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
   Down Payment Assistance Program
   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
ULDC Article 5 (WHP code begins on page 66)

Homebuyer/Renter Information:

Homebuyer/Renter Available WHP Units
Homebuyer/Renter Information
2018 WHP Sale Prices
2018 WHP Rent Price
2018 WHP Income Ranges    
 

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 early 2019.

Information regarding the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments can be found here.

Regarding the Code changes, a draft of the proposed changes to the WHP code has been finalized, and is scheduled for review by the Land Development Regulation Advisory Board (LDRAB) and Land Development Regulation Commission (LDRC) on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. in Room VC-1E 47, Vista Center, 2300 N Jog Rd., West Palm Beach. The meeting materials including the agenda, draft WHP code amendment, and document comparing the proposed code to current code, can be viewed here.

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

Following the LDRAB/LDRC, the proposed Code changes will be scheduled for Permission to Advertise, First Reading, and Adoption. Those dates, once determined, will be posted here.

Conversion of Underutilized Retail Centers for Residential Use

The County's Comprehensive Plan and the Workforce Housing Program include provisions that help facilitate the conversion of underutilized retail centers for residential use in the Urban/Suburban Tier of the unincorporated County. Most properties with a commercial land use designation also have an underlying residential land use designation, which can be applied to the residential or mixed use development of the property. Additional density may be available through a Workforce Housing Program Density Bonus and/or the Transfer of Development Rights. In areas with a concentration of very low and low income households, a density of up to 100% may be available. For more information, contact Michael Howe, Senior Planner, at 561-233-5361.