Community Development

Current Planning and Zoning

Current Planning and Zoning is a Division of the Community Development Department and consists of site plan review, the Board of Zoning Appeals, code enforcement, and other zoning services.

NOTICE:

As of December 10, 2009, the Community Development Department will be accepting applications for the following permit types:
1) Residential Fences Only
2) Temporary Uses (Special Events)
3) Temporary Advertising Devices
4) Commercial Name Changes
5) Tent Permits

These permit applications with the appropriate paperwork should be dropped off at the Zoning Department located at 18400 Murdock Circle, in the Building Construction Services building. The review process for these permit types will take approximately two to three days.

 

The Site Plan Review Process is responsible for site plan review for specific types of development to ensure compliance with all appropriate land development regulations and consistency with the comprehensive plan.

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a five-member board responsible for granting Special Exceptions, Variances and Zoning Official Administrative Appeals.

In addition, Current Planning and Zoning provides the following services:

  • Fence and Special Event Permits
  • Temporary Advertising Device Permits
  • Model Home Flag Permits
  • Zoning Verification, Flood Elevation, & Letters of No Objection

Current Planning and Zoning also reviews all building permits for compliance with the Charlotte County Zoning Regulations.

The Zoning Regulations

Provides all the answers for all your zoning questions, and what you don’t understand can be answered by a Zoning Technician who can be reached at (941) 743-1964. A copy of the Zoning Regulations can be purchased at the Charlotte County Administration Center, 18400 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte. Or, you may view the code online.

Code Enforcement

Enforces Charlotte County Zoning Code, International Property Maintenance Code, Florida Building Code and various other County Codes that promote the health, safety, welfare and quality of life within Charlotte County.

Landscaping

Any development, other than single family or two unit residential development, is required to submit a landscape plan, signed and sealed by a landscape architect, for approval by Community Services Management.  Landscape Plans FAQ

Depending on the complexity of the plans and the degree to which the plans are in compliance, a review can take approximately one to four days to complete. Plans that are not approvable must be revised to come into minimum compliance with Charlotte County Code and be resubmitted for review prior to approval.

Trees

All proposed site development must first obtain a Charlotte County Tree Permit approved by Community Development before any clearing of the site may begin. (Please note that compliance with the landscaping does not or may not fully meet tree point requirements). Depending on the complexity of the plans and the degree to which the plans are in compliance, a review can take approximately 1 to 5 days to complete. Plans that are not approvable must be revised to come into minimum compliance with Charlotte County Code and be resubmitted for review prior to approval.  Tree Permit Basics Brochure

Environmental

Currently, environmental staff reviews commercial and single family building permits; dock, lift, seawall, rip-rap and pier permits; large and small scale excavations, including ponds; and all miscellaneous tree permits. Any permit that falls into environmentally sensitive areas are also sent to the environmental staff for additional review. Staff also provides comments for various boards, including but not limited to, special exceptions, variances, re-zonings, etc. Environmental permit reviews and comments take approximately 1-5 days, depending upon the amount of reviews submitted to the County and whether or not the permit will require a site inspection.

  • “Where can I put my shed? How big can it be?”
  • “Where can I set up my landscaping business?”
  • “I want to put up a new sign on my business, how big can it be?”
  • How big can I build my home on this lot?

All these questions and more can be answered in the Zoning Regulations.

 

Impact Fees

Notice One

A reminder to all applicants. The waiver of all impact fees other than road impact fees sunsets on June 28, 2012. Therefore, any applications for permits received after June 28, 2012 will be subject to full impact fees. A schedule of those fees are available online. For more information, please contact the Zoning Division on 941.743.1964.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – JUNE 26, 2012

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting held June 26, 2012, the BCC requested staff to bring back a proposal to re-instate the waiver of all impact fees other than road impact fees. This will be heard by the Board of County Commissioners on July 10, 2012. Per the above section of this Notice, as of June 29, 2012 and until such time that the Board of County Commissioners re-instates the waiver, the County is required to assess the full amount of the impact fees. Applicants are advised to consider this information when determining the timing of their application.

Notice Two

Per Section 3-3.5-13 (see below for full text) of the Charlotte County Code, the annual adjustment of the impact fees has been calculated and results in an increase to the impact fees of 0.7%. Per the requirements of the ordinance, this increase shall become effective on October 1, 2012. A schedule of those fees will be available online prior to July 1, 2012. For more information, please contact the Zoning Division on 941.743.1964.

(a) The impact fee schedules shown in section 3-3.5-6, shall be adjusted annually by the county administrator in July of each calendar year beginning in July 2007. Unless otherwise directed by the board of county commissioners, any annual adjustments to the impact fee schedules that result in the impact fees remaining the same or decreasing shall become effective on July 1st of that calendar year. Any annual adjustments to the impact fee schedules that result in the impact fees increasing shall become effective on October 1st of that calendar year. All adjustments to the impact fees shall be based on the methodology described in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The adjusted fee shall be equal to:

(1) The percentage change in the Construction Cost Index, published by McGraw-Hill, between January of the prior year and January of the current year multiplied by 0.667; plus

(2) The percentage change in the average just value per parcel for vacant residential land within Charlotte County, as reported by the Charlotte County Property Appraiser, between January of the prior year and January of the current year multiplied by 0.333.

(c) For the purpose of this section the initial index to be referenced is January of the last year when the impact fees were updated with cost or demographic data.

(d) If the Construction Cost Index is changed so that the base year is different, the index shall be converted in accordance with the conversion factor published by McGraw-Hill.

(e) If the Construction Cost Index is discontinued or revised to make it unusable, the Consumer's Price Index, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or such other index or computation shall be used in order to obtain substantially the same result as would be obtained if the Construction Cost Index had not been discontinued or revised.

 

Contact Information

Community Development Department
Planning & Zoning Division
18400 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Phone: 941.743.1964
Fax: 941.764.4907