The Long-Range Planning Division is
responsible for developing, evaluating, and maintaining the City´s
Comprehensive Plan, also known as the Sarasota City Plan.
The Sarasota City Plan is a broad policy document
that prescribes how the City will develop in future years. The first
comprehensive plan was developed in 1925 by John Nolen [click
here to view the Nolen Plan]. John Nolen was a well-known urban
planner of his day. Updates to the Comprehensive Plan were produced
in 1960, 1972, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1998, and most recently in 2005.
Beginning in 1979, Comprehensive Plans
were prepared under the guidelines of the State of Florida´s
Local Government Comprehensive Planning Act of 1975. This Act was
amended in 1985 by the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and
Land Development Regulation Act, commonly referred to as the "Growth
Management Act"; and Plans are now prepared under the guidelines
of the "Growth Management Act".
City Plan (2030) [Comprehensive Plan]
On December 1, 2008 the City Commission
adopted Ordinance No. 08-4792,
which revised the Sarasota City Plan 
to the Sarasota City Plan . Support
Documents for each Chapter are included in the Plan, although the
Support Documents are not formally adopted by the City Commission.
For additional information on the Sarasota City Plan
(2030) or citizen involvement in the comprehensive planning
process, call Planning and Development Services staff at (941) 365-2200..
A representation of the table of contents
is provided below and includes separate links to each chapter. These
documents have been converted to Adobe [.pdf] format and require
Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Click here to obtain a free copy of Adobe
Acrobat Reader software.
to the Sarasota City Plan were adopted by the City
Commission in November, 2011. Click here to view only the Updated
Pages [which have been prepared for duplex printing]. The revisions
have been incorporated in the Plan and Support Document Chapters
in the table above.
to the Sarasota City Plan
The Sarasota City Plan
amendment process guidelines and the calendar of events relating
to amendments are located below.
for Seeking Amendments to the Sarasota City Plan
The City processes Comprehensive Plan
Amendments on an annual schedule that begins on the fourth Wednesday
in May when a pre-application conference request form must be submitted.
Once a pre-application conference and a community workshop are held,
an applicant is eligible to file a formal application seeking to
amend the Comprehensive Plan. The required forms are included in
the City´s Development Approval Application Package.
To promote orderly development, every
parcel within the City has a zoning designation that governs its
use. These uses are defined in the City´s Official Zoning
Code [below]. Staff applies Code regulations through a review
of Applications for Development Approval as well as through Building
Permit Applications. Additional zoning staff responsibilities
include Zoning Confirmation Letters, Zoning Interpretation Letters,
Lot Split and Boundary Adjustments, Plat Consolidations, Alcoholic
Beverage Licenses, and assignment of Street Addresses. You
may contact Zoning staff weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at
The City´s Zoning Code is intended
to implement Sarasota´s Comprehensive Plan [or long-range
plan] and related land use plans in a manner that protects the health,
safety and general welfare of the citizens of Sarasota. The boundaries
of the base zones, overlay zones and plan districts are shown on
the official zoning maps of the City [see below].
The City´s Official
is published by the Municipal Code Corporation.
The official zoning code is updated through the quarterly printing
of supplements. Click
to access Ordinances that have been adopted but
that have not been updated in the Municipal Code Corporation´s
web-based version of the City´s Zoning Code.
The unofficial version of the Zoning Code
is maintained by
Planning staff and is updated as Ordinances are adopted.
This version of the Code has been updated through June
There are several types of zoning
regulations that may affect a property. You will need to research
all of these regulations to determine what is allowed on your property.
Base Zones- All properties within the City
of Sarasota have a base zone. There are residential zones, office
zones, commercial zones, industrial zones and mixed use zones.
Overlay Zones- Some properties have overlay
zones that consist of regulations that address specific subjects
in particular areas of the City. For example, the North Trail
Overlay is applied to areas where additional height is allowed
on a case-by-case basis.
Other Zoning Requirements - Some uses and
development types have additional regulations that apply. For
example, school uses or parking lots have additional regulations
Zoning District Maps and Other Reports
Zone District Maps -- Copies
of the Official Zone District [Quarter Section] Maps
Unofficial [citywide] Zone District Maps
-- Unofficial maps are provided
for general reference purposes only.
Zone Districts Map - 2010
Land Use Map 2030 [March 2013]
ERA Economic Analysis of the Downtown Code
2006 ERA Downtown Density Bonus & Attainable Housing Policy
1992 Main Street Revisited - by J. West
Zoning Code Text
The Sarasota City Commission is authorized
to amend the text of the Zoning Code whenever the City Commission
determines the amendment would be in the public interest and would
serve a valid public purpose. To learn more about ZTAs, select
any of the related links below.
ZTA Application Form
The Zoning Text Amendment
for the North Trail Overlay District (NTOD) was approved by the
City Commission on May 6, 2013.
North Trail Overlay District [NTOD]
Alcohol Separation has
been pulled from consideration at this time and will be re-advertised
for public hearing before the City Commission at a later date.
re Alcohol Separation
Items for Non-Conforming
Lots and Cluster Housing have been scheduled for public hearing
before the City Commission June 17, 2013.
re Non-Conforming Lots
The Zoning Text Amendment
for the Laurel Park Overlay District (LPOD) will be heard by the
City Commission July 15, 2013.
Laurel Park Overlay District
Current Planning staff, through review
of new development projects, ensures that the long-range plans of
the City are implemented and that new development adheres to the
City´s codes and regulations. Every new project is different
and City Planners work with developers, architects, engineers, attorneys
and neighborhood representatives to achieve a balanced integration
between new development and the built environment.
Application Forms and Information
The table below contains the forms
and general information needed to apply for development approval
in the City of Sarasota. Printed copies of this package are also
available from the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk. (Please
be sure that you review and complete all pertinent documents prior
to any submittal to the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk.) For
additional information, contact the City Auditor and Clerk´s
Office at (941) 365-2200.
Describes the information
needed to submit an application as well as the City´s
application approval process
Packet of ALL Application
Listing of Fees
Flat Fee Schedule
This form must
be submitted with all application types. Note
that the following pre-application activities and information
may also be requested using this form:
- Pre-Application Conference with the DRC
- Community Workshop
- Transportation Concurrency & Circulation Analysis
reports and other information required for City review
of all Applications [Must be submitted with all application
required for Rezone and Rezone Ordinance Amendment applications
Affidavit for Conditional
[Requirement under Section IV-910(b)(3) of the Zoning Code]
- Conditional Use
disclosure of information and witnesses that may speak at
public hearings as well as a statement by applicant detailing
any special conditions offered for consideration during
approval process [The later must be signed and notarized]
Disclosures - Proffer Form
Description of the
impact to the affordability of housing.
Required if a Power
of Attorney is assigned
of Attorney Affidavit
Application to the
City for status as an "Affected Person"
for Affected Person Status
when applying for an Amendment to the Sarasota City Plan
[Comprehensive Plan Amendment]
Plan Amendment [CPA]
Public Input Sheet
required for Comprehensive Plan Amendment applications
Input Sheet for CPA´s
Application to change
an existing Street Name
Name Change Form
Application to establish
a Pet-Free Area within a City Park
Application to establish
a Provisional Use/Sidewalk Café Permit
Application to determine
Impact Analysis Application
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application
to designate a high density, high intensity mixed-use area
as a Regional Activity Center [RAC].
Application for Tax Increment
Financing [TIF] funds from the CRA's Community Redevelopment
Trust Fund to provide financial assistance, either as debt
service or as periodic payments, to Redevelopment Projects.
Review Meeting Schedule
2013 Meeting Dates & Submission Deadlines
Found in General Information Packet
Development Review Committee
This group, composed of City Staff
from various Divisions, meets on the first and third Wednesday of
every month to coordinate and analyze requests for development approval,
such as rezonings and site plans. Meetings typically begin
at 9:00 a.m. and are held in Room 112 at City Hall. To view meeting
agendas, staff comment memoranda, and to access audio recordings
of meetings, select "Video on Demand" from the
City´s Main Web Page. The DRC Meeting Schedule and Application
Submission Deadlines are provided here:
2013 DRC Meeting Schedule and Agenda Deadlines
Application Status Report
(Note: Development Review Committee
meetings are open to the public. However, participation is limited
to committee members, unless a committee member requests information
of an applicant (Reference: Zoning Code, Section III-603). Opportunities
for citizen comment on proposed developments are provided through
the Community Workshops, by scheduling appointments with individual
City Staff, or by speaking or submitting written comments at public
hearings before the Planning Board or City Commission.)
The Planning Board / Local Planning
Agency holds public hearings and makes recommendations to the City
Commission on a variety of development applications and related
- Proposed amendments to the Sarasota
City Plan (2030) and the Sarasota Zoning Code (2002 Ed.);
- Ordinances and regulations governing
development of land in the City;
- Whether proposed development conforms
to the principles and requirements of the Sarasota City
Planning Board members are volunteers
appointed by the City Commission to serve three-year terms. Members
of the Planning Board are required to be City residents who do not
hold any public position or office in City Government. Refer
to the City´s Main Web Page and select "Video on
Demand " to view Planning Board Agendas, Staff Reports,
Meeting Videos, and Minutes. A schedule of Planning Board Meetings
is provided here. To Contact Board Members click e-mail address
Planning Board Meeting Schedule
Planning Board Members
Your Board Members
of Adjustment - Variance Application
The Board of Adjustment has the authority
to decide appeals of any written determination or interpretation
of the Zoning Code by Director of Neighborhood and Development Services
and to grant variances from the regulations of the Zoning Code if
they have resulted in an unnecessary or undue hardship. The Board
of Adjustment consists of 5 members who are volunteers appointed
by the City Commission to serve three-year terms. Members of the
Board are required to be City residents who do not hold any public
position or office in City Government. Generally, the Board meets
on the last Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. A schedule
of meetings is provided in the application form presented below.
Variance Application and Information
Board of Adjustment Members
& Permitting Information and Forms
Florida Building Code Significant Changes
2010 Florida Building Code Wind Map
This group reviews building plans
and provides accurate technical inspection. They ensure that
every building project in the City conforms to the appropriate codes
Also note that in 2002, the Florida
Legislature passed House Bill 1307 which allows the use of Private
Providers for building plans examination and inspections.
Please check this link for important information about the use of
Private Providers in the City
of Sarasota; and if you wish to use Private Providers, fill out
these Private Provider
Forms and Affidavit. Submit the completed forms to the City's
The following links will assist you
in filing for a Building Permit:
When a Building Permit Is Needed
Building Permit Application Requirements
& Engineering Permit Application
Building Permit Status by Application or Permit Number
1, 2007 to Present
1, 2006 to September 30, 2007
1, 2005 to September 30, 2006
1, 2002 to September 30, 2005
1, 2000 to September 30, 2002
1, 1997 to September 39, 2000
Inquire about Building Permit Status by Site
1, 2007 to Present
1, 2006 to September 30, 2007
1, 2005 to September 30, 2006
1, 2002 to September 30, 2005
1, 2000 to September 30, 2002
1, 1997 to September 39, 2000
Not enter AV, ST, LN,
DR, etc. Do Use
initial only to indicate N S E W]
to Sarasota County Current Impact Fees
Here to provide your comments about our service,
and e-mail your comments to Paula.Mello@sarasotagov.com.
Your Neighborhood Association may require compliance with their
Rules and Regulations governing construction on your property. Please
check with your Association officials prior to applying for a Building
Permit and be sure that the form below is submitted with your Building
OF AWARENESS OF HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION REGULATIONS - Bird Key
To view or print the documents listed
below, download a free copy of Adobe
Acrobat Reader software.
POOLS & DOCKS
The City of Sarasota no longer requires
STATE REGISTERED or STATE CERTIFIED Contractors to register with
the City of Sarasota. Contractors may obtain permits by appearing
in person and presenting credentials each time a permit application
is submitted. [Proper credentials include: certification or registration,
proof of insurance and Worker´s Compensation Insurance, letter
of reciprocity for State Registered Contractors]. However,
contractors may voluntarily register with the City. Registering
allows use of authorized agents and obtaining permits without presenting
credentials in person for each permit. Contractors will be allowed
to keep qualifications and insurance on file with the City throughout
the year. Note that the signature on the Contractor´s
Affidavit must be SWORN AND NOTORIZED. For convenience, City Staff
includes a notary public. An original application form may
NOT be faxed and must be mailed to the City of Sarasota Building
Dept., 1565 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 or brought in
person to the Building Department in City Hall at 1565 First Street.
The fee for this service is $50.00 every 2 years. Contractors must
renew their registration by October 1st every two years.
SPECIALTY TRADESPERSONS [anyone who
performs work under contract within the City of Sarasota and whose
trade or craft is not certified or registered by the State of Florida]
are required to register prior to pulling a permit or performing
work. This primarily affects landscape contractors, tree removal
services, painters, drywall contractors, framing contractors and
other skilled craftsmen and craftswomen whose trade is not registered
with the State. Specialty Tradespersons must provide proof
of liability insurance [$50,000 per person/$100,000 per occurrence],
proof of Worker´s Compensation Insurance [or an exemption
by the State of Florida Waiver Form BCM 204]. If you have
taken a local examination and have received a competency card from
your jurisdiction, please provide a copy of that card. Registering
as a Specialty Tradesperson provides the ability to use authorized
agents as discussed above. The registration fee is $150.00
every 2 years. Specialty Tradespersons must renew their registration
by October 1st every two years.
NOTE that Contractors and Specialty
Tradespersons are subject to Local Business Tax Receipt if their
business is operated from a location within the City of Sarasota
City Limits. For most Contractors/Specialty Tradespersons,
the cost is approximately $50.00 annually depending on your business
location and classification. For more information, see below.
& Fire Board of Rules and Appeals
The Board of Rules and Appeals was
established to hear appeals, to approve alternative standards to
various model building codes, to certify contractors, to hear and
decide whether or not to suspend or revoke a contractor certificate
of competency, to deny issuance or renewal of certificates, to impose
fines, or to deny the issuance of building permits for cause.
The Board consists of 9 members each
possessing the specific technical and professional skills necessary
to accomplish the work of the board. Meetings are generally
held once per Quarter in the Building Department Conference Room.
Board of Rules and Appeals Guidelines
List of Members
Tax Receipt [Occupational Licensing]
All entities doing business in the
City of Sarasota must obtain a City Local Business Tax Receipt each
year. This is in addition to any tax required by Sarasota
County or any other municipal, state or federal agency. A Local
Business Tax Receipt is easy to obtain. Simply fill out the
Local Business Tax Receipt Application and submit it. In most
cases, the only additional documentation required is the county,
state or federal license(s) required to conduct your occupation.
Most businesses need to contact LBTR staff at 941-365-2200 to establish
the coding for the type of business and to calculate the tax amount.
If the proposed business location
is in a residential zone, use the Home-Based Occupation Application.
Food Vendors should use the Peddler/Vendor Local
Business Tax Receipt Application.
All other businesses should use the Local
Business Tax Receipt Application. Provided here are answers
to the most Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs ].
Retail Establishments will
need to supply an estimated inventory value. A retailer moving
to the City should use the average monthly stock on hand for the
past 3 years [or if the business is less than 3 years old, use the
average stock on hand during the period the business has existed]
and adjust for the size of your new location. If this will
be a new retail business, use the estimated or actual value of the
stock purchased to open business.
NOTE that effective November 1, 2007
[per Sarasota County Ordinance 2007-053 and City of Sarasota Resolution
07R-1973], all Commercial and Institutional Fertilizer Applicators
must present a Certificate of Completion from a Sarasota County
approved "Best Management Practices" training program
when applying for or renewing a Local Business Tax Receipt.
Golf courses are exempt.
Through fair and thorough enforcement
of local codes and standards, this group helps facilitate an attractive,
clean, and aesthetically pleasing city. They work to keep
the City of Sarasota the best small city in the country. They
investigate complaints quickly and thoroughly and police neighborhoods
and commercial areas alike.
Click here to read or print a brochure
detailing the Citizen´s
Guide to Code Compliance. This valuable brochure outlines some
of the most common code compliance complaints and what your neighbors
in the City of Sarasota expect of you. (This
brochure requires Adobe Acrobat Reader; download a free copy of Adobe
Acrobat Reader software.)
Submit a New Complaint or Check
Status of Existing Complaints entered after 1/02/2008.
Code Compliance staff at  365-2200, Ext.4125.
The City of Sarasota has adopted a
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ORDINANCE, and generally, large or heavy equipment
cannot be parked or stored in residential zones at all [except when
in active use]. There are also specific limits on signage,
weight, length and height of commercial motor vehicles and trailers
parked in residential zones. Several examples are listed below.
Contact the City of Sarasota Code Compliance Inspectors for more
information at  365-2200.
Vehicles Prohibited from Parking in Residential
over 7,200 lbs.
of weight, semi-trucks, dump trucks, bucket trucks, wreckers,
tow trucks, trucks with stake beds and vehicles more than 8 ft.
loaders, bulldozers, bobcats, ditch diggers except when construction
equipment is parked during the tenure of construction
The Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory
Board [CRA Advisory Board] is the primary source of community input
to the CRA. The Board´s functions are advisory in nature
and provide assistance with public input concerning the Downtown
Sarasota redevelopment planning process. The Board also reviews
projects initiating redevelopment within the CRA area that apply
for the use of Tax Increment Financing [TIF] to support development
of the project. Board meetings are generally held quarterly
on the last Thursday of the month beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the
Commission Chambers at City Hall. Refer to the City´s
Main Web Page and select "Vidoe on Demand" to
view CRAAB Agendas, Meeting Videos, and Minutes. Contact Redevelopment
Staff at  365-2200 for additional information. Applications
for TIF Funding may be found in the City´s Application Package
on Page 3 above. Current redevelopment projects include:
Downtown CRA Advisory Board Meeting Schedule & Submission Deadlines
Park Master Plan
ENGINEERING DESIGN CRITERIA MANUAL [EDCM] -
Design Criteria Manual [EDCM]
is actively in the revision process
for approximately the next 12-18 months. [May 2010 - November 2011].
time the NDS Engineering Division will be collecting recommendations
to sections of the EDCM. Please complete the information on the
form below as applicable.
Thank you for your assistance in this process.
- EDCM Recommendations
Transportation Engineering staff regulates
the public Rights-of-Way within the City of Sarasota. Public Right-of-Way
refers to the area of land dedicated for public use, located between
parcels of privately owned land. These include streets, alleys,
parkways, sidewalks, drainage facilities, and other infrastructure.
The Right-of-Way is typically dedicated for pedestrian and vehicular
movement but can be used for other purposes such as the placement
of landscaping, signage, public art, lighting and the placement
of private and public utility equipment, both above and below ground.
A Right-of-Way permit or Encroachment Agreement issued from the
City is required in order to construct or place structures or objects
in, or otherwise blocking access to, the public Right-of-Way. Click
Here to view our
Brochure of additional information and fees. The Transportation
Engineering Division is located on the second floor of the City
Hall Annex Bldg. and permitting hours are10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Click below for Right-of-Way
Permit forms and information.
RIGHT-OF-WAY USE PERMIT APPLICATION
& ENGINEERING PERMIT APPLICATION
OF TRAFFIC FORM and PUBLIC NOTICE OF R-O-W CLOSURE
PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION
EVENT VALET APPLICATION
Erosion Siltation Sample
Family with Parking Only
Family with Parking Only 
with Existing Condition
COST ESTIMATE APPLICATION
DEVICE TECHNICAL SHEET
PREVENTION ASSEMBLY TEST REPORT
METER SIZE DETERMINATION FORM
& SEWER IMPACT and CONNECTION FEES
RESOLUTION AND FEE SCHEDULE
CAFE PERMIT [NEW or RENEWAL] FORM
COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING FOR TRANSPORTATION
Transportation Planning is responsible
for developing, evaluating and maintaining the Transportation Chapter
of the Sarasota City Plan, a/k/a the Comprehensive
Plan. The Comprehensive Plan includes adopted Level of Service
designations for roadways within the City which range from "A",
indicating little or no delay, to "F", indicating consistent
or continuing delay. Whatever the adopted Level of Service,
transportation planning is charged with ensuring that the City (including
the required financial assistance of new development) is able to
pay for the transportation facilities needed to maintain the designated
level of service.
The Sarasota City Plan
contains maps of the current status of transportation Some
of the maps are:
TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM
Annually, all Florida cities adopt
a Capital Improvements Program [CIP] identifying infrastructure
projects and funding for them for the next five years. The
projects are identified for inclusion in the CIP to help the City
maintain its adopted levels of service. Road projects, roundabouts,
intersection improvements and bicycle/pedestrian projects are examples
of transportation improvements that might be included in the Capital
Concurrency is a requirement of Florida
Statutes for new developments which must have adequate infrastructure
in place --“concurrently” -- or at the same time as
the new development is constructed. Subsequent legislation
allowed infrastructure to be constructed or in place within three
years of the issuance of the first building permit for the project.
Concurrency regulations apply to all infrastructures: potable water,
sewer and transportation.
In accordance with Florida Statutes,
developments are considered to have de minimis traffic
impact, or having no traffic impact, if new trips generated by the
development are less than 1% of the capacity of the adjacent roadway.
Single family homes are, by Florida law, always considered to have
no impact. Also, a piece of property can receive credit
for existing trips. When a proposed development or use is
NOT found to be de minimis, a complete Transportation Concurrency
and Traffic Circulation Study is required. These studies are
conducted according to the adopted regulations in Appendix A
of the City Zoning Code.
A Traffic Determination Application
for new development can be found in the City's Development Application
materials on Page 3 above.
METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
The Metropolitan Planning Organization
consists of elected officials from Sarasota and Manatee Counties
and all their local cities and towns. The MPO makes decisions
regarding the distribution and allocation of federal and state funds
for transportation improvements. Funds administered by the
MPO include the Major Project Funds, Congestion Management System
Funds (CMS), and Transportation Enhancement Grants (TE.) The
City annually submits a list of transportation projects for review
and ranking by the MPO. The ranking determines which City
projects will receive funding through the Florida Department of
Transportation District 1 Work Program.
COORDINATION WITH SCAT
Transportation Planning works closely
with Sarasota County Area Transit. Projects include a decorative
bus bench program, location of bus benches and bus shelters within
the City limits, and transit infrastructure requirements for new
development. The City is also working to support SCAT’s
grant application for Bus Rapid Transit. The proposed BRT
line will run from Sarasota Bradenton Airport to Bee Ridge Road
entirely within the City limits.
INTERGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION WITH SARASOTA
City Transportation Planning works
closely with the Transportation Planning Division of the Sarasota
County Public Works Business Center. Traffic Impact Studies
that are completed for developments adjacent to County roadways
must meet both City and County Standards for Review. In addition,
improvements that may impact County-maintained roadways located
within the City Limits are always reviewed with County staff.
Sarasota County maintains a traffic count program that includes
many City streets.
NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING
Transportation Planning provides traffic
calming services to the City’s neighborhoods. Since
1992, the City has provided traffic calming planning, design and
construction on an area-wide basis on a first-come, first-served
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - District
Transportation Planning works closely
with the Florida Department of Transportation District 1 located
in Bartow, Florida. FDOT permits all access to state roadways
within the City limits including US 41, US 301, Fruitville Road,
John Ringling Causeway and several other roadways.
citizen participation yields better long-term solutions for neighborhood
Goal and Mission
It shall be the Goal of the City to
achieve healthy and livable neighborhoods by:
Maximizing opportunities for all citizens
to have meaningful involvement in the decisions that affect
Maximizing compatibility between residential
and non-residential uses;
Ensuring neighborhood safety and quality
Developing safe, aesthetically pleasing and
efficient transportation networks;
Preserving, protecting and enhancing neighborhood
aesthetics, identity, and natural and historic resources; and,
Embracing an Asset-Based Community Development
(ABCD) philosophy by focusing on the capacities and assets of
associations and citizens.
The Mission of City Neighborhood Services
is to sustain and advance the physical, social and economic health
of neighborhoods, promote community involvement, and support neighborhood
self-reliance through asset-based community development.
Below are typical characteristics of active City neighborhood associations:
- Meet regularly.
- Have recognized leadership.
- Communicate with residents.
- Communicate with government.
- Take formal action to officially represent.
- Have articles of association/incorporation.
- Have delineated neighborhood boundaries.
- On record with Neighborhood and Development Services.
If your neighborhood is not within
an existing neighborhood association and is interested in organizing
a new Neighborhood Association, take the first step and download
and fill out the form provided here:
Contact Information Form
of City Neighborhood Associations
Neighborhood Association Links
Prior to the City receiving a development
application, for example a rezone, major/minor conditional use,
street/right-of-way vacation, or comprehensive plan amendment, the
applicant is required to hold a Community Workshop informing stakeholders
[residents or businesses located within 500 feet] of the development
proposal. Community Workshops provide a forum for constructive
dialogue between citizens and developers. Engaging the public early
in the development process often times reduces the number of issues
that can arise during the public hearing process. Community
Workshop Applications can be found with the Development
Application material above.
Calendar - Community Workshops
The City's Land Development Regulations - Brochure
Neighborhood Action Strategy
The Neighborhood Action Strategy (NAS)
process is a comprehensive and participatory effort to develop an
action plan for the neighborhood by the neighborhood, with assistance
from the City. The effort is comprehensive because it deals with
all aspects and elements of the neighborhood and because it consults
with all the stakeholders in the community, including property owners,
renters, and businesses.
The City established the Neighborhood
Action Strategy process in 1999 as a programmatic approach to revitalizing
and investing in neighborhoods affected by blight or potential blight.
Those investments range from capital improvement projects to focusing
City staff resources on a specific neighborhood issue or concern.
NAS plans have been adopted for eight City neighborhoods: Park East,
Gillespie Park, Rosemary District, Bayou Oaks, Central Cocoanut,
Arlington Park, Alta Vista and Poinsettia Park. Staff actively manages
the implementation of action items from these NAS´s and tracks
their progress while providing results to service users and providers.
There are a total of 646 individual action items for the eight NAS
In FY 07-08, the City Commission approved
the transformation of the Neighborhood Action Strategy program to
the Neighborhood Asset Strategy program. A planning program scheduled
to be open to all neighborhoods within the City, the revised NAS
process centers around an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
philosophy focusing on strengths of a neighborhood, rather than
The objective is to work with residents
to identify and evaluate strengths and capacities within a neighborhood
area and match the resident-identified assets to a community need.
The “inside-out” approach ABCD employs invites residents
to become increasingly engaged and mobilizes them to take ownership
of their neighborhood and its future Citizens become the producers
of neighborhood well-being.
Click Here to View Eight Adopted Neighborhood Action Strategies
Neighborhood Grant Program
The intent of the Neighborhood Partnership
Grant Program is to assist and strengthen the City of Sarasota neighborhood
associations and improve the quality of life within City neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Partnership Grants are offered twice per fiscal year
Fall and Spring. During each cycle, the City Commission votes
to approve Neighborhood Grant applications based on recommendations
from the Grant Review Committee. Applications are ranked and
given a maximum of 100 points as follows:
Description [20 Points]: How well the application describes
the project and its goals.
Demonstration of Community Need [ 20 Points]: How well
the application explains a community need and whether the project
addresses said community need.
Evidence of Community/Association Strengthening [20 Points]:
Whether the project has the potential to strengthen the Association
Community Support [20 Points]: Whether there is community
consensus for the project as well as resident involvement in
implementation of the project.
Appropriate Proposed Budget and Funding Source [20 Points]:
Whether the budget revenues an dexpenses are clear and justifiable
and whether the funding source is appropriate.
Past Neighborhood Partnership Grants
have funded the following types of initiatives: Newsletters, Crime
Watch, Public Landscape Improvements, Neighborhood Entry Signage,
Website Development, Meeting Signs, Membership Drives, Safety Programs,
T-Shirts, Special Events and more. Neighborhood Associations are
eligible to receive one Neighborhood Partnership Grant per fiscal
The next grant application deadline
will be in September,
with grant applications available this summer.
A Community Building grant is also offered
for neighborhood associations to support community gatherings, celebrations
or special events. Such events have the ability to increase
neighborhood pride and deepen a sense of community. A sample
of eligible funding projects includes: supplies, entertainment,
printing, food and provisions (excluding alcohol and tobacco products),
and permitting fees in conjunction with neighborhood festivals/celebrations.
Neighborhood Associations are eligible to receive one Community
Building grant per fiscal year. There is no application deadline
for this ongoing program.
Building Grant Application 2012-13 [Electronic
The Citizens Academy is a unique opportunity designed
to offer citizens the chance to learn more about their City government
and gain insight into how the City works through a series of hands-on,
interactive sessions concluding with a Graduation ceremony. The
curriculum offers a wide range of sessions featuring the inner workings
of City Departments. Some topics include a discussion with
the City's Charter Officials and Commissioners, the ins and outs
of Neighborhood and Development Services, Public Works operations,
community protection, and a back stage tour of the Van Wezel.
Citizens will take a trolley tour of downtown, view police functions,
visit sports facilities, enjoy an evening at our entertainment hall,
and much more.
Academy sessions are held at various
locations in the City according to the schedule. Each course
is limited to 25 participants and applications are typically selected
on a first-come, first served basis. There is no fee to attend the
Citizens Academy. Workshop binders, identification badges,
and shirts will be provided to participants. If you reside or own
a business in the City, you are invited to apply for the Citizens
Academy by downloading the application below. Please note
that the application consists of three  sections: the Citizens
Academy application form, the SPD Citizen Ride-Along application
and the SPD Release and Waiver.
Applicants must be 18
years of age, live and/or own a business in the City, and have no
felony convictions or outstanding warrants. A valid driver's
license is required. All applicants are subject to a background
Neighborhood Sign Identification
In 2005, the City Commission established
the City neighborhood signs design standards identified in the link
below. Neighborhood identification signs must adhere to these design
standards when City funds are utilized as payment for the signs.
Neighborhood Services also provides several ongoing
programs to City residents, including:
a Good Neighbor
HERE to Report Graffitti
City Contact Numbers
"It shall be the goal
of the City of Sarasota to identify, document, protect, preserve,
and enhance all cultural, historic, architectural, archaeological
resources of the City."
Application for Historic Designation
In general, properties considered
for historic designation should be more than 50 years old, although
the City has encouraged designation of architecturally significant
structures associated with the Sarasota School of Architecture that
are younger than 50 years old. Buildings, sites and structures
are considered eligible for local historic designation when it can
be demonstrated that the specific criteria in Zoning Code Section
IV, Division 8 have been met. The Historic Designation of
a property is achieved after public hearings before the Historic
Preservation Board and the City Commission and approval of an ordinance
that historically designates the property in question. The
Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is then authorized to pay for
the installation of an official 8 x 8 bronze plaque to identify
designated historic structures.
Historically Designated Properties
of Historic Places
Master Site File Properties within the City of Sarasota [in
Adobe .pdf format]
Reference books are available at the
County History Center Library, 6062 Porter Way, (941) 861-5000.
Research hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. Also, sample designation reports are available in the
Neighborhood and Development Services Department located on the
3rd Floor of the City Hall Annex Building at 1565 First
Street. The City maintains a listing of approximately 180
locally designated buildings.
Designation Application and Information
Meeting & Submission Schedule
To encourage the preservation of significant
historical resources, historic designation entitles an owner to
a variety of programs. These include incentives to promote sensitive
historical rehabilitation by offering some relief from building
and zoning code regulations. Also a County ad-valorem
tax exemption is offered for qualifying improvements to historic
structures. More information on the benefits of local historic designation
is available from the City Department of Neighborhood and Development
Services. For additional information contact Dr. Clifford
Smith, Senior Planner-Historic Preservation, at  365-2200,
Of Appropriateness Applications
Making changes to a locally designated
structure requires a Certificate of Appropriateness [COA] application,
and changes are subject to Secretary of Interior Standards.
The COA application is submitted through the Office of the City
Auditor and Clerk, is reviewed by staff, and is scheduled for a
hearing before the Historic Preservation Board. The application
should include clear building plans and other relevant information.
The Board has a deadline for submission of materials for presentations
and applications, and the schedule is presented below. Note:
Refer to the City´s Main Web Page and select "Video
on Demand" to view previous Historic Preservation Board
Agendas, Staff Reports, Audios of Meetings, and Minutes.
of Appropriateness [COA] Applications
Forms to make exterior changes to LOCALLY
DESIGNATED structures. (Whenever filing a building permit.)
Forms to relocate a LOCALLY DESIGNATED
structure to a new location.
Forms to request the demolition of
a LOCALLY DESIGNATED structure.
Demolition Application - Structures
Listed on the Florida Master Site File [FMSF]
The State of Florida maintains a comprehensive
statewide list of locations and structures that are of historical
and archeological interest. That list is called the Florida
Master Site File [FMSF], and the structures listed on FMSF may be
eligible for national or local historic designation.
When an application for demolition
of a structure listed on FMSF is submitted, an historic review will
be conducted to determine if the structure is a contributing building
to a historic district, eligible for local or national designation
or if there are any viable alternatives to the demolition of the
structure. The review will include an evaluation prescribing what
measures are required to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the adverse
effect on the historic resource.
Any FMSF structure found to be non-contributing
or not eligible for either local or national designation may be
issued a demolition permit by the Director of Neighborhood and Development
FMSF structures that are eligible
for National Register designation, designation by the City, or as
a contributing building to a historic district will not be issued
a demolition permit until the Historic Preservation Board finds
appropriate mitigation measures have been undertaken. Contact
Dr. Clifford Smith, Senior Planner-Historic Preservation, at 
365-2200, ext. 4361 for additional information.
for Demolition of an FMSF Structure
Public Art Program
The City's Public Art Program facilitates
the creation and exhibition of a wide variety of publically and
privately initiated art works through commissions, acquisitions,
donations, loans governed by Zoning Code requirements for new development
in the downtown. Provided below are policies, requirements,
applications, Public Art Committee Members and meeting schedule.
Art Requirements Information Package and Application
Meeting Dates and Submission Schedule
Public Art Collection
For more information about the City´s
Public Art Program, please contact Dr. Clifford Smith, Senior Planner,
at (941) 365-2200, ext. 4361.