Planning & Environmental Resources

COVID-19 PLANNING UPDATES

The Planning and Environmental Resources Department will now be accepting new applications of all types, as well as corrections to existing application files, via Mail or Drop-off Services.

  • Drop-off Services will be provided through the Building Department Drop Off System at the Marathon (first floor) and Key Largo (main lobby) permitting offices. Please submit all application materials and payment by check in a sealed box or envelope, clearly labeled "PLANNING".
  • Mailed applications should be sent to the mailing address indicated on the application form.
  • We will not process applications immediately upon receipt. Instead, they will be processed after an overnight "waiting period."
  • Planning and Environmental Resources Department Application Forms are available on the County website (www.monroecounty-fl.gov): Home > Government > Departments > Planning & Environmental Resources > Forms & Applications.         

ROGO / NROGO AND ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF
Monroe County adopted a 180-day temporary suspension of the expiration of ROGO and NROGO allocation awards. For those allocation awards for which award letters were issued prior to March 15, 2020, and not already expired, building permits must be issued within 180 days of March 15, 2020 (on or before September 11, 2020), notwithstanding the deadline specific in the award letter.

Monroe County is deferring the issuance of allocation award letters. *Upon issuance of the award letters, applicants will be given 180 days to pick up building permits. Applicants who wish to have their allocation award letters issued at this time, regardless of the deferral, may request their letter by emailing Tiffany Stankiewicz: Stankiewicz-Tiffany@monroecounty-fl.gov

For applicants notified prior to March 15, 2020, of the eligibility to submit administrative relief applications, the deadline is tolled for 180 days from March 15, 2020; applications must be received on or before September 11, 2020, notwithstanding the deadline specified in the notification letter.

Pending Applications submitted to the Department prior to March 15, 2020 will also continue to be processed. Application forms are available on our Forms and Applications webpage: http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/189/Forms-Applications

Mission

The Monroe County Planning and Environmental Resources Department is to foster sustainable, quality development in the county while conserving and promoting stewardship of the county’s fragile environment and the unique character of its diverse island communities.

Responsibilities

The Monroe County Planning & Environmental Resources Department is responsible for the administration of the adopted Monroe County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. The Department processes amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. Additionally, the department reviews development proposals for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations, including environmental compliance. The functions of this department are implemented by the following offices:

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Current Planning
  • Environmental Resources
  • Marine Resources

Projects

The Planning & Environmental Resources Department is currently working on an update to the Comprehensive Plan update and is working with Monroe County communities to prepare Livable Communikeys Master Plan. The Overseas Heritage Trail, scenic highways, and Historic Preservation are additional department projects.