Housing Programs

The Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning and Building Department is responsible for processing Comprehensive Plan policies and Unified Land Development regulations regarding workforce and affordable housing for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. Other County departments and agencies provide prospective homebuyers or renters with information related to housing programs. Please see links below for more information.

Looking to Buy or Rent a Home?

   Click here for Workforce/Affordable Housing - For Sale or Rent

Looking to become Income Pre-Qualified for Workforce Housing?

  • Contact to pre-qualify: Verna Jackson, 561-233-2064 or Greg Claytor, 561-233-3619
    Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability

   Click here for Home Buyer/Renter Information
   Workforce Housing Informational Flyer
   Workforce Housing Orientation Schedule

 Looking for Financial Assistance?

    Click here for list of Housing Assistance Programs

 

Affordable Housing Program 

Palm Beach County's Affordable Housing Program (AHP) is voluntary program that provides an opportunity to seek additional density when developing affordable units within the Urban Suburban Tier in unincorporated Palm Beach County.

Builder/Developer AHP Application
Builder/Developer General Information AHP
Housing Element Policy
Homebuyer/Renter available Affordable Units

 

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program

Palm Beach County's Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program is voluntary program that allows a property owner to achieve a density bonus by purchasing the increase in density in new residential developments within the Urban/Suburban Tier in unincorporated Palm Beach County.

TDR Information
TDR Prices

 

Workforce Housing Program

Palm Beach County's Workforce Housing Program (WHP) is a mandatory program that provides for the development of workforce housing units in all new residential developments within the Urban Suburban Tier, in unincorporated Palm Beach County. The program is intended to serve the housing needs of people employed in the jobs that the general population of the community relies upon to make the community economically viable.

WHP Informational Brochure

Builder/Developer Information:
WHP Application
Builder/Developer Information
Housing Element Policy
Current WHP Code

Homebuyer/Renter Information:

Homebuyer/Renter Available WHP Units
Homebuyer/Renter Information
2019 WHP Sales Prices / Incomes 
2019 WHP Rental Prices / Incomes
    
 

Ongoing Efforts to Increase Attainable Housing

Palm Beach County Housing Summit Regional Subcommittees

In an effort to increase housing that is affordable, attainable, and appropriate in Palm Beach County, an inaugural Housing Summit was held in May 2017. More than 500 stakeholders attended the summit and tremendous momentum was created to address the housing crisis in our community. To build on that momentum, the Housing Summit Steering Committee developed guiding principles and actions based on the presentations, discussions and ideas heard at the summit. A regional framework consisting of four Regional Subcommittees was established to countinue the ongoing effort on a countywide basis. The Regional Subcommittees were charged with developing tailored regional housing plans through an inclusive, collaborative approach that ensures broad participation and is responsive to the local conditions. The Subcommittee's final reports and other information related to this effort can be viewed here.

Revisions to the County's Workforce Housing Program

The County's Workforce Housing Program (WHP) was established in the Unified Land Development Code in 2006, and modified in 2010 in response to economic conditions at the time. In recent years, the County has initiated an effort to evaluate and enhance the WHP. Through a series of meetings with industry and interested parties, and several workshops of the Board of County Commissioners, the County has identified a number of key policy issues to be addressed. At an October 23, 2018 workshop of the Board of County Commissioners, the Board directed a number of changes to the WHP, which are to be implemented through amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Land Development Code in 2019. Proposed revisions to the WHP code were reviewed by the Land Development Regulation Advisory Board (LDRAB) and Land Development Regulation Commission on April 24th. On June 27, 2019 the Board of County Commissioners granted permission to advertise for First Reading of the proposed ordinance incorporating the recommended code revisions.

The First Reading of the proposed ordinance is scheduled for July 25, 2019, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Palm Beach County Robert Weisman Governmental Center, 6th floor Commission Chambers, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. 

The meeting materials including the agenda and proposed ordinance can be viewed here

In addition, the following may be helpful in reviewing the proposed Code changes:

Following the June 25th First Reading, it is anticipated that the proposed code changes would be schduled for Adoption on August 22nd, 2019.

The amendment to the WHP provisions in the Comprehensive Plan was transmitted in January 2019; the transmitted amendment can be found here. Adoption of the Comprehensive Plan amendment will be scheduled concurrent with the adoption of the ULDC changes.

Conversion of Underutilized Retail Centers for Residential Use

In January 2019, changes were adopted to the Unified Land Development Code to allow properties with a Commercial designation and an underlying residential designation to utilize both the non-residential and residential development potential within one Multiple Use Planned Development. In addition, the County's Workforce Housing Program includes provisions that help facilitate the conversion of underutilized retail centers with underlying residential designations in the Urban/Suburban Tier. In areas with a concentration of very low and low income households, a density bonus of up to 100% may be available. Additional density may also be available through the Transfer of Development Rights. Other Comprehensive Plan provisions, such as the Urban Redevelopment Area, allow for redevelopment of commercial property as residential or mixed use. For more information, contact the Planning Division, at 561-233-5300.