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Hours & Location:

PDC is located at 23666 NW 185th Road, and is open Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 5:30pm

“Our mission is to protect the property and lives of the residents and visitors of High Springs, help preserve quality of life and contribute to economic development.”



(386) 454-6222

Planning Services:

Land use planning is an important tool in developing an organized, well-functioning community such as High Springs. Location and design of sites as well as uses and specific site plan constraints are the main areas of interest to citizens with regards to planning. If you are interested in a project involving your home, business, or other property; please contact us we are always interested in helping you achieve your property development goals. For questions regarding land use regulations please visit our Land Development Code page or contact us at (386) 454-7322.

Development Services:

The Department of Planning Development & Community Improvement reviews plans for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. All plans are reviewed for zoning and building code compliance . During the actual construction process the staff provides specific inspections to assure compliance with the requirements of The Florida Building Code 5th Edition,  January 1st 2018 the new 6th Edition of the Florida Building Codes becomes effective.  All construction permitted on or after this date shall be required to comply with this set of new codes.  Fire Codes and the City’s Land Use Regulations.  If you are building a new home; fixing or remodeling your current home; installing new plumbing or heating/air conditioning equipment; starting or relocating a business; moving a structure; building a fence, storage shed, or repairing a sidewalk, PDC has just the permit you need to make sure that your project goes as smoothly as possible.

Any requests for inspections called in by phone must be made prior to 5:30 pm the previous business day. Inspections requested for Monday can be made until 9:00 pm Sunday.

The following are to be considered “counter permits” and can be provided at our office or using our Online Portal; Residential AC change-outs, Water Heaters, Sewer replacement, Residential roof-over or re-roof, Electrical service or panel replacements of 200 amps or less, Electrical repairs, Pool pump replacements, Manufactured sheds and carports. *Proper documentation is required and all permits are considered provisional until approved by the Building Official.

Community Improvement:

The Department of Planning, Development, and Community Improvement  is also responsible for the enforcement of City Ordinances, the Land Development Code, and the High Springs Manual for Development and Design standards. The Code Inspector is available to help ensure a safe healthful, environment consistent with community needs and City Codes, while striving for voluntary compliance as well as public awareness. For assistance please contact our office at (386) 454-7322 our use our Online Portal to file a report.

Business Licenses:

Businesses Licenses, formally known as occupational licenses, are obtained by contacting The Department of Planning, Development, and Community Improvement or at (386) 454-7322.

Building Department 2019-2020 Budget:

To see the budget click here

Historic Preservation:

High Springs is steeped in history and tradition. This history is a vital part of the fabric of the community, and its preservation is an important goal to the citizens of High Springs. The Planning, Development, and Codes Department is dedicated to the preservation of buildings and land marks within the City Limits of High Springs. Before you remodel, change, or build a structure, check with the Department of Planning, Development and Community Improvement, to make sure you are following all necessary historic preservation codes of the city. The city has several districts that are located in the downtown area, which are designated historic. Any alteration to a structure in these districts requires a review by staff, and a Certificate of Appropriateness issued by the High Springs Historic Preservation Plan Board.

 If you have any questions please contact us at (386) 454-7322 we are here to help.



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