The Planning and Zoning Department is committed to providing the community with high-quality, proactive services and programs to enhance the quality of life of the City of South Miami residents, businesses and visitors, and to promote a well-designed, physically integrated, livable and prosperous community. The Planning and Zoning Department provides technical support to the City Manager, City Commission, other departments, appointed boards, residents, the business community and the general public on current land use and development issues.
The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for providing professional assistance and expertise to elected officials, appointed boards, city management and citizens in the areas of planning, zoning, land use management, economic development and strategic decision making. The Department is charged with the oversight of all inquiries pertaining to the City’s adopted land use and zoning provisions, including but not limited to, property plat and zoning information, Comprehensive Plan amendments, variance requests, site plan reviews, issuance of sign permits, tree removal permits, business license issuance, land development regulations and code compliance activity. The review responsibility for this division is regulated by Florida Statutes Chapters 162, 163 and 380 and Florida Administrative Code Section 9-J5 and 9-J11. These regulations control the development and implementation of our Master Plan, including Development Regulations, Concurrency Regulations, and other issues relating to the overall planning and land use function.