Planning & Zoning
The Growth Management Department has transitioned to a new online software system (My Government Online) for the processing of Permits/Inspections, Planning/CRA applications, BTRs, and Code Enforcement cases.
All applications will now be applied online at My Government Online (MGO). Please click here to access the MGO Customer Portal.
If you have any questions you can reach the help desk at 866-957-3764. Thank you!
Did you know that an annual permit is required to operate your golf cart on City streets? For more information, please contact the Planning Division at 850-833-9605 or Email Planning.
The Planning Division is responsible for sustainable growth and development in Fort Walton Beach, ensuring implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, and compliance with the Land Development Code. The Planning Division encompasses the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Brownfields Program, Development Review, and Business Tax Receipts (BTR). The Division also administers FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) Program which provides premium discounts on flood insurance.
Visit the subpages of this section to learn more about any of these programs.
Please contact a Planner at 850-833-9598/9697 for more information or Make an Appointment today.
Pre-Application & General Meetings
Zoning Determination Letters
Written zoning/use determinations are usually prepared within 1-2 business days.
Special Events/Temporary Businesses
A temporary use permit is needed for the following type of activities:
- Outdoor farmer's market/food sales
- Car washes
- Door-to-door soliciting
A temporary event shall not exceed 15 days in any one month (this includes roadside and mobile vending). A special event shall not exceed 7 consecutive days.
A temporary use permit is $36 and applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the proposed use/event.
Downtown Design Overlay District (DDOD)
The Downtown Design Overlay District (DDOD) is established to preserve and promote the downtown area of Fort Walton Beach. The intent of the DDOD is to provide flexibility in location and design requirements to support and encourage economic development in the downtown area.
The DDOD is intended as a location where specific site design features will be provided to ensure flexibility in the location of activities, accessory structures, and other site design requirements, consistent with a downtown location.
The DDOD is intended to encourage the provision of design features necessary to support economic development and to maintain appropriate development characteristics within the DDOD.
- Downtown Master Plan (PDF)
- Engineering Standards Manual (PDF)
- FEMA Community Rating System CRS Program (PDF)
- Future Land Use Map 2019 to 2029 (PDF)
- Future Land Use Map 2019-2029 (PDF)
- Joint Land Use Study (PDF)
- Map of Area 1 (PDF)
- Map of Area 2 (PDF)
- Map of Site 1 (PDF)
- Official Zoning Map (PDF)
- Protect Your Family (PDF)
- Request for BTR Fee Exemption Form (PDF)
- Ways to Pay (PDF)
- Can I add an accessory structure (shed, detached garage, workshop, etc.) to my property?
The City has minimum development standards for accessory structures which can be found in Section 5.01.02 and Section 5.01.07 of the Land Development Code. For more information, please contact the Planning Division at 850-833-9697. Please visit the Building Department's webpage for more information on how to obtain a Building Permit for an accessory structure.
- Can I operate a business out of my home?
Yes, this is called a home occupation and is permissible in the City. There are some restrictions on home occupations and only certain types of businesses can operate out of a home. The home occupation regulations can be found in Land Development Code Section 5.01.01.
A Business Tax Receipt is required for all home occupations, the application can be found on the Business Tax Receipts Page.
- Do I need a permit to drive my golf cart on City streets?
Yes! An annual golf cart permit is required to operate your golf cart on streets throughout the City. Please Email Planning Division for more information.
- How do I obtain approval to build a commercial or multi-family development?
A development order will be required prior to the issuance of any building permits. The Planning Division issues development orders in compliance with the City's Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code regulations. More information can be found here on the Development Review Process Page.
- What are building setbacks?
Setbacks are measured as the shortest distance from the exterior building wall to the property line. The rear yard setback for any waterfront lot is measured to the mean high water line. Eave overhangs shall not be included as a main part of any building, provided, however, that no eave overhang shall exceed three feet and shall not be less than eight feet from ground level. The City's development standards can be found in Land Development Code Chapter 4.
- Where can I find Fort Walton Beach's Land Development Code?
You can find the Land Development Code (LDC) through the City's website on the Land Development Code Page.
- Where can I find permissible uses of a certain zoning?
You can find permissible uses for all zoning districts in Chapter 2 of the Land Development Code.