Statement of Function
It is the purpose of this department to maintain and implement a comprehensive planning program to guide and control land use, capital improvements, development, re-development, and conservation within Indian River County. The planning process is intended to promote, protect and improve public health, safety, appearance, and general welfare; prevent overcrowding of land and avoid undue concentration of population; provide for public facilities, housing assistance and related services; provide assistance for agricultural and related activities; and conserve, develop, utilize and protect natural resources within the county. The Community Development Department consists of the following divisions: Planning and Development, County Planning, Environmental Planning and Code Enforcement, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP), Building Division, Rental Assistance, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Indian River County Extension Service (Agricultural Extension Service), and Soil & Water Conservation District. As the Administrative component of the Community Development Department, the Planning and Development division coordinates and manages the activities of the divisions within the Community Development Department.
Housing Grant Programs Available
Through the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funding program, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners is providing one-time grants to qualifying non-profit housing providers operating in Indian River County, negatively affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Apply or get more information
Electronic Permit Filing
We urge the public to download e-applications, attach plans electronically in 11" x 17" format (maximum), and submit those applications by email to email@example.com. Please FAX a credit card authorization form for fee payment (Building Department Permits only, FAX number (772)770-5333) or drop off payment at the locked payment drop box during normal lobby hours (8:00am – 5:00pm) to process payment. Some permits, such as Air Conditioner Permits, are available completely on-line. Please visit the Building Division permits and applications page to download permits and for more detailed permit instructions.
2021/2022 Goals and Objectives
Provide effective planning and implementation of services through orderly growth management, setting and monitoring levels of service standards, evaluating public and customer input, and promoting and pursuing a positive economic development environment in order to meet all County comprehensive plan goals.
- Maintain and implement the comprehensive plan.
- Enhance computerization and customer service, and increase productivity in all areas of responsibility.
- Ensure that all department projects and reviews are completed on time.