What Is a Land Development Permit and When Will You Need It?

Here in South Florida, the permitting process is notoriously complicated, and while the reputation is perhaps warranted, it doesn’t mean you can feign ignorance and sidestep the process. Securing the appropriate permit(s) for your build is essential to keep your development project moving.

What is a Land Development Permit?

The City of Miami has a special Land Development Division responsible for guiding developers, architects, and the general public through the special permit process.

The primary purpose of a land development permit is to ensure that proposed development activities comply with local zoning ordinances, building codes, environmental regulations, and other applicable laws and regulations. Land development permits help maintain the character and quality of communities as they grow and develop and ensure oversight of the process.

When Do You Need a Land Development Permit?

Several situations necessitate a land development permit. Regulatory approval is required anytime you develop or alter land for various purposes, including residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional projects. More specifically, here are some scenarios when you would need a land development permit in Miami-Dade:

  • Building new construction
  • Renovating or expanding an existing structure
  • Subdividing land
  • Changing land use
  • Grading a new site or doing earthwork
  • Installing utilities or infrastructure

Obtaining a land development permit is an essential step for any project requiring one. Failing to secure appropriate permits for a buildout will grind your project to a halt – and that means lost money and time. We’ve seen projects delayed years because their contractor or architect failed to secure the right permits.

At Seacoast Consulting Group, we’ve spent 25 years navigating the ins and outs of the permitting process in South Florida. We know the best practices for securing the permits you need as quickly as possible so your project can be completed on time and on budget. If you have questions about any phase of construction in the Tri-County area, get in touch with our team to schedule a free consultation.



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