Planning & Development Services

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**** The City has developed a simple application for restaurants that wish to temporarily establish or expand their existing outdoor seating area in order to maintain the social distancing requirements set forth in Broward County Emergency Order 20-10.  Upon review of a complete application, city staff will contact the applicant informing them if they are approved for additional outdoor seating.  The link to the application is below.****

Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, the Planning, Code Compliance, and Building Divisions will be adjusting their schedules and closing at 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Complete schedules are as follows:

Building Division

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday – Friday

Planning and Code Compliance Division

8 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday – Friday

The Planning, Code, and Building divisions are limiting the number of customers occupying the lobby at any given time due to social distancing guidelines. Therefore, to gain access to these areas upon your arrival at City Hall, please call 954-480-4252 to reach Code/Building and 954-480-4206 for Planning.  A city employee will let you know if there is space is available in either of these lobbies.  If space is not available immediately, a staff member will take your phone number and call you back as soon as possible.

For additional information, contact the Planning Department at 954-480-4206 or web.planning@deerfield-beach.com

Planning & Development Services 

The Department of Planning & Development Services is comprised of two divisions: the Planning & Zoning Division and the Building Division.

Planning & Zoning Division

The Planning & Zoning Division is responsible for long-range and comprehensive planning; current or neighborhood and project planning; maintenance and administration of the City's zoning code, which includes administration of sign permits, and the Certificate of Use program; and the operation of the City Landscape Architect, which includes landscape design for City properties, issuance of landscape and tree removal permits, and developing and maintaining various community landscape programs.

Building Division 

The Building Division is responsible for enforcing codes and ordinances ensuring safe, sound and progressive development of commercial and residential properties. Renovations, remodeling and construction are all closely monitored, while code inspections are conducted systematically. The division complies with guidelines established by the Florida Building Commission and the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals. The Building Division has three major areas of responsibility: building permitting, burglar alarm permitting, and the identification and removal of unsafe structures in conjunction with the Unsafe Structures Board.