Important COVID-19 Operational Updates

Sarasota County is dedicated to providing quality services, offering many resources for online service.

The health and safety of our clients and staff is important to us. Consistent with the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Executive Orders of the Governor of the State of Florida to limit public interactions, we are conducting business by using online service options, phone and email.

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Quick References

Note: The Planning and Development Services video above was published in 2017.

The Planning and Development Services Department (PDS) offers a variety of services for our community. From community engagement through the development review process, PDS is dedicated to providing excellent service.

There are five divisions that make up PDS:

  • Building
  • Code Enforcement
  • Environmental Protection
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Property Management

Building is designed to help Sarasota County property owners, building contractors and permit agents with the permitting process.

Code Enforcement regulates the Code of Ordinances for building, environmental, and land development and investigates complaints.

Environmental Protection focuses on air and water quality, environmental permitting, and environmental planning to meet the community expectations for a high-quality environment.

Planning and Zoning focuses on development policies, codes, and neighborhood-level engagement.

Property Management acquires land and interests in land to accommodate projects in both the Capital and Non-Capital Improvement Programs.

Sarasota County has partnered with residents, businesses, and organizations to develop housing policies that balance the economic, environmental, and social needs of the community. These initiatives include the Englewood Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), and housing affordability.

The Englewood CRA is a public agency created to promote improvements and redevelopment in the area.

OHCD is a cooperative effort of the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County government and serves residents throughout Sarasota County, including the cities of Sarasota, Venice, and North Port.