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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 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 exisitng 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 ( or the city project manager Amy Skinner (  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 when available.  A Community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm in the Alcazar Room at City Hall.  Please take a few minutes to complete a survey regarding your perspective of potential design standards for King Street at  Our goal is to obtain more general comments and feedback about the vision for King Street and specific areas of concern (for individual buildings / property owners, as an example).  By design, we tried to keep it free response and using the same questions from our community/public meetings from corridors past.