Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Division enforces Bay County Codes and Land Development Regulations for the unincorporated areas of Bay County.

Hurricane Michael Information and FAQs:

Please visit RecoverBayCounty for the latest updates.

Q: Will I be allowed to live in a camper, RV or shed during the recovery?
A:  The County will be allowing temporary housing. Applicants will be issued a Temporary Housing Authorization (no charge), and may concurrently apply for a temporary power pole permit. The application must be completed by the property owner, and is good for 18 months. Occupants may be the property owner, family members or pre-existing tenants. Please contact the Code Enforcement office for applications and details.

Q: Will the County be removing debris?
A:  Debris pickup will be offered for County and private roadways, and the landfill is open for residential and commercial service providers. Residents in the unincorporated areas of Bay County that have storm-related debris are asked to move all debris to the right of way. Please visit this page to review how to separate your debris piles. Private road owners may complete this form to authorize the County to access your roadway and remove debris. Signed and completed forms can be returned to codeenforcement@baycountyfl.gov or dropped off at the Code Enforcement office. County staff are also distributing forms door-to-door. If you need help cleaning up your home, volunteers may be available. Impacted residents may call Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954 or visit www.crisiscleanup.org

Q: Can I burn my debris?
A:  No, not at this time. Due to the high level of debris and favorable burning conditions, the Bay County Commission enacted a burn ban at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 commission meeting. The ban prohibits open burning, to include but not limited to campfires, wildfires, bonfires, trash burning and other similar forms of incineration. State permitted burns, authorized fireworks displays and fireworks sales which are authorized by state law and outdoor cooking in barbecue grills, smokers, or other outdoor stoves located at private residences are exempt. The ban will remain in effect until the fire-borne threat has ended. 

Q: Can my landlord terminate my lease? If I am a landlord, may I evict a tenant?
A:  Landlords do not have the right to terminate the lease due to damage to the unit. Landlords do not have the right to kick the tenant out in order to make repairs. Landlords cannot put language in a lease to waive the tenants rights under FSS 83.63. Landlords must follow Florida Statute if they wish to evict a tenant or terminate a lease due to nonpayment of rent or violation of the lease or statute. Further assistance is available from Legal Services of North Florida and the Florida Bar. The County cannot provide home inspections or condemn a structure during the disaster recovery.

Q: How do I obtain building permits or become a licensed contractor?
A:  Please visit the Bay County Builders Services page for information, applications, and email contacts.

Q: If my dwelling was destroyed, what type of structures may I replace it with?
A:  Permits for new mobile homes and structures must be issued in compliance with County zoning. Contact the Planning Division to determine correct zoning on the parcel prior to applying for building permit. Temporary housing applications are available for RVs, campers and sheds. Please contact the Code Enforcement Division for details.

Q: May I solicit door-to-door for cleanup, contractor or repair services?
A:  You must register for a Peddler's Permit from Code Enforcement. There is a fee of $50 for processing the application to cover the cost of a background check. Completed applications must be delivered to the Code Enforcement office in person. Every applicant who is not a resident of Bay County or whose primary place of business is located outside the state must submit a bond running in favor of the County in the amount of $5,000.00. Please read the Peddler's Permit Application as well as Bay County Code Chapter 19 for more information. Note that this permit is valid for the unincorporated areas of Bay County, and that each municipality, such as Panama City, may have permit requirements as well. Failure to register may be punishable as a misdemeanor, in accordance with F.S. § 125.69(1), by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, and subject to fines and imprisonment.