Planning & Zoning

Anastasia Island MapThe Planning and Building Department provides certified professional services for the enforcement of the City’s codes related to the development of land. These regulations relate to the health, safety, and welfare of residents and visitors of St. Augustine.


The Planning Division is responsible for long and short term planning for the City of St. Augustine. This involves State-mandated long term planning, as well as, enforcement of the zoning code and land development regulation responsibilities for the City. Long term planning includes reviewing development proposals for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use designations for property within the City.


The Planning and Building Department is one of the first places to find out what requirements need to be met to develop a piece of property. This includes:

  • Single-Family and Multifamily Homes
  • Commercial Development and Site Plan Requirements
  • Conservation Overlay Zone Development and Docks
  • Landscaping and Tree Removal
  • Parking
  • Business Tax Receipts
  • Sign Code and Permits

Planning & Zoning Board

The Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) is a volunteer citizen board, appointed by the City Commission, and is the State mandated land planning agency for the City. The PZB reviews applications for variances, exceptions, Comprehensive Plan amendments, zoning amendments, and appeals of staff to make decisions and recommendations to the City Commission.

Please submit your complete PZB application with supporting documentation as one PDF file through the Planning & Building Department portal (must use google chrome for portal submittal).

Development Review Committee

Development Review Committee is comprised of the City’s Planning, Building, Public Works and Fire Department which reviews proposed developments within the City for compliance with applicable codes and regulations. There is a $20 fee for review, please register through the Planning & Building Department portal (google chrome must be used for portal submittal) and upload all supporting documentation (site and floor plan). The meetings are held every Friday at 8:30 a.m., the application deadline is Friday by 4:00 pm to be placed on the agenda for review the following Friday.