Growth Management

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:

•Administration - 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 and administers the stormwater operating permit and environmentally sensitive lands mapping programs

•Building Inspection

o Responsible for enforcing the City’s building and sign codes

o Ensures that planned construction complies with applicable codes

o Authorizes utility connections and issues certificates of occupancy

o Provides centralized intake and coordination of all permit applications

o Administers contractor licensing regulations and enforces the rooming house ordinance

Land Use and Environmental Services


In FY24, Growth Management will continue to provide outstanding services to the community at its 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


•Building Inspection will continue to provide services at the level that demand requires and ensure full-cost recovery of costs.

•The Commission reviewed and updated building permit fees effective October 1, 2022. Further, the code was amended to provide an annual adjustment each October 1 based on the positive increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is consistent with other utility rates.


•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

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