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Posted on: December 7, 2023

Residential Lot Grading Plan to be Implemented

residential lot grading plan to be implemented

Starting January 1, 2024 new requirements for building permit applicants


Starting Monday, January 1, 2024, in conjunction with the implementation of the updated 2023 Florida Building Codes, there will be additional lot grading requirements for building permit applications. Applicants will have to provide a lot grading plan for all residential building permits for new single-family residences, an increase of 500 square feet or more of lot coverage or impervious surface, and for all Floodplain Management Permits.


Over the years, residential property owners have brought in fill to elevate their property to mitigate flood damage. This practice has caused flooding onto neighboring properties. As a result, the City Commission created the Building Code Task Force for Existing Properties to explore amendments to the city’s land development code.  Specifically, the intent of this effort is to increase stormwater resiliency within the city’s older, established neighborhoods. A result of that process, the attached residential lot grading plan was developed to help guide building permit applicants toward lot grading best practices.


The lot grading plan and approval process are being implemented to ensure that the code is followed, which will help alleviate the flooding onto neighboring properties that is caused by normal rain events. Please refer to the Residential Lot Grading Plan for more information.  A post development lot grading plan shall be submitted to the Building Official prior to the final building inspection. The Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion will not be issued until the post development lot grading plan has been approved.


For more information, the official residential lot grading plan is attached. Please contact the City’s Planning and Building Department at, or call (904) 825-1065 or (904) 209-4327 with questions.

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