Department of Development Support
and Environmental Management

Development Services - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I see the Service Advisor in Development Services prior to submitting a permit application?
    The Service Advisor can provide you with some assurance that the proposed activity you wish to pursue on your property is permissible under the current laws and regulations.  The Service Advisor will check to ensure that the site is properly zoned, that the site is a legal lot of record and that the type, intensity and density of your proposed activity is permissible under the current Leon County Land Development Code (LDC).  Although the Service Advisor will provide you with an informal review, you will need to submit for a formal land use determination prior to proceeding through any of the permit and approval processes at DSEM.
     
  • Can I put a shed anywhere on my property?
    The Leon County Land Development Regulations provide direction on the appropriate location for accessory buildings (or pools).  Certain setbacks must be met and there are criteria in regard to size and location within the yard.  There may also be certain environmental features that need to be taken into consideration when deciding on the placement of an accessory building.  A Service Advisor can assist you with determining the best location for your accessory building or pool.
     
  • What is the zoning on my property and what can I do with it?
    Your zoning will vary based on where you are located in the County.  Your zoning will determine what type of development can occur on your property.  In order to find out your property zoning, please call 606-1300 and ask for the Service Advisor in Development Services.
     
  • Can I sell off some of my land?  If not, why?
    Yes, you can sell all or part of your land.  However, in order to legally transfer the property in a manner where it can be developed, you will need to make sure it is a legal subdivision.  Therefore, prior to selling the property you will need to apply for and receive the appropriate subdivision approval.  For more information on subdividing your property, please contact the Service Advisor in Development Services.
     
  • Can I add another home on my property?
    Maybe.  It depends on whether your zoning allows for additional dwelling units.  For more information, please contact the Service Advisor in Development Services at 606-1300.
     
  • Do I need to subdivide my property to add another home on my lot?
    Maybe.  It depends on several conditions ranging from zoning to size and location of the property.  For more information, please contact the Service Advisor in Development Services at 606-1300.

Contact us

Development Support and Environmental Management
435 N. Macomb Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tel: +1 850 606 1300
Fax: +1 850 606 1301