Planning & Building
The Planning and Building Department provides certified professional services for the enforcement of the city's codes relating to the development of land and the State of Florida regulations relating to the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors of St. Augustine. Under the leadership of Director David Birchim, the Planning & Building Department also provides staff support for the Planning and Zoning Board, Historic Architectural Review Board, and the Code Enforcement Board. Information and agendas for all of these boards are available online here. For a complete list of department contact information, visit our department directory. The Planning and Building Department is open Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm and closed for all major holidays.
All permits, including those for land development, residential, the non-residential use of property, business licensing, building, remodeling, signs, and archaeology may be obtained at the Planning and Building Department or in the Planning & Building Permits, Forms and Applications document center.
Historic Preservation Master Plan
The City of St. Augustine adopted a Historic Preservation Master Plan in October 2018. To learn more about historic preservation planning, visit the Historic Preservation Master Plan page.
King Street Design Guidelines Update
The City of St. Augustine is intiating the third part of a four part project to update the existing "Design Standards for Entry Corridors". This area includes King Street from Granada Street west to the intersection of Palmer Street, Pellicer Lane and West King Street, and includes discussion to extend the design corridor to the west City limits near the Boys and Girls Club. Again, one of the main goals of the update is to make the existing guidelines clearer and easier to work with. Find the project information flyer here. If you have any questions please send an email to the City Historic Preservation Officer, Jenny Wolfe (email@example.com) or the city project manager Amy Skinner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional project questions can be referred to the project consultant, Marquis Latimer + Halback.
To learn more about the Design Standards Update, the original Entry Corridor Design Standards, the public workshops, and how to become more involved in the process, visit the King Street Design Guidelines Update page.
A Joint Planning and Zoning Board and Historic Architectural Review Board Workshop is set for Wednesday, January 9, 2019. This is an opportunity for the public to provide comments related to the proposed Standards to the Boards during the 30 day review period.
Our goal is to obtain as much feedback about the vision for King Street and specific areas of concern (for individual buildings/property owners, as an example) as possible before the updated Standards are adopted in March of 2019.
A public workshop was held on May 22, 2019 to garner additional input from property owners. It is anticipated that the updated King Street Standards will be reviewed by the City Commission this summer.