Summary of Services
The Growth Management Department is the land development regulatory agency for Tallahassee. The department implements the City’s environmental and land development activities. The department is also responsible for enforcing building codes through building plan review, permitting, and inspection. The department consists of the following divisions:
•Manages and provides direction and technical support through the ongoing review and evaluation of codes and ordinances enforced by the department's internal processes and management activities.
Land Use and Environmental Services (LUES)
•Responsible for enforcement of the concurrency policy, the zoning/site plan/subdivision code, and the environmental management code.
•Administers the stormwater operating permit and environmentally sensitive lands mapping programs.
•Responsible for enforcing the City’s building and sign codes.
•Ensures that planned construction complies with applicable codes.
•Authorizes utility connections and issues certificates of occupancy.
•Provides centralized intake and coordination of all permit applications.
•Administers contractor licensing regulations and enforces the rooming house ordinance.
In FY22, Growth Management will continue to provide outstanding services to the community at their current staffing level.
Growth Management has added extensive online access to services and permitting to address the needs of citizens and businesses in the City. This effort will continue with additional experience and improvements to technology.
•Building Inspection will continue to provide services at their current level of staffing. An increase in permitting activity could require additional staffing, the cost of which would be offset by increased fee collection.
•The schedule of building permit fees will be reviewed in FY22 for implementation in FY23 to ensure adequate cost recovery over the next several years.
•Highly trained staff who are qualified and hold the necessary certifications are vital to providing a high level of service. Strategies for the future include maintaining excellence through training and credentialing of staff and managing staff levels to meet changing demands for services.
•The demand for and efficiency of online access to permitting services and information will require additional investment in technology
Targets and Initiatives
1-A-3. Number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations installed in utility customers’ homes. (Co-owner with Electric & Gas, and Customer Operations)
2-C-Initiative 1. Increase residential density within City limits.
Short-Term Action Plan
1. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations - Growth Management will continue to issue permits for EV charging stations as requested. No permits for residential EV charging stations were requested in 2020, but charging stations were installed at commercial sites.
2. Increase residential density - The MMTD allows increased densities. The Growth Management Department has numerous contacts with developers on projects in the MMTD. Staff continues to implement required minimum densities and encourages developers to take advantage of the maximum potential densities. Citywide, 303, 326, and 81 (partial) permits for 1 & 2 family units were issued in the last 3 fiscal years. Likewise, 520, 516, and 262 (partial) permits for multi-family units were issued in the last three fiscal years.
1. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations - The installation of charging stations is voluntary. They will likely not be in demand until the use of electric vehicles is more widespread.
2. Increase residential density within City limits - There are two challenges. First, it is unclear what effect the pandemic will have on development trends. Second, public opposition to increased densities is anticipated to be a continuing challenge. However, it can be addressed through recent initiatives, like the neighborhood compatibility ordinance.
1. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations - For the future, the Growth Management Department will promote the benefits of EV charging stations through our web site and our permitting process.
2. Increase residential density within City limits - The success of increasing densities will be dependent on good communication with existing residents, on explaining the benefits of infill versus the disadvantages of sprawl, and on better design allowing varying densities and intensities to co-exist.