Zoning - General

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  • Question Mark IconWhere can I locate the Zoning Regulations for Unincorporated Palm Beach County?
    Answer:

    ​Zoning regulations are located on the Zoning Web page and is titled  "Unified Land Development Code" or   ULDC.  Go to http://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/zoning/Pages/default.aspx, Click on link "Unified Land Development Code" then click "Search" tab to search by keywords. The PDF versions of each article are also available on the same page.


  • Question Mark IconHow do I arrange a meeting with a Planner?
    Answer:

    ​Contact the Public Information Staff at 561-233-5200 first to discuss the request or proposal so that staff may do preliminary research, then they will refer you to the appropriate Section to schedule an appointment with the DRO Zoning Technician or Public Hearing Secretary to discuss your proposed request.


  • Question Mark IconCan I operate a Landscaping Business from my home?
    Answer:

    All Landscape Services home occupation shall be reviewed by Zoning to make the determination for approval. Refer to Article 4.B.2.C.21, for requirements. A Business Tax Receipt is required from the Tax Collector and shall be reviewed and receive sign-off by Zoning prior to issuance. Contact Zoning at 561-233-5200 for more information.


  • Question Mark IconAre there any regulations for a contractor storing materials and equipment at a residential property?
    Answer:

    Yes. A limited contractor storage yard may be allowed as a Home Occupation and shall be reviewed by Zoning to determine approval necessary. Refer to Article 4.B.5.C.1, for requirements. A Business Tax Receipt is required from the Tax Collector and shall be reviewed and receive sign-off by Zoning prior to issuance. Contact Zoning at 561-233-5200 for more information.


  • Question Mark IconCan I have a business in my home?
    Answer:

    Yes. The Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) considers a business at home as a Home Occupation. The ULDC defines Home Occupation as a business, profession, occupation, trade, artisan, or handcraft conducted in a dwelling unit for commercial gain by a resident of the unit. A Home Occupation shall not include those businesses that are open to the public, including those approved by State of Florida agencies. Refer to ULDC Article4.B.1.E.10 for additional requirements.


  • Question Mark IconAre electronic message signs permitted?
    Answer:

    Electronic message signs are permitted with restrictions. Refer to Article 8.G.3.B of the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC), Electronic Message Signs, for details.


  • Question Mark IconIs livestock allowed in a residential district?
    Answer:

    ​Pursuant to ULDC, Article 5.B.1.A.21, Livestock, domesticated livestock shall be allowed accessory to a single-family residential use, if located in the Rural and Exurban Tiers and not within a Planned Unit Development (PUD), however sales are prohibited.


  • Question Mark IconDo I need zoning approval to have a dog daycare business in my home?
    Answer:
    Yes. A Class A zoning approval is required for a Limited pet boarding of up to 7 domestic cats or dogs only if the property is located in AGR and AR/RSA and AR/USA zoning districts with a minimum of 1 acre lot size. The applicant also is required to file an application to Animal Care and Control (ACC) prior to submitting to zoning. Refer to Article 4.B.1.C.11 for more information.

  • Question Mark IconWhere do I find the Master Sign Plan for a particular project or parcel?
    Answer:
    You must have the project control number to review the approved plans. Go to the Zoning Web page, click on ePZB Interactive link, click on "General" then "Property Information" and enter owner's name, address OR property control number (PCN) click  search; click PZB Info tab to get the "Control No" . With the control number in hand, use the Zoning Web page (main), click on "ePlans" to view all approved plans for this project. The Final Sign Plan is indicated with the acronym FMSP on the right. The Plan may be downloaded in Adobe PDF. If no FMSP check with zoning to verify.

  • Question Mark IconWhat does a property's Future Land Use (FLU) designation and Zoning District mean?
    Answer:

    The Future Land Use designation institutes a framework for growth management and land planning in unincorporated Palm Beach County, which is monitored and enforced by the Planning Division.  A Zoning District controls the use of the land within the jurisdiction through Property Development Regulations such as setbacks, landscaping, parking, etc. When developing a property in Palm Beach County the Future Land Use and Zoning District shall be consistent for the development.


  • Question Mark IconHow many Handicap parking spaces are required?
    Answer:
    The provisions of parking spaces and passenger loading areas for persons with disabilities are governed by Florida State Statutes,  FS  316.1955,  FS  316.1957  and  FS  553.5041.  The Building Division reviews this requirement, and generally requires 1 space for every 25 required spaces to be dedicated for people with disabilities.

  • Question Mark IconI want to construct a new home and live on my property in a Mobile Home during the construction of the permanent Residence, is this allowed?
    Answer:
    Pursuant to Article 5 of the Unified Land Development Code, Supplementary Use Standards, properties in the Agricultural Residential (AR) Zoning District, that has a Rural Residential Future Land Use designation, may be allowed to have a mobile home on the property while actively constructing a home on same. You must obtain a building permit for the construction of a single family dwelling first. Refer to Article 5.B.1.C.1.A in the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC), Types of Temporary Structures.

  • Question Mark IconIs my property in the County or in the City?
    Answer:
    Property Control Numbers (PCN) in Palm Beach County have 17 digits. PCNs in the unincorporated jurisdiction begins with 00. If the PCN begins with a two-digit number other than 00 then the property is under the jurisdiction of a municipality. Call the Property Appraisers office at 561-355-2881 to determine in which municipality the property is located.

  • Question Mark IconDo I need zoning approval to locate a food truck on the side of the road?
    Answer:
    No. This is referred to as "roadside vendor" and is issued for prepared foods, flowers, plants or produce only. The vendor must obtain a permit from the PBC Engineering Department and a Business Tax Receipt from the PBC Tax Collector. Contact Engineering - Traffic division at 561- 684-4030. Information can also be obtained at http://discover.pbcgov.org/engineering/traffic/Pages/Roadside_Vendor.aspx

  • Question Mark IconWhat determines whether a Use is considered Bona Fide Agricultural?
    Answer:

    ​The determination as to whether or not a use is considered Bona Fide Agricultural shall be pursuant to FS 823.14, Florida Right to Farm Act.


  • Question Mark IconHow do I find my Zoning District for my property and what is the meaning of the zones?
    Answer:
    Go to https://www.pbcgov.org/ePZB.Admin.WebSPA/ select ePZB Online Portal link, then enter Property Information or type in the owner's name, or address or PCN and click on Search, then click on Land Use to see the Land Use Summary. Every property in Palm Beach County has a zoning designation which refers to the use of the property, such as, residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, etc.