Growth Management Department
The Growth Management Department facilitates well-designed, efficient, healthy, and safely built developments, while ensuring protection of the natural and cultural environment.
Responsibilities include long range planning, environmental planning and education, building permitting, and development review. In coordination with state and federal laws, the Department ensures compliance with all County codes and regulations including the Comprehensive Plan, Florida Building Code, Ponte Vedra Zoning Ordinances, and Land Development Code, as well as maintaining related public records.
The Department is organized into five major Divisions:
- Building Services Division
The Building Services Division issues permits and inspects construction activity in St. Johns County to protect life, health and property. Find information on permitting, inspections, and contractor licensing. Permit Status: To check the status of an application for a building permit, clearance sheet, or development click here.
- Development Review Division
- Development Review Manual
- Application Management
Development Review Committee, Commercial plan review and inspection, Subdivision plan review and inspection, Construction Surety (bonds, letters of credit), As-Built review & inspection, Lot grading drainage complaints. View Pending Applications.
- Clearance Sheets
Requirement for Building Permit, Flood zone determinations, Residential driveway permits, Coastal Building Zone/Coastal Construction Control Line determinations (Click to check Review Status.)
- Code Enforcement
Public Request Inquiry Data Exchange (PRIDE), Special Magistrate, political and advertising signs, junk and abandoned vehicles, mobile sales units, minimum dwelling standards, parking of heavy vehicles in residential areas
- Planning and Zoning
Rezoning, Overlay Districts, Special Use Permits, Sign Permits, Occupational License
- Transportation Development Division
- Development Technical
Technical Division is responsible for the review, construction inspection, and acceptance of all privately-funded development projects.
St. Johns County is responsible for the administration and management of that funding in providing public transportation services throughout the County which includes both fixed route and demand response services.
- Transportation Planning / Concurrency
Transportation Planning efforts include immediate and long term coordination and planning to achieve a balanced transportation system (safe and efficient) for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, including development of the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan and the Traffic Circulation Plan, as well as implementation and management of the Concurrency Management System to maintain adopted levels of service.
- Environmental Division
The Environmental Division has a wide range of responsibilities that include safeguarding of the County’s protected animals, plants and habitats; protecting historic and prehistoric sites; managing County land for mitigation and invasive plant removal; ensuring County facilities comply with state and federal regulations; reviewing proposed new development or construction for required environmental and cultural protections; and protecting St. Johns County’s surface waters through stormwater control.
- Long Range Planning Division
Comprehensive Plan Amendments (Large and Small Scale, Development of Regional Impact) applications, Sector Plans.