Planning Department

The City of Key West is one of the world’s most remarkable urban environments. Its historic streetscapes, unique culture, and beautiful environment are a magnet for residents and visitors. Maintaining and improving the fabric of the City is one of the Planning Department’s most important tasks. The Department works with the community to craft policy documents, 10 individuals posing for a photo who work for the City's planning department.such as the adopted Comprehensive Plan, that guide future actions. We also work to create regulations to implement policy directives through the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDRs). On a day-to-day basis, our staff meets with the public to help interpret regulations, explain development approval processes, and discuss specific projects.

Department Functions

  • Maintaining an accounting system of the building permits issued pursuant to the Building Permit Allocation System (BPAS)
  • Maintaining the adopted Comprehensive Plan of the City in accordance with Florida Statutes
  • Maintaining a competent, qualified professional staff through a program of continuous training
  • Maintaining a courteous professional planning and development review process available to the public
  • Maintaining the Future Land Use Map and Official Zoning Map
  • Providing all city planning services to the City
  • Refining the Land Development Regulations to implement the Comprehensive Plan and respond to community needs
  • Staffing the Key West Planning Board
  • Updating Geographic Information System (GIS) data

Meet with a Planner

Make an appointment to meet with a planner on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Boards & Committees

Agendas, minutes and packets for the following boards can be accessed through Legistar:

  • Art in Public Places (AIPP)
  • Development Review Committee (DRC)
  • Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC)
  • Planning Board
  • Tree Commission