a County driveway permit. This permit is issued at the time of permitting. If you wish to install the driveway prior to obtaining your building permit please contact the Santa Rosa County Public Works Department at (850) 626-0191.
Energy Forms - Energy calculations will need to be completed on your plans. You may contact the power company that services your lot for these calculations.
Termite Treatment - You will need a letter from the company who will be performing the termite treatment specifying the type, method and chemical to be used.
Fire Impact Fee - If you are located within Midway, Holley Navarre or Avalon Fire districts you are required to pay a fire impact fee to the district.
Special Zoning Areas - If you are located within the City of Milton or Town of Jay, you will need to obtain zoning approval from these jurisdictions prior to permit issuance. If you are located within the Navarre Town Center and Bagdad Historical District, you may need specific approval before proceeding. You can apply for Navarre Town Center and Bagdad Historical District approval through our department review boards.
Goal: Ensure that all necessary permits and approvals are obtained for your project in a timely manner.
Step 3 - Plan Submission and Staff Review
Site Plan Submittal - Submit a completed application with two sets of plans. Your submission will need to include all outside approvals, a plot plan and a schedule of Florida product approval codes.
Staff Review - Residential plans are reviewed by the zoning division for compliance with the land development code, by the building inspection division for concurrence with Florida Building Code and by the flood division to determine if the parcel is located within a flood zone. Most staff reviews will be completed within seven business days.
Goal: Ensure that all required plans, information, and materials are submitted with the application.
Step 4 - Plan Approval and Permit Issuance
Plan Submittals - At the conclusion of staff review, your plans will either be approved or review comments will be issued calling for revisions or additional information. If revisions or additional information are required, a resubmittal will be necessary. There is no fee for plan resubmittals.
Revisions - You will need to submit the required information with a revision form. Revisions are reviewed within two to three business days.
Permit Issuance - Once the submission is approved with all applicable regulations, staff will issue the necessary building permits. Upon payment of permit fees, the contractor may pick up the approved plans/permit and building construction can commence.
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