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Welcome to Holmes County, Florida!

Holmes County was created in 1848. The county’s namesake is a point of debate. Holmes Creek – the county’s eastern boundary – bore that name before the county was created, but it was originally named Weekaywehatchee (a Creek Indian name meaning “spring creek”). One claim is that the county was named for Thomas J. Holmes, who came from North Carolina to settle in the area about 1830. Another is that it is named after Holmes, an American Indian chief who settled in the area with his band of Red Stick Creek Indians after 1814. He was subsequently killed in 1818 by a raiding party sent by Andrew Jackson during the First Seminole War.[4]

Holmes County has had four county seats in its history. The first was Hewett’s Bluff (later renamed Bear Pen, then Cerro Gordo), then Pittman’s Ferry, then Westville, and finally Bonifay. Bonifay has been the county seat since 1905. Welcome to the website of Holmes County Board of County Commissioners. Our goal is to provide more and better information to keep you, the citizens of Holmes County, informed about your local government. Holmes County currently has an estimated population of 19,927.


ALL Public Record Requests should be sent to David Corbin, County Administrator at hcc@holmescountyfl.org

PUBLIC CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions or wish to register a complaint regarding Holmes County’s Fair Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity or Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act please contact David Corbin at (850)547-1119 during normal business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

This website is currently under renovation to ensure accessibility by any disabled individual. Please contact David Corbin at 850-547-1119 for any accessibility issues on the website. If you are using assistive technology to access content on this website and the format of any material interferes with your ability to access it, please let us know immediately and we will correct it. If you contact us, would you please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the webpage address of the requested material, your contact information, and any other information that would allow us to better assist you.

The Board of County Commissioners has elected to close its office effective 8:00am on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and to remain closed until reevaluated on May 31, 2020. This is to help reduce potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus for our employees and our citizens, and to assist our nation’s preventative efforts. Although the County will be closed to the public, it will remain open to conduct business via phone and email. NOTE: All County Parks will be closed to the public. As of March 23, 2020 the Holmes County Tax Collector and Property Appraiser’s office is also closed.

We do want to remind our citizens to wash your hands with soap & water. Cover your coughs & sneezes with your arm, not your hands. If you’re sick, stay at home & avoid crowds.

Please be sure to follow the Florida Department of Health webpage for updates.

Department of Health Informational Line:

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners:

Please Note:

  • Please follow up with the Clerk of Court, Supervisor of Elections, Sheriff’s Office, Property Appraiser, & Tax Collector Office for their hours.
  • As of this moment, no reports of COVID-19 have been reported to our office.

Stay safe and we will provide updates as available
David Corbin
Project Director/County Manager
Holmes County Board of County Commissioners