Permitting in Okaloosa County
- 850-833-9247 / 850-689-7859
221 Hospital Dr. NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
810 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, FL 32539
Group care facilities that are regulated by the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County must apply for a Group Care Permit. The following items are required to permit a Group Care Establishment in Okaloosa County:Group Care Plan Review Letter (PDF 235 KB)
Application for Residential or Group Care Facility (PDF 108 KB)
Group Care Plan Review Guide (PDF 19 KB
Signature Card (188KB)
The Florida Department of Health is not the primary licensing agent for group care facilities. For information on opening a residential facility or school please contact the following agencies for their requirements:
The Agency for Health Care Administration regulates many group care facilities that serve the elderly, the disabled and mental health facilities. Information on the permitting or inspections of these facilities can be found at online or by calling 888-419-3456.
The Florida Department of Children & Families regulates numerous residential facility types serving children and individuals receiving treatment for addiction. Information regarding permitting or inspections of these facilities can be found online or by calling 1-866-762-2237.
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities regulates food service in group homes that serve persons with disabilities. Information on the permitting or inspections of these facilities can be found online or by calling 1-866-273-2273.
The Department of Education (DOE) has the responsibility and authority to write rules for public and private schools in Florida and the Department of Health has inspection authority to apply DOE standards. Information on DOE requirements in schools can be found online. Information on opening a private school can be found at on the Florida School Choice web site.
Additional information on Group Care Facilities can be found atFlorida Department of Health website.