JEFFERSON COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Our mission is to:
1. Provide professional planning services to the citizens, developers, and government officials of Jefferson County.
2. Assist our citizens in their efforts to comply with federal, state, and local regulations enacted for protection of the overall public health, safety and welfare when obtaining construction and development permits.
3. Ensure all efforts of the Department are directed toward enhancement of the existing and future quality of life in Jefferson County, Florida.
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NOTICE: If you are interested in volunteering to serve the citizens of Jefferson County, the Board needs volunteers to serve on the Code Enforcement Board. Membership should include, whenever possible, an architect, a businessman, an engineer, a general contractor, a subcontractor and a realtor; however, while preferred, those are not required. The only true requirement is a desire and commitment to voluntarily serve the citizens of Jefferson County.
If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, Code Enforcement Board, or any other citizen committee, please visit the Planning Department office or the County Coordinator's office and fill out a “Volunteer Application” form (also available here). Mail or bring the application to the Jefferson County Planning Department, 445 W. Palmer Mill Rd., Monticello, 32344. For further information call 850-342-0223.
JEFFERSON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE
PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR ADOPTION
Public Hearings regarding the adoption of the revised Jefferson County Land Development Code, the local land use regulations for land use and development in the county, have been scheduled by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners. The First Reading Public Hearing will be at 7:00 PM, May 19, 2015 at the Courtroom Annex, at 435 West Walnut Street, Monticello. The Second Reading Public Hearing will be at 7:00 PM, June 16, 2015 at the Courtroom Annex, at 435 West Walnut Street, Monticello. The revised Land Development code is available in two versions. Click on the version below to read, print or download:
2015 LDC Final Interlineated Draft 04.14.2015.pdf
2015 LDC Final Clean Draft 04.14.2015.pdf
A “desk copy” is available for review at the Planning Department office (address above). Copies may also be purchased from the Planning Department for a $5.50 printing cost for black and white with color copies available at extra charge. The current code (without proposed changes) can be viewed below (pdf copies of each chapter are near the bottom of this page).
The following are informational Pdf files available here for viewing, printing, and download - click on the underlined links below:
The “Vision Plan for a Sustainable Future - Jefferson County, Florida”: Volume I; Volume II; Volume III; Appendix
A copy of the 2025 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (adopted 02/02/2012) is available HERE
A copy of the 2025 FUTURE LAND USE MAP (adopted 02/02/2012 and labeled 2011) is available HERE
For information regarding the Jefferson County Planning Commission and Code Enforcement Board: click here.
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule: The Planning Commission does not meet every month; however, meetings are generally scheduled to occur on the 2nd Thursday of a month beginning at 7:00 PM. All meetings are open to the public and are advertised prior to the meeting dates. Meetings generally are scheduled for Public Hearings regarding development applications or the adoptions of ordinances, workshops for may be scheduled at other times, which will be advertised. Agenda of upcoming meetings are available at the Planning Department office at the beginning of each month. Minutes of past Planning Commission Meetings are available at the Planning Department office. To receive a copy of the agenda of upcoming Planning Commission meetings, please send your email address to email@example.com to be added to our monthly email list.
NOTE: All current and new property owners in Jefferson County should be aware that Land Development Regulations are applicable to all types of development including subdivisions of property and the construction of buildings (regardless of type) or other improvements such as driveways and power poles. All subdivisions of land require approval in accordance with the Land Development Code. Verification of approval by the Planning Department should be obtained prior to the recording of all new deeds at the Clerk of Courts Office. If property ownership is conveyed without approval, future owners may not be able to obtain a building permit. Please contact the Planning Department office prior to any action to be taken or for answers to any questions related to land use or the subdivision of property. Building and other types of permits will not be issued for any site without issuance of a Development Permit from the Planning Department.
Development Applications - Processing Timeframes: Applications for developments may be submitted at any time; however some applications require approval by the Planning Commission or the Board of County Commissioners. For a development project to be scheduled for action by either/both Commissions, a complete application and the related fees must be submitted by the first day of the month prior to the scheduled Public Hearing. This time is required for processing, evaluation and public notification before the application is placed on the meeting agenda. For example, all applications must be submitted on the first day of the month of January for action by the Planning Commission at a Public Hearing on the second Thursday of February. If a project requires approval by the Board of County Commissioners, the Public Hearing for the Board of County Commissioners action will normally be third Tuesday of the month following the Planning Commission Public Hearing. All notification letters and advertisements must reflect these meeting schedules.
Important Notes: A Development Permit must be issued for ANY development - including ANY type of building permit. - An applicant is strongly encouraged to request a pre-application meeting with the Planning Department staff to ensure the applicant is aware of all Land Development Code (LDC) and permitting requirements, including compliance with environmental permitting regulations of the appropriate Water Management District (Suwanee River or Northwest Florida). - The applicant must provide a copy of their Deed to the property and may be required to provide a Boundary Survey, indicating the locations of all existing improvements and delineation of wetlands and flood zones, prepared by a Registered Land Surveyor for Permit Applications. (If the applicant is not the owner, legal authorization to represent the owner must be provided)
For developers and interested citizens: There are many regulations affecting the use and development of land. In addition to the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code, there are rules and regulations set forth by various departments of the State of Florida and the U.S. government, including FDEP, EPA, FDOT, NWFWMD, SRWMD, FWC, etc. Please visit the Planning Department Informational LINKS page for links to the agencies listed above.
Administrative procedures are outlined in the Land Development Code in Article Nine.
NOTE: Major Development Applications are not available online. A pre-application meeting is required for all proposed Major Developments and application forms and actual submittal requirements may vary depending upon the size and type of development .
Applications for Planning Official Approval:
Non-Residential Minor Development
Staff Review Minor Subdivision (Lot Split-Family Subdivision-Minor Replat-Minor Subdivision-Boundary Adjustment)
Business/Home Business Permit Application
Temporary Use Permit Application
Applications for Planning Commission Approval: The following applications require a review by the Planning Official, who then makes a recommendation to the Planning Commission to approve, approve with conditions or deny the application.
Variance Application Form
Communications Tower Application Form
Planning Commission/BOCC Approval:
This application requires three (3) names to be submitted (in order of preference) for review by the Planning Official. Proposed names should not be duplicates of sound close enough to be confused with any existing public or private road in the county (including the City of Monticello). The Planning Official will make a recommendation to approve the appropriate eligible suggestion(s).
Street Name Request/Change Application Form
Jefferson County Land Development Code: The Land Development Code is divided into the nine chapters as shown below. The links are to pdf files to read with your browser, save to your computer, or print on your printer. NOTE: These files are updated when there are changes to the Land Development Code as a whole or in part, with the most current update for each chapter shown.
Special Note: Current Land Use Regulations do not require an applicant for any type of subdivision to provide a title opinion for properties to be subdivided (except for Recorded Plats), however, the Planning Department strongly recommends a title opinion be provided. When there are multiple names listed as owners of a parcel, ALL owners must sign ALL applications, etc., or legally appoint a representative authorized to act in their behalf.
Future Land Use Categories of Properties: available on the maps on the Property Appraiser's Website (1. Click on the link 2. When page opens, click on the green box that says "GIS Map". 3. When the map is showing, there is a box to the right of the map with three tabs at the top. Click on the tab labeled "Layers" and then check the box that says "Future Land Use". Zoom to the area of interest.
NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY: the NWI is available online at http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Data/Mapper.html When ready to use the mapper, click on the box labeled "Click Here to Open the Wetlands Mapper". After clicking on the "red box" you will see a map and there will be a white box near the upper right corner of the page. Type in an address "XXXX Streetname, City, State". In the box that says "Available Layers", make sure there is a checkmark in the box before Wetlands. When ready, click the button labeled "Find Location" and the map will zoom to the address. If you need to zoom out, you can use the scroll wheel on your mouse or the slidebar at the far left of the page.