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NOTICE: The Planning & Zoning Department has suspended walk-in service and will be servicing customers by appointment only until further notice. 

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*Appointments include: Short-Term Rentals, Zoning Plan Review & General Inquiries.

*Screenings Required for Access to City Facilities

  • All visitors and employees are required to undergo a screening at the SIB Government Center prior to entering any City facility. Screenings will take place on the first floor of the Government Center parking garage near the west entrance of the Government Center and library book drop. The screening consists of a series of questions and a contactless temperature check. You will receive a wristband upon completing the screening.
  • Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete the screening.  After completing the screening in the parking garage, you will need to check-in and obtain a visitor badge on the first floor inside the Government Center near the elevators. Any visitor that does not check-in will be asked to leave immediately. Learn more at sibfl.net/screenings.

The Planning and Zoning Department is in charge of updating, implementing, and evaluating the planned urban fabric of the City of Sunny Isles Beach. The Department utilizes tools such as comprehensive planning, site planning, and zoning regulations to achieve existing visions and goals, known as Land Development Regulations (LDRs).

The purpose of the LDRs are to implement the Comprehensive Plan for the City by establishing regulations, procedures, and standards for review of all development and uses of land and water in the City. The Comprehensive Plan was established in the year 2000 through a series of visioning sessions with city residents, planning consultant, City Commissioners, and City staff. It is updated every seven years to make certain the vision is still consistent with the views of our citizens as well as proper planning principles. The LDRs are adopted and amended from time to time in order to foster and preserve the public health, safety, comfort, and welfare and to aid in the harmonious, orderly, and progressive development and redevelopment of the City.

The City has endeavored to make the development process efficient, in terms of time and expense; effective, in terms of addressing the natural resource and public facility implications of proposed development; equitable, in terms of consistency with established regulation and procedures, and show respect for the rights of property owners, while at the same time considering the interests and vision of all the citizens of the City.

The Department is responsible to review plans, transfer of development rights (TDRs) applications,  prepare recommendations, advertise zoning public hearings for site plan review, conditional use, variances, zoning changes, and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. A zoning hearing application requires Commission approval, each hearing application must follow the development review schedule.

The Department also reviews required legal documents such as Unity of Title, Covenants, and Agreements. Each application is put to test, as to whether it meets the design standards and complies with all Land Development Regulations. In addition, the Department reviews all building permits submitted to the Building Department, as well as Certificates of Use and Alcohol applications.

View Approved Developments in Sunny Isles Beach.