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Certificate of Land Use Compliance
General Information

On July 12, 2011, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2011-62, amending the Walton County Land Development Code that established the requirement for a Certificate of Land Use Compliance for all businesses located in unincorporated areas of Walton County. 

Effective July 13, 2011, all businesses located in UNINCORPORATED areas of Walton County must apply for and receive a Certificate of Land Use Compliance from Walton County Planning and Development Services. 

All new businesses must apply for and receive a Certificate of Land Use Compliance prior to opening the business.

Existing businesses in operation on July 12, 2011, must apply for and receive a Certificate of Land Use Compliance within 180 days of the adoption of Ordinance 2011-62, or by January 9, 2012.

This Certificate of Land Use Compliance is not a "business license" but all businesses located in UNINCORPORATED Walton County are now required to obtain this Certificate.

Scroll down to our "Frequently Asked Questions" section or contact Vivian Shamel at (850)267-1955 or  with inquiries regarding this new requirement.


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to obtain a Certificate of Land Use Compliance for a business that was already in operation before July 12, 2011?

  • Yes, all existing businesses in operation on July 12, 2011, must apply for and receive a Certificate of Land Use Compliance within 180 days of the adoption of Ordinance 2011-62, or by January 9, 2012.

Am I required to obtain a Certificate of Land Use Compliance for a business that I run out of my house?

  • Home occupations are not required to obtain a Certificate of Land Use Compliance; however, home-based businesses are required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit.  Home Occupations are governed by Section 6.02.02 of the Walton County Land Development Code. 

How much will it cost?

  • The initial Certificate will be issued at no cost.  The fee for re-issuance of the Certificate shall be $30.  The following grounds will constitute grounds for a re-issuance: a change to the type, intensity, ownership, or location of the Business.

How do I obtain my Parcel Identification Number?

  • You may obtain your Parcel Identification Number from the Property Appraiser’s website. This website allows you to search property records by owner, address, or you may search by map.  

Where can I find my property’s legal description?

  • The legal description can be found on a survey of the property or in your deed.  If you are leasing the property, the legal description is often included in the lease agreement.

How do I determine the Future Land Use Designation for my property?