Development Review and Permits


At A Glance

Each year our staff reviews:

  • 1500 building permits
  • 200 DRC applications
  • 30 SUP & Zoning applications
  • 15 Comp Plan amendments

Visit our Land Development Regulations and Development Trends pages for more information on natural resources protection requirements.

The Natural Resources staff is responsible for reviewing development activities for potential impacts to regulated natural and historic resources in Alachua County. Our goal is to protect natural resources from development activities that would significantly damage the ecological integrity of Alachua County.

To develop property in Alachua County, you must determine that your project complies with all applicable development codes. The following information gives a brief description of the various steps in the review process and the role of the natural resources staff in reviewing applications.

Landuse and Zoning Process - for applications that include comprehensive plan amendments or zoning changes.

Development Review Committee (DRC) Process - for applications that include commercial developments, subdivisions, and certain building permits that affect natural resources such as floodplain or wetlands.

Building Permit Process - for applications by individual property owners - EPD staff reviews all exterior building permit applications for potential impacts to natural resources.

Compliance and Enforcement - for checking compliance with approved plans and seeking corrective action if a violation to the code has been found.