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You can easily determine what your Zoning District your property is located is by visiting our Interactive Map. It’s easy once you get the hang of it!
Visit our stormwater page at https://www.co.walton.fl.us/1240/Stormwater-for-Single-Family-Lots and click the first tab on the left titled “Do I Need A Stormwater Management Plan”.
Walton County’s Coastal Dune Lakes are not only rare and unique, they are a very important component of our community and as such are protected by strong regulation. If you own a home near a Dune Lake or are thinking of building near a Dune Lake, please read Section 4.02.03 of the Land Development Code and most importantly CALL US before doing any land alteration, including removing any trees or vegetation near a Coastal Dune Lake.
Seawalls, rip rap and other shoreline hardening is also prohibited. There are penalties, including greater permitting fees and fines for removing Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone vegetation. You can find a map of the Coastal Dune Lake Protection zoning including tributaries on our Planning Interactive Map.
If the lot or parcel is located south of the Choctawhatchee Bay, you will need a building permit or development order in place prior to any land clearing or alteration. Some exceptions to this exist for situations where a tree is dead, diseased or dying, or has potential to cause structural damage. Please give us a call if you have questions. Some minor clean up or maintenance is also allowed. REMEMBER ITS BETTER TO CHECK BEFOREHAND. There are many protected areas in South Walton including but not limited to: native vegetative communities; coastal dune lake protection zones; a 25-foot buffer from any wetland area; and the 50-foot area from the mean high water line of the Choctawhatchee Bay and any of its basins, bayous or tributaries. Some lots or developments also have areas that are to remain vegetated, natural or landscaped. It is imperative that these areas remain protected and clearing within these areas is expressly prohibited and can result in fines and costly restoration.
If the lot or parcel is located north of the Choctawhatchee Bay a building permit or development order is not required however a land clearing permit is required. Visit our online Customer Portal to apply. This is a fairly simple application with a $25 application fee that will protect you and ensure that the area being cleared is not protected or within some sort of designated buffer area.
All structures erected on property within the unincorporated areas (Outside of the City of Freeport, DeFuniak Springs, and Paxton) of Walton County are required to meet the setback requirements of Section 5.00.03 of the Land Development Code. It is important that you visit this section of the Code when you are thinking about your property’s layout.