If you would like to contact this department, please use the information below to reach out directly.
Welcome to the Building Department
The Building Department oversees construction permits, various contractor licenses, and inspections. Whether replacing shingles or rebuilding a home, permits and inspections are required of the Building Department. The City has adopted and works under the 2018 International Building Codes. Any work over $100 that is not flooring or painting is required to be permitted through the City.
This department enforces the City's adopted Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, requiring an 18" freeboard above the current Base Flood Elevation, which was updated by FEMA in March 2009. Any structure within a Special Flood Hazard Area is required to follow special guidelines adopted by the City, which this department will help you navigate.
Code Enforcement deals with overgrown properties and the cleaning of private property, derelict vehicles, illegal signs, and other nuisances.
The Building Department oversees tree removal and maintenance of protected trees within the City. These trees include: Live Oaks, Magnolias, Cedar, Cypress, and Sycamore. For an application click here or more information on trimming or removing protected trees, click here.
Storm Water or Building Department Complaints: For any stormwater or city building complaints, please contact Mr. Terry Franklin at (228) 875-6712. When leaving a message, please include the location, type of complaint, and any additional contact information needed to assist with resolving the issue in a timely manner.
For permit applications, please email Amanda or Darla OR stop by our office M-F 7:30am - 4:30pm 🙂
For any questions about lot splits, variances, set backs, zoning or historic property adjustments, contact the Planning Department @ 875-4415.
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON?
* 1 inch of flooding can result in >$25k in damage to your home.
* In the event of a hurricane, there are many things that we do to prepare our homes. Help protect your wallet, too, with a flood insurance policy.
* Visit floodsmart.gov to help protect you in the event of a disaster.
All 2018 ICC Codes https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes