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Planning & Zoning

Anastasia Boulevard Design Guideline Update
The City of St. Augustine has initiated a project to update the existing “Design Standards for Entry Corridors.”  The first area to be updated is Anastasia Boulevard.  The simple goal of the update is to make the guidelines clearer and easier to work with.  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 theAnastasia Boulevard Design Guideline Update page.

AnastasiaIslandMapThe Planning and Building Department provides certified professional services for the enforcement of the City’s codes relating to the development of land regulations relating to the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors of St. Augustine. 

The Planning and Building Department is responsible for long term and short term planning for the City of St. Augustine. This involves the planning and zoning responsibilities for the City. Long term planning includes reviewing development proposals for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use designations for property within the City. These designations define the overall density and intensity for the direction of development desired by the City as adopted in the Comprehensive Plan, and outline the Goals, Objectives and Policies of how the City plans to support and achieve the desired development. The Comprehensive Plan is made up of Elements or Chapters.

These Elements include:
  • Future Land Use 
  • Transportation 
  • Housing 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Conservation and Coastal Management 
  • Recreation and Open Space 
  • Intergovernmental Coordination 
  • Capital Improvements 
  • Historic Preservation (optional) 
  • Public Schools Facilities Element 
The land development and zoning codes of the City specifically define the types of uses and development regulations for real estate and business development within the City. The development regulations range from subdivision requirements, permitted uses, building setbacks, parking and landscaping requirements to the sign code.

The Planning and Building Department is one of the first places to find out what requirements need to be met to develop a piece of property. This includes, commercial development and site plan requirements, parking, landscaping and tree removal, sign code and permits, conservation overlay zone development and docks, and single family and multifamily homes.

The Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) is a volunteer citizen board, appointed by the City Commission, and is the State mandated land planning agency for the City. The PZB reviews applications for variances, exceptions, Comprehensive Plan amendments, zoning amendments, and appeals of staff to make decisions and recommendations to the City Commission.