Planning & Zoning


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City facilities have been closed, and City services are limited due to limited staff. At this time, the City will accept Preliminary Advisory Review (PAR) applications, but is unable to accept any other new Planning and Zoning applications (including, without limitation, Compliance and Public Works Review). However, City staff is currently formulating procedures that would allow the City to accept such applications, and further information will be provided when such procedures are finalized.

With respect to currently active applications, the City will accept resubmittals made prior to the resubmittal deadline. However, applicants should be on notice that due to limited staff and resources, application processing is likely to take longer than usual.

ADA COMPLIANCE: In an effort to ensure that the City’s website is accessible to everyone, including those who use assistive devices, all documents and forms are being reviewed and updated to meet accessibility standards. More information is available on the Website Renovation page. If you are unable to locate the documents you need, please either fill out a Public Records Request form or call the Development Service’s Office at 561-393-7789.

Goals & Responsibilities

The goal of the Planning and Zoning Division is to provide for the coordinated development of the City of Boca Raton. Specific activities of the division include but are not limited to the following:
  • Review development plans and prepare recommendations for presentation to the Planning and Zoning Board, Community Redevelopment Agency, Environmental Advisory Board, City Council, Historic Preservation, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Community Appearance Board.
  • Plan for growth, change and enhancement of the City through special plans and studies.
  • Recommend and prepare amendments to the City Code pertaining to planning and zoning. 
  • Review amendments to the adopted Comprehensive Plan and prepare recommendations.
  • Implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Review permits and Business Tax Receipts for compliance with the City’s zoning regulations.
  • Review permits for compliance with the City’s environmental regulations.
  • Prepare maps and graphics for presentation to other Departments, advisory boards and the City Council.
  • Manage the city’s land records and associated databases.
  • Assist in the acquisition and disposal of real property, easements, rights-of-way and rights-of-entry.
  • Provide information on land records and related matters to the public