Pre-Construction: Applications and Zoning

One of the less glamorous parts of pre-construction is securing the appropriate permits and zoning approvals required to begin work in Miami. But, as unglamorous as it is, it’s still absolutely essential. In fact, even if you aren’t trying to rezone a property in South Florida, there are special and/or historic districts across Miami-Dade County for which you often have to get a specific zoning board’s sign-off before moving ahead with the project.

Steps to Securing a Zoning Verification Letter in Miami

Before applying for a zoning verification letter (ZVL), you must first find your property’s zone. The City of Miami offers a search tool on its website to guide you through each step.

Once your address has been verified, you will select what you want to do with your request. Often this includes seeking a zoning designation or requesting certificate of use information. Most often you will also need to include backup documentation with your application. It’s imperative that you don’t overlook any requirements in the zoning application process.

Speak to a Local Construction Expert When Seeking a ZVL

The process for securing zoning board approval in Miami-Dade can be highly frustrating if you aren’t familiar with the process, forms and requirements. Don’t try to go it alone. Speak with a local expert in pre-construction before trying to secure a ZVL.

One reason why? Often the approval committee only meets once per month. If there is an error in your documentation – or you accidentally omit a piece – you will have to wait at least another month before you can get in front of them again. This type of setback can be detrimental to your project’s timeline – and it’s completely avoidable if you work with a construction professional.

The normal timeline for requesting a zoning verification letter in Miami takes roughly 20 business days and comes with a $200 fee per folio. While you’ll be anxious to get start work on construction, taking the time upfront to secure necessary approvals, letters and permits for your project will save you time, money and headaches down the road.

As you make plans for a commercial construction project in South Florida, we can’t stress enough how important it is that you follow all rules and regulations for zoning and permitting. Our team at Seacoast Construction makes sure all the necessary approval and permitting steps are taken during pre-construction so your build goes off without a hitch. To learn more about commercial construction in Miami, get in touch with our team today.


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