Impact Fee Information

EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES IMPACT FEES

For All Unincorporated and Incorporated Areas of Santa Rosa County, Florida

At the January 9, 2020 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Santa Rosa County, Florida, the Board adopted Ordinance No. 2020-01, which establishes and levies educational facilities impact fees to fund capital improvements and additions to the Santa Rosa County public schools needed to serve new growth. These new impact fees are imposed on all residential construction that applies for a building permit after the close of business day on May 1, 2020, occurring within the unincorporated area of the County and within the municipal limits of Gulf Breeze, Jay, and Milton. The impact fees will be due and collected at the issuance of a building permit at the following rates:

Education Facilities Impact Fee Schedule:

Land Use Type
Impact Fee Per Unit
Single Family$5,000
Mobile Home$4,000
Multi-Family$2,750


Official Ordinance:

Ordinance 2020-01 may be viewed here. Paper copies are available at the Office of the Superintendent, 6032 Highway 90 Milton, Florida 32570. Any questions may be directed to Joey Harrell, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services at (850) 983-5123.

Plans Submission for Permitting:

Those wishing to submit plans for permitting prior to May 1, 2020, must submit at a minimum the following:

  • Two sets of engineered plans (2017 FBC, 6th edition)
  • Site plan to demonstrate setbacks and drainage
  • City approval (if applicable)
  • Energy Sheets (signed)
  • Truss layout with reaction summary sheets
  • Manufacturer and Florida Product approval codes for components and cladding

 Remaining items required prior to permitting:

  • Water impact fee receipt
  • Sewer impact fee receipt/septic tank permit
  • Fire impact fee receipt (if applicable)

Infrastructure impact fees

In October 2019, the board of county commissioners directed staff to solicit proposals to conduct an impact fee analysis to support discussion and potential implementation of impact fees for transportation, law enforcement, and parks. Staff engaged Nabors-Giblin, and Nickerson to provide representation, legal counsel and assist the County through this process. At the November 14, 2019 meeting of the board of county commissioners, the board approved for Duncan Associates to conduct impact fee studies for parks, law enforcement, and transportation facilities.

The final draft was reviewed by Nabors, Giblin and Nickerson and provided to staff June 3. It is available for the public here.

Next steps:

  1. Duncan Associates presentation of the study to the board.
  2. Development of an ordinance and scheduling of a public hearing.
  3. If the ordinance is approved, a 90 day notification period is required before the collection of fees can begin per Florida Statutes 163.31801.3.d