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Presently, Bay County does not have an occupational license. However, zoning regulates where businesses are allowed. You need to contact Planning and Zoning at 850-248-8250 for questions concerning zoning, or see the zoning guidelines by viewing the Bay County Land Development Regulations (PDF).
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No. We only enforce codes in the unincorporated areas. Each municipality has their own Code Enforcement Department:
The Code Enforcement Division investigates unfit, unsafe and blighted structures, per Chapter 17 of the Bay County Code.
The Builders Services Division is responsible for contractor licensing, plans review, issuing building permits and investigating work without permits, and performing inspections for compliance with the Florida Building Code.
Permits are only required to remove protected trees in the Urban or Suburban Service Area, and any Historic, Specimen, Champion, or Heritage trees. Permits are issued through Planning and Zoning. You can see the tree ordinance in the Bay County Land Development Regulations, Chapter 19, Section 1911. For more information, contact Planning and Zoning at 850-248-8250 or click here to fill out an application.
No. The Builders Services Division regulates contractors and contractor concerns.
No, but there are restrictions concerning fencing. You can see the fences and hedges ordinance in the Bay County Land Development Regulations, Chapter 13, Section 1305 (PDF).
No. Signs are not allowed on the right-of-way. View other sign restrictions in the Bay County Land Development Regulations, Chapter 30 (PDF).
Septic tanks and sanitary nuisances are regulated by the Bay County Department of Health. You can contact them at 850-481-4812 or by visiting their website.