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Neighborhood and Development Services

The Department of Neighborhood and Development Services is comprised of the Divisions listed below. Our collective mission is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens by enforcing building, zoning, housing and other City codes. The Department works with communities and public agencies alike to preserve and shape a safe, vital, and well planned urban environment.

Neighborhoods, Redevelopment and Special Projects Division provides services in the areas of; Downtown Redevelopment; Historic Preservation, Neighborhoods, Public Art and Traffic/Transportation Planning.

North Sarasota/Newtown Redevelopment Division works with the community to manage redevelopment opportunities, and provide assistance with economic revitalization in this Enterprise Zone.

Office of Housing & Community Development Division is a cooperative effort of the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County governments and serves residents throughout Sarasota County including the cities of Sarasota, Venice, and North Port.

Planning, Development and Zoning Division provides services in the area of; Building Permits, Code Compliance, Local Business Tax Receipt, Planning and Zoning.

Transportation Engineering Division regulates the public Rights-of-Way within the City of Sarasota to provide safe access for pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle traffic as well as coordinates placement of underground and overhead utilities. Public rights-of-way include streets, alleys, parkways, sidewalks, medians, curbs and gutters and drainage facilities. Street and sidewalk closures, construction activities and utility work affecting public rights-of-way require a permit and are scheduled in order to minimize interruptions to the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This Division also regulates Valet Parking programs within the City and issues valet permits.


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