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
    
 

New Workforce Housing Code Adopted

On August 22, 2019 the Board of County Commissioners adopted amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Land Development Code, revising the County's Workforce Housing Program. These revisions were the result of a series of meetings with industry and interested parties, and several workshops of the Board of County Commissioners, to address policy issues and lessons learned in the implementation of the program. The new program will become effective at the effective date of the Comprehensive Plan amendment, anticipated to be late September/early October 2019.

The revised Workforce Housing Program includes several key changes:

  • Increases in lieu fees
  • Streamlines process for density bonuses up to 50%
  • Enables potential density bonuses up to 100% in urban residential land use designations, subject to compatibility review
  • Incentivizes the production of on-site, for-sale, single-family workforce units
  • Creates an "exchange builder" option for the delivery of workforce units 

The Comprehensive Plan amendment and the code ordinance adopted by the Board on August 22, 2019 can be viewed here. For additional information regarding the revised Workforce Housing Program, contact the Planning Division at 561-233-5300

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.