Welcome to Santa Rosa County’s Driveway Inspections and Permitting Department operated by Santa Rosa County Public Works. Please read the following information to assist you in completing your Driveway Application. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at PublicWorksAdminTeam@santarosa.fl.gov. Once you have read all of the following, please submit your Driveway Application which will submit you for your first inspection. For all subsequent inspections, request a subsequent Driveway Inspection.
You only need a county-issued permit and inspection/s if your driveway will attach to a county-maintained road. Please confirm road connection and surface via our Street Maintainer App found here: Street Maintainer App. If your road is maintained by the state or a city, please contact the corresponding office for permitting requirements.
To process your Driveway Application, the property must have an address. If you do not have an address, please contact our Addressing Department.
Access Management Reviews
Some county roadways require an Access Management Review from Santa Rosa County Planning and Zoning Department. If your parcel requires an Access Management Review, we will notify you prior to processing your Driveway Application.
Inspection Types and Timeframes
Based on the type of work being done on the county right of way, you may need to submit requests for up to three separate inspections. The submission of your Driveway Application will be your request for your first inspection. For subsequent inspections, please complete our Driveway Inspection form.
Typically, your inspection request will appear on the inspector's list the day following the request if submitted prior to 1:30pm. Line and Grade Inspections are completed in seven business days. Pre-pour and Final Inspections are completed two business days. The results of each inspection will be e-mailed to the e-mail address provided on the Driveway Permit Application. Should there be any delay in inspection results, we ask for your continued patience. Typical delays are caused by circumstances outside the control of our offices like inclement weather and/or high demand for inspections.
Driveway Types and Required Inspections
Your Driveway Application will ask what type of driveway you are planning. Upon inspection, should your Inspector deem another type is required, we will notify you.
Flat - requires a line and grade in some cases as well as a pre-pour and a final inspection.
During the pre-pour, the inspector will check the form boards. For the Final Inspection, two rows of sod are required around any concrete and any damage to the county right of way will need to be repaired. For all properties other than empty lots, a mailbox must be installed to Post Master and county specifications (see “Mailbox Specs” Document).
Swale - requires a line and grade, pre-pour and final inspection.
During the line and grade, the inspector will set elevation for the swale.
Culvert – requires a line and grade, pre-pour and final inspection.
During the line and grade, the inspector will set elevation for the pipe and provide the pipe size and type (mitered ends are required). There are some areas where the permit will require piping across the entire lot up to 150 feet.
Curb and Gutter - requires a pre-pour and final inspection.
During the pre-pour, the inspector will check the form boards and cut-outs. All debris must be removed from inside the forms. For the Final Inspection, two rows of sod are required around any concrete and any damage to the county right of way will need to be repaired. For all properties other than empty lots, a mailbox must be installed to Post Master and county specifications (see “Mailbox Specs” Document).
The property owner must contact the local post office to determine if a mailbox will be allowed at the property.
Santa Rosa County Ordinance Number 2006-03 establishes policies and procedures for the permitting of the construction of mailbox and driveway connections onto county roads and rights of ways. Please read this document, Ordinance Number 2006-03, before placing a mailbox, driveway, or any other structure on the county right of way.
These diagrams show the general placement. Please read Ordinance Number 2006-03 for specific guidelines.