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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 library.

San Marco Avenue Design Guidelines Update

The City of St. Augustine has completed the second part of a project to update the existing "Design Standards for Entry Corridors".  This area includes San Marco Avenue from West Castillo Drive north to the intersection of San Marco Avenue and North Ponce de Leon Boulevard (Welcome fountain).  Again, one of the main goals of the update is to make the guidelines clearer and easier to work with. Find the final and approved update to the San Marco Avenue Design Standards here.  Send an email to the City Historic Preservation Officer, Jenny Wolfe ( or Preservation Planner, Kelli Mitchell ( for any specific questions or city project planner Amy Skinner ( if you have any project questions.  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 San Marco Avenue Design Guideline Update page.

Historic Preservation Master Plan

The City of St. Augustine is currently developing a formalized Historic Preservation Master Plan. To learn more about historic preservation planning generally, the steps being taken to develop St. Augustine's Historic Preservation Master Plan, and how to become more involved in the process, visit the Historic Preservation Master Plan page.

Historic Preservation, Building Codes, and Resiliency

The City of St. Augustine and Flagler College, in cooperation with the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and more than a dozen other organizations held a workshop on Historic Preservation, Building Codes and Resiliency November 15th and 16th, 2016. The workshop featured 16 speakers participating in presentations and panel discussions covering a wide range of topics including disaster management planning for cultural resources, building codes and historic buildings, and sea level rise with several speakers from the National Park Service, professionals in Florida as well as national experts. Click below to see the presentations from the workshop: