Educational Facilities Impact Fees

At the January 9, 2020 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Santa Rosa County, Florida the board adopted Ordinance 2020-01, which establishes and levies educational facilities impact fees to fund capital improvements and additions to the Santa Rosa County public schools needed to serve new growth.  These new impact fees are imposed on all residential construction that applies for a building permit after the close of business on Friday, May 1, 2020, occurring within the unincorporated area of the County and within the municipal limits of Gulf Breeze, Jay and Milton. The impact fees will be due and collected at the issuance of a building permit at the following rates:  

Land Use Type         Impact Fee Per Unit
Single Family                    $5,000
Mobile homes                   $4,000
Multi-family                       $2,750

Ordinance 2020-01 may be viewed here.  Paper copies are available at the office of the School Board Superintendent, 6032 Highway 90, Milton, Florida 32570.  Any questions may be direct to Joey Harrell, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services at (850) 983-5123.

Those wishing to submit plans for permitting must submit at a minimum the following for review:

• Two sets of engineered plans (2017 FBC, 6th edition)
• Site plan to demonstrate setbacks and drainage – 2 Copies
• City approval (if applicable)
• Energy Sheets (signed) – 2 Copies
• Truss layout with reaction summary sheets – 2 Copies
• Manufacturer and Florida Product approval codes for components and cladding (exterior doors/windows, roof covering material, vinyl siding, etc.).

Application submittals not meeting the minimum plan review criteria as stated above will be deemed incomplete and will not be accepted. 

Remaining items required prior to permitting include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Water impact fee receipt
• Sewer impact fee receipt or septic tank permit
• Fire impact fee receipt (if applicable)

Please be aware that an application for a permit shall be deemed to have been abandoned, becoming null and void 180 days after the date of filing, unless a permit has been issued.  Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance.  If an application or permit becomes invalid, a re-submittal will be required and be subject to the impact fee.