Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a copy of the Village's Master Plan?

You can view the Master Plan as a PDF document at the Village website, www.keybiscayne.fl.gov. Under Departments & Services on the main menu, select  Document Center and then click on Master Plan. Copies are also available at the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department located in Suite 250 of Village Hall.

What do I need to have a Special Event in the Village?

Please fill out a Special Event Permit Application, which may be obtained from the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department in Suite 250, Village Hall. The application also can be downloaded from the Document Center at the Village website.

Please be aware that Special Event Permits must be filed no less than twenty (20) days before the event. You are required to bring a completed application and applicable information (diagram of event, specifications, insurance certificate), with you to initiate the permit process. Drop off the completed forms at the Building Permit Desk in Suite 250 of Village Hall. If you have any further questions or concerns, please call the BZPPW at (305) 365-5502.

What is the EAR or Evaluation and Appraisal Report?

The Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) is a periodic analysis of the goals, objectives, and policies set forth in the Village's Master Plan required by State law.

You can view the Master Plan as a PDF document at the Village website, www.keybiscayne.fl.gov. Under Departments & Services on the main menu, select  Document Center and then click on Master Plan. Copies are also available at the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department located in Suite 250 of Village Hall.

How much will my permit cost?

Permit cost is a function of the construction cost or area of new construction (value or volume of the work) or a combination of both. The minimum cost for a building permit is $106.00 plus additional fees if required. If only cost is involved (no new area being added), the basic permit fee is $106.00. Additional cost, if any, is determined at the moment of application or issuance. If the area of construction is new or is a significant addition, the fee is $106.00 plus additional costs based the square footage and volume.  For combined additions and remodeling, the cost of the addition must be separated from the total cost. If this is not done at time of application, the fee will be based on the total cost as estimated by Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department officials.

What is the 2020 Vision Plan?

The Village Council established the 2020 Vision Committee to prepare a plan which summarizes the Village's vision of its preferred future, and the initiatives and projects required to implement the vision. The 2020 Vision Plan that was submitted to Village Council in May 2006. You can view the 2020 Vision Plan at the Village website, www.keybiscayne.fl.gov. Go to document center.

If you would like additional information, contact staff at the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department at (305) 365-8908.

What is the Golf Cart Plan?

The Village Council established the Golf Cart Committee to prepare a plan to encourage golf cart, bicycle, and pedestrian access to shopping centers along Crandon Boulevard from Fernwood Road. The Committee submitted the Golf Cart Plan to the Village Council and it was adopted in 2010.

You can view at the Golf Cart Plan at the Village website, www.keybiscayne.fl.gov. Go to document center. If you would like additional information, contact staff at the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department at (305) 365-8908.

I would like to file a formal complaint about my contractor. How can I do this?

If the contractor is state-certified, then a complaint can be filed at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website (https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp). Select the File a Complaint item from the left-side menu.

If the contractor is county-certified, then the complaint can be filed at the Miami-Dade County's "File Contractor Complaints" webpage (http://www.miamidade.gov/development/contractors-complaint.asp).

I would like to file a complaint about my neighbor doing work. Can I do this without giving my name?

Yes. We will not record your name or telephone number if you call the Code Enforcement Division at (305) 365-8917 and request anonymity.

I am doing a remodeling inside my house/apartment. What do I need to bring to the Department to get a permit?

For major jobs or projects, you need to bring architectural or engineering plans that fully describe the work to be done. They must be signed and sealed by a Florida Licensed architect or engineer. For small jobs, a sketch by the homeowner or contractor will be allowed; the determination of what is a small job vs. major job will be made by Village officials. However, if plumbing, mechanical or electrical work is involved, your subcontractors must submit plans that fully describe the work they will be performing and affix their name, stamp and license number to the drawings. Any plans presented to us must bear the name and contact information of the person who prepared them.

How do I make a code violation complaint for the trades (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical)?

To make a complaint, please call Code Enforcement Division staff at (305) 365-8917 or send an email to code-enforcement@keybiscayne.fl.gov

What are the Special Magistrates?

The Board of Special Magistrates consists of five (5) individuals who are appointed by the Mayor and Council to hear appeals regarding code enforcement matters. If you would like additional information, please call (305) 365-8917.

How do I get a local business tax receipt? How much does it cost?

Before signing a lease for a space or purchasing property in the Village, check with the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department (BZPPW) to make sure that the proposed business or occupation is allowed at the address. The contact person is:

 

William Fehr
Email: wfehr@keybiscayne.fl.gov
Tel: 305-365-5502

 

If the requirements are met, you will be able to apply in person for a Local Business / Professional Tax Receipt and a Certificate of Use from the Village. Application forms are available at our web site www.keybiscayne.fl.gov. Make sure you have originals and copies of the following documents:

  • By-Laws/Articles of the Company
  • Fictitious Name
  • Federal Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Lease

If you are applying as a professional you will only need a copy of your State License.

Certain businesses, such as restaurants or beauty salons/ spas, require additional documentation (details available at our website).

New business applicants must provide evidence of approval by the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management.

Applications for new businesses are handled on a case-by-case basis. Fees can be paid via check, money order or cash deposit in the Village account at Suntrust Bank (bring the receipt with your application).

The person to whom to submit applications and contact with any questions is:


Graciela Miguel
Email: gmiguel@keybiscayne.fl.gov
Tel: 305-365-7563

How and where can I obtain a Building Permit?

Pick up a blank Permit Application Form at the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department (Suite 250 at Village Hall) or download the application from this site. Click http://www.keybiscayne.fl.gov/clientuploads/PDF/BZP_Info_Forms/BZP_BldgPermit_10-20-09Rev.pdf to access the Building permit application.

Building permits are issued in the name of the property owner(s) or licensed contractors performing the work. Generally, you will need the following:

    - Building Permit application 
    - 2 sets of plans

    - 2 set of structural calculations

    - 3 sets of energy calculations 

    - 2 copies of property survey

    - Impact Fees, County Department of Permitting, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Fire Dept., and Special Inspector forms (if required)

If the size of the job is on a large scale, then other materials may be required. For any issues or concerns, please call the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works  Department at (305) 365-5512.

You are responsible for filling out all parts of the application correctly. If you have any questions concerning what category your work falls under, please visit our office and see an inspector or processor for your trade. Refunds will not be given in case of error in your part and you will be charged a double fee plus fine for all work done without a permit. Minimum fee for all permits is $106.00, unless otherwise noted.

If you are a property owner, know that it is in your best interest to use a contractor licensed in the State of Florida to protect your property and yourself. Learn more about how to find, hire and enter into a contract with a contractor by reading the "Protect Your Investment ... Hire Only Licensed Contractors" brochure (PDF file) provided by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (FDBPR).  Information about licensed professionals and businesses is available at the FDBPR's "Licensee Search" webpage.

Do I need a permit to paint inside my residence?

No - a building permit is not required to paint interior spaces in a house/apartment/condominium or to paint the exterior of a single-family home or duplex.

Do I need a permit to change the kitchen or bathroom cabinets and/or fixtures?

Yes. You need a building permit and, if the work involves fixtures (electrical or plumbing), you also will need plumbing and electrical permits. If your apartment is in a condominium, you will need approval from the Condominium Association and/or the Condominium Manager.  Removal, replacement or addition of any electric device will require an electrical permit (ex.: adding GFCI outlet, changing/replacing light fixture or lighted medicine cabinet).

Do I need a permit to install and/or repair tile or other types of flooring in an apartment or condo?

Yes. Apartment, Condominium or Commercial Building tenants must obtain a building permit if the work involves the installation or replacement of tile or other flooring.  If your apartment is in a condominium you will need approval for the work to be performed from your Condominium Association or Condominium Manager.

How do I renew my Local Tax Receipt (formerly known as Occupational License)?

The Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department sends renewal invoices in August every year. Renewals are due by October 1st (start of the new fiscal year). Late fees will apply to renewals received after October 1st.

Can non-Village residents use the Community Center or rent the facility?

Non-residents may use the Community Center or participate in programs if they are guests of a resident. Facility rentals are only available to Key Biscayne residents.

Do I need a permit to install a fence or wall around my house?

Yes - a building permit is required for installation of all fences and masonry walls.

When do I need a building permit?

A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Florida Building Code, or to cause any such work to be done.

Examples include:
Add a room; Build a stairway; Move, remove or add walls; Put up a fence; Finish an attic, garage or basement to make additional space; Cut a new window or door opening, or widen an existing opening; Build, demolish or move a carport, garage or shed that is more than 200 square feet in area; Apply roofing material when all of the old roofing material is removed and new sheathing is installed, except when the existing solid plywood is removed and new plywood is installed; Build a retaining wall; Build a porch or deck that is above any portion of the surrounding finish grade; Move more than 50 cubic yards of earth or any amount of cut/fill on sites affected by waterways or slope hazards.

If you are not sure whether or not you need a permit, call the Village's Chief Building Official at (305) 365-8902.

What is a Business Certificate of Use?

The Business Certificate of Use is a document that allows you to conduct business in the Village of Key Biscayne. The certificate contains information specific to your business and is in accordance with the Municipal Code. An account number is assigned to your business at the time the certificate is paid.

Can non-resident visitors on Key Biscayne use the Community Center?

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Provide policy regarding hotel guests. Provide policy regarding individuals temporarily leasing or renting on the Key. Provide policy regarding guests of Village residents.

What are the benefits of getting a Business Certificate of Use?

Obtaining a Business Certificate of Use benefits the business owner and the community. Primarily, payment of the business tax generates revenue, which supports Village services. Additionally, obtaining a certificate adds you to the list of businesses on file with the Village. This extensive list serves as an information base and is regularly referred to by Village staff when responding to public inquires. The greatest benefit is that upon compliance with the Village's business certificate requirement the integrity of your business is known to the public.

What is the procedure for making a complaint about a police department employee?

The complaint process can begin in person at the Police Station or by calling (305) 365-5555 and requesting a supervisor. Results will be provided to the complainant immediately and are subject to public records law.

Is the Village under watering restrictions including in the summer months?

Yes. Watering restrictions for the Village, Miami-Dade County and other regions of South Florida are in effect all year. The South Florida Water Management District's Year-round Landcape Irrigation Rule allows residential and business properties with odd-numbered addresses to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 am (midnight) to 10:00 am and/or 4:00 pm to 11:59 pm. Properties with even-numbered addresses may be watered on Thursdays and Sundays from 12:00 am (midnight) to 10:00 am and/or 4:00 pm to 11:59 pm. The bottom line for water conservation: no irrigation between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

How do I report a water leak?

Please report a water main leak directly to Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department (MDWASD) at (305) 274-9272.

How do I report a sewer leak on the street or an overflowing manhole?

Please report sewer overflows or hazardous conditions immediately to the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department at (305) 274-9272.

The storm drain on our street is clogged. Who do I call for repairs?

The Village Public Works Division is responsible for maintaining storm drains and can be contacted at (305) 365-8945.

Storm drains are inspected and cleaned on a routine schedule to ensure they are in proper condition. Avoid clogging or obstructing the drain with trash or vegetation. Please note the Village is on a barrier island and subject to tides. During high tides rain water will remain above the drains until the tide subsides and, in times of extreme high tides, seawater may even flow up out of the drains for a limited time.

There is a big crack in the sidewalk along our street. Who is responsible for repairs?

The Public Works Division is responsible for repairing sidewalks in the Village. If you notice a damaged sidewalk, submit a repair request online or call the Division department at (305) 365-8945. A supervisor will inspect the area and place cold patch immediately.The damaged location will be placed on a list to be addressed under the Village's Capital Improvement Plan.

How do I report a pothole on the street?

Please submit a repair request online to the Village Public Works Division or call Public Works at (305) 365-8945.

What do I do about an iguana, possum or raccoon on my property?

The Village does not provide trapping services on private property. Please contact a trapper of your choice.

If there is a dead animal on public property (swale or street), please submit a removal request online or contact the Public Works Division at (305) 365-8945.

How do I report a broken street light?

Please report a non-functioning or malfunctioning street light directly to Florida Power and Light (FPL) at (305) 442-8770.

How can I dispose of trash and recycling as a single-family homes or duplex resident?

Collection of regular trash, recycling and yard trash is a side yard/back yard operation performed by Waste Management under the oversight of the Public Works Division. Bulk trash is collected once a month. Please call WM directly at (305) 471-4444  if you have any problems with collection.

Regular trash pickup is done twice a week on Tuesday and Friday for properties north of West McIntyre Street and Monday and Thursday for properties south of West McIntyre Street. Yard trash pick up is once a week on the second day of your regular trash service. Recycling pickup is once a week on Wednesday for all areas.

Bulk trash is collected once a month at curbside only on a certain day depending on the area. For the color coded map depicting the bulk pick up schedule and a full description of services please visit the Solid Waste/Recyling/Bulky Waste webpage or call the Public Works Division at (305) 365-8945.

How do I report that my solid waste and recycling containers were missed and items not picked up?

Please contact Waste Management, the Village Solid Waste/Recycling contractor directly at (305) 471-4444.

What types of items may I place on the curb for my monthly bulk trash pick-up?

Acceptable items are vegetative material, household furniture, household trash and white goods. No construction material or household chemicals will be picked up.

What products are considered hazardous waste? When and how can I dispose of them?

Household Chemical Disposal is handled by Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Department’s Home Chemical Collection Centers. The two centers are located in West Dade at 8831 NW 58th Street and in South Dade at 23707 SW 97th Avenue, Gate B. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Acceptable materials are: Paints and Coatings, Latex Interior and Exterior paint in liquid form, Spray Paint, Latex Primer in liquid form, Oil-Based Paint, Wood Sealer, Concrete Sealer, Driveway Sealer, Roof Cement, Cleaner and Polishers, Car Polish, Furniture Polish, Rug Cleaner/Shampoo, Glass Cleaner, Miscellaneous Aerosol and household Cleaners, Air Freshener, Oils, Lubricants and Solvents, Motor Oil, Lubricating Oil, Spray Lubricant, Miscellaneous Lubricants, Lamp Oil, Charcoal Lighter Fluid, Paint Thinner, Mineral oils. For more information call the County at 311.

How can I get a new recycling container?

Request recycling containers from Waste Management (WM) Customer Service at (305) 471-4444. WM is the Village's Solid Waste and Recycling contractor.

What is the Village's Tax Identification Number?

The Village provides this information to those who have registered family members in our summer recreation programs. If this applies to you, please call (305) 365-8900, ask for the Assistant to the Parks & Recreation Director and the number will be provided to you.
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Who runs local youth sports programs?

The Village Parks & Recreation Department's Athletics Division oversees youth sports with assistance from several outside groups and volunteers. A comprehensive list of of annual youth athletic programs, registration periods, costs and season dates can be found at www.activeislander.org.

Which facilities are available for birthday party or other private rentals?

The Community Center offers kids' birthday party packages as well as rooms that can be rented for private events (parties, weddings, performances, meetings etc.). More information about these rentals and a link to the rental contract are available at www.ActiveIslander.org.To book a rental, please call (305) 365-8900 and ask to speak to the Front Desk Manager.

Calusa Park is available for private parties on Saturdays and Sundays. Please call (305) 365-8900 and ask for the Assistant to the Director of Parks & Recreation. Rental rates and the availability of Calusa Park will be provided to you.

The Village Green is open to the public at all times and cannot be rented for private use. The Beach Park is open for resident use at all times and cannot be rented for private use.

What recreation classes, programs and activities does the Village offer?

The Village Parks & Recreation Department, including the Community Center, offers a wide variety of programs and activities. Current programs can be found at www.ActiveIslander.org or call (305) 365-8900 for information.

How do I register for recreational classes, programs and activities offered by the Village?

Registration is available in person at the Community Center Front Desk at 10 Village Green Way or over the phone at (305) 365-8900.

I would like to file a complaint/concern/report concerning a park. How would I go about this?

You can file a complaint online using the service request form or contact the Director of Parks & Recreation Department at (305) 365-8900.

How can I find out if parks are open or closed or if athletic programs are canceled?

If the Village is experiencing inclement weather, check the www.ActiveIslander.org website for updates or call the Community Center Front Desk at (305) 365-8900. Though parks are open, athletic activities or other programs are not scheduled on official Village holidays. They are posted online at the main Village website.

What transportation options are available for seniors?

General information on the Village's Senior Transportation program is available at www.ActiveIslander.org. Please call (305) 365-8953 for more information, to register for this free program or to schedule a ride.

Does the Village offer passport services?

Yes, the Village is a U.S. State Department-certifed Passport Acceptance Facility. General information is available at www.ActiveIslander.org.Please call (305) 365-8953 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

I'd like to offer a new recreation or athletics program in the Village. How do I go about doing that?

New instructor information is available at www.ActiveIslander.org. A tab on the right-hand side main menu leads to program proposals and policies. Please contact the Community Center Manager at (305) 365-8900 to discuss your proposal.

Do you have any special services or programs for seniors?

Yes, the Village offers a variety of programs for Seniors and Adults. General information is available at www.ActiveIslander.org. You may also contact the Village's Adult and Senior Services Coordinator at (305) 365-8953 for more information.

What is the Village's Art in Public Places Program?

You can learn more about the Village Art in Public Places Program, its responsibilities, current Board members and general information by going to www.keybiscayne.fl.gov and clicking on Boards/Committees then clicking on Art in Public Places Board (APPB). There is a link on this page with a recent magazine article about the Village's public art projects.

You can visit the two main site projects sponsored by the Art in Public Places Board: The Civic Center Plaza with colorful tile pools by Sarah Morris, located at McIntyre Street and Crandon Boulevard, and seven terrazzo Plazas by Jose Bedia along Crandon Boulevard at the intersections of West Mashta Drive, Seaview Drive, West Wood Drive. northeast corner of the Village Green and along Crandon Boulevard near the Library. You can see artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection installed at the second floor of the Community Center during hours of operation (Call (305) 365-8900) and in the Conference Room of the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department at Village Hall by special arrangement.

I own my apartment. Can I do work as an Owner-Builder and not have to hire a General Contractor?

No. Apartment, Condominium or Commercial Building tenants must hire a contractor in all situations. You can only act as an owner-builder on single-family or duplex residential projects, and also must meet requirements of Florida Statutes Section 489.103 (7) (PDF file). Florida Statutes only exempt homeowners when building themselves a single or two-family residence to live in. If they intend to sell it within one year after obtaining the final Certificate of Completion, then they are no longer exempt.

How can I get a copy of a Fire Report?

Fire reports may be obtained from the Village Fire Rescue Department Administrative Office located at 560 Crandon Boulevard. For further information please call 305-365-8989.

At what time does the Village Noise Ordinance take effect?

Common noise complaints can be reported at or after 11:00 pm to the Police Department's non emergency number at (305) 365-5555. Excessive noise can be reported at any time to (305) 365-5555 and an officer will investigate.

How can I get a copy of an EMS patient report?

Medical reports for services provided by the Village Fire Rescue Department are available at the Village Fire Rescue Department Administrative Office located at 560 Crandon Boulevard. Only the actual patient or a relative, with proper ID, may obtain these records. For further information please call 305-365-8989.

How do I request a tour of the Fire Station?

To request a tour of the fire station or to schedule a fire truck to visit your site, call 305-365-8989 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

If I have a complaint concerning Emergency 9-1-1 service, whom do I call?

For problems related to Fire or Emergency Medical Service responses by the Village Fire Rescue Department, contact the Village Fire Rescue Administrative Office at 305-365-8989 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

How can I get a Hurricane Pass?

Hurricane Passes can be obtained online prior to the June 1 start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season or from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday in the Police Administration office located in Suite 1XX of Village Hall.

Please note that only local Business Owners/Representatives and Multifamily Property Managers/Representatives are eligible to receive Passes.

How can I find our about Fire Safety programs available in the Village?

Call the Office of the Fire Marshal at 305-365-8987 or visit the Office of the Fire Marshal located at 560 Crandon Boulevard.

How do I report a complaint about a fire hazard?

Call the Office of the Fire Marshal at 305-365-8987 or visit the Office of the Fire Marshal located at 560 Crandon Boulevard.

Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire station?

Yes. We offer this service free of charge at the Village of Key Biscayne Fire Station located at 560 Crandon Boulevard.

How do I receive information on crime statistics within the Village?

A Crime report mapping program that shows locations and details of reported crimes can be accessed by clicking on an icon at the Village website. Else you may request a paper copy from the Police Administration Office, Suite 1XX in Village Hall, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

How can I relay a compliment concerning Fire Department Service?

You may contact Fire Chief Eric Lang directly at 305-365-8999 or e-mail him at elang@keybiscayne.fl.gov.

How can I request a spray mission for mosquito control?

Please call the Miami Dade County Mosquito Control Division directly at 311 and state your address.

The County tracks the mosquito population on a weekly basis. If a high level of concentration is found tracking is performed on a daily basis. A high volume of calls in one specific area will trigger a spray mission using trucks and/or aircraft.

What is the procedure for placing my property at the station for safe keeping?

Bring your property to the Police Department Main Lobby, in Suite 1XX of Village Hall, and an officer will assist you with your request.

How can I file a complaint concerning Fire Department Service?

You may contact Fire Chief Eric Lang directly at 305-365-8999 or e-mail him at elang@keybiscayne.fl.gov.

What number do I call in case of an emergency?

Always call 911. Call (305) 365-5555 for non-emergency assistance.

What number do I call to report a non-emergency situation?

Call (305) 365-5555 for non-emergency assistance. Always call 911 in an emergency.

How do I get in touch with a detective to follow up on my case?

A detective is automatically notified of your case and initiates the follow-up. S/he can be reached at (305) 365-5555 if you have additional questions.

Where do I go to register my golf cart, bicycle or dog?

Golf carts can be registered at any time; ask the dispatcher on duty in the main lobby of the Police Department located in Suite 1XX, Village Hall, for assistance.

Bicycles and dogs can be registered Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Police Administration office located in Suite 1XX of Village Hall.

Where do I go to receive a copy of a Police report?

Copies of Police reports can be obtained the Police Administration office, located in Suite 1XX of Village Hall, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

Can the police watch my property while I am away on vacation?

Yes. Call the Police Department at (305) 365-5555 and request the service by providing dates of departure and return.

If I qualify as an Owner-Builder, what are my responsibilities?

Your responsibilities are many and some risks are involved if you pursue this role. Please read the "Pulling an Owner/Builder Permit is Risky Business!" information sheet (PDF file) provided by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for important details.

It is best to stop by our offices and meet with the Village Building Official to prove (via a question and answer session) that you have the capability of performing the work to code. You can pick up a copy of our OWNER-BUILDER CERTIFICATION form that outlines your responsibilities under the Florida Statutes. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

How can I find out where my property line is located?

If you are not sure where your property line is, or if you and your neighbor are in disagreement about the location of a common property line, you may need to hire a land surveyor. Please keep in mind that It is unlawful for anyone to do land surveying or offer to do land surveying unless he or she is currently licensed as a land surveyor in the State of Florida. The Village of Key Biscayne does not offer land surveying services to the public.

Can I get a copy of my home or business floor plan from the Village?

Whether the Village has floor plans for your residence or business depends on the age of your home or business. The Village does maintain in-house microfilm copies of permits and plans, which may include plans or drawings. They are sent off-site and a request must be made in writing to retrieve them. Nominal charges will apply. To find out whether plans are available, please visit the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department and ask to look at the records for your address.

Does a new pool, deck or shed require a building permit?

Yes, you need a building permit for a new pool, deck, or shed. These structures are also referred to as accessory structures and have restrictions based on the Village's Zoning Code.  For a copy of the land development code, click http://library8.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=12518&doc_action=whatsnew

Building Permit Applications (PDF) are available online at http://www.keybiscayne.fl.gov/clientuploads/PDF/BZP_Info_Forms/BZP_BldgPermit_10-20-09Rev.pdf.

How can I schedule an inspection?

An inspection can be scheduled through Online Services in the Public Access tab on the Village of Key Biscayne website. You can also schedule an inspection by calling the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department at (305) 365-5512.

How do I check the status of my Building Permit?

The status of a permit can be checked through the Online Services in the Public Access tab on the Village of Key Biscayne website.  Click on Village Departments, then click on Building, Zoning and Planning, finally click on "Online Permit and Inspection Management". Follow the links and it gives you several options to find your particular permit.br />

How long does it take to get a Building Permit?

Our goal is to review plans and provide comments within 10 working days for residential projects and 14 working days for commercial projects. Small projects can usually be walked-thru by the contractor or owner-builder on the same day.

Are there any other regulatory agency approvals required for permitting?

The following regulatory agencies may need to review and approve plans prior to the issuance of a permit by the Village. To determine which regulatory agencies are required for your desired permit, please contact the Village Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Department at 305-365-5512.

Miami-Dade County Department of Permiting, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs (PERA)

701 N.W. 1st Court
Miami, FL 33136
305-732-6789

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

3071 S.W. 38th Avenue
Miami, FL 33146
305-665-7477

Why is a Building Permit required?

A building permit is necessary to ensure the welfare and safety of the public, as mandated by Florida Statutes and the Florida Building Code. The property owner is responsible for securing building permits prior to the commencement of any work. Working without a permit is illegal and can result in citations and fines. The owner is ultimately responsible for any and all work performed at his/her property.

Where can I find an application for demolition?

A demolition application is the same as for a Building Permit and can be found here: http://www.keybiscayne.fl.gov/clientuploads/PDF/BZP_Info_Forms/BZP_BldgPermit_10-20-09Rev.pdf.

Do I need a building permit fo the installation of a new water heater, air-conditioner, or dishwasher?

Yes, permits are needed for those types of installations. You can pick up a Building Permit in the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works offices in Suite 250 of Village Hall or go online at http://www.keybiscayne.fl.gov/clientuploads/PDF/BZP_Info_Forms/BZP_BldgPermit_10-20-09Rev.pdf.

How can I obtain a copy of the Village's Zoning and Land Development Regulations?

Visit the Department of Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works' Permit Desk (Suite 250, Village Hall) and ask the for a copy. The cost is $25.00. Alternatively, the Zoning and Land Development Regulations, comprising Chapter 30 of the Village of Key Biscayne Code, can be viewed online at www.municode.com.

What is a variance? How can I apply for a variance?

A variance is a proposed change/modification to the provisions of the Land Development Regulations (LDRs). A variance is heard and decided on by the Village Council. Alternatively, there are two options for minor variances requiring only the approval of immediate neighbors and the Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Director.  A Supervisory Variance may be requested for existing improvements that deviate from the requirements by no more than two feet or 10%.  An Administrative Variance may be requested for proposed improvements deviating less than 20% from the requirements.

 

A paper copy of the Variance Application may be obtained from the Building, Planning, Zoning, and Public Works Department Office (Suite 250, Village Hall), or downloaded from the Village website by clicking "Document Center", scrolling to the second page, and clicking "Planning and Zoning applications".

Does my shed have to comply with any regulations?

Yes - all structures must comply with setback requirements and sheds must meet the underlying Zoning District setbacks as well as allowable encroachment setbacks and other regulations of the Zoning and Land Development Regulations.  For a copy of the land development code, visit the Department of Building, Zoning, Planning and Public Works Permit Desk (Suite 250, Village Hall) and ask the for a copy. The cost is $25.00. Alternatively, the Zoning and Land Development Regulations, comprising Chapter 30 of the Village of Key Biscayne Code, can be viewed online at www.municode.com.

What is an easement?

An easement is defined as an interest in land granted for limited use purpose, but which does not convey fee title to real property.  An easement grants access to a property by an outside party, generally for utility installation and maintenance, but could also be for the purpose of accessibility to another property or other function. No structure, fence or tree may be placed in an easement without the written consent of the party having the right to access an easement. Your survey will show all easements that are located on your property.

What is setback? What are the applicable setbacks for my property?

A setback is the required minimum horizontal distance between the front, sides, and rear of a lot to the building or any structure occupying a lot. Setbacks are specific to each Zoning District and therefore must be obtained from the Village Zoning Official, who may be contacted at (305) 365-5502.

What is lot coverage? What is the lot coverage limit for my property?

Lot coverage is the percentage of the overall area of a site occupied by any building, covered structures, and elevated terraces above maximum lot elevation, with exceptions. (Contact the Village Zoning Official at (305) 365-5502 for exceptions). Lot coverage is calculated by dividing the sum area of the applicable structures by the lot area. The Lot Coverage limit for any property depends on its Zoning District, which must be discussed with the Village Zoning Official at (305) 365-5502.

What is Floor to Area Ratio? What is the Floor to Area limit for my property?

Floor to Area Ratio is the ratio of enclosed building floor space, with exceptions, to lot area.  (Contact the Village Zoning Official at (305) 365-5502 for exceptions). Floor to Area Ratio is calculated by dividing the enclosed building floor square footage by the lot area. The Floor to Area limit for any property depends on its Zoning District, which must be discussed with the Village Zoning Official at (305) 365-5502.

What is zoning?

Zoning controls the use and development of land and buildings for the health, welfare and safety of the community.

If I receive a Public hearing Notice, am I obligated to attend a public hearing?

A public hearing is an opportunity given to surrounding property owners to provide input and comments on any given development. It is not mandatory to attend.

What is a Planning and Zoning Public Hearing?

A Planning and Zoning public hearing is a meeting, open to the public, concerning a zoning proposal that may impact surrounding property owners. All property owners are given the opportunity to comment in these meetings and give feedback to the Village Council.

What is a conditional use?

A Conditional Use is a use permitted under a zoning district. Conditional Use requests are always accompanied by an official application, a site plan, and other supporting documentation. A Conditional Use request is always heard by the Village Council and subject to the public hearing process.

What is ZORC or the Zoning Ordinance Review Committee?

The Village Council established a Zoning Ordinance Review Committee (ZORC) to review the Zoning and Land Development Regulations and recommend changes, if any, to the Village Council in October 2009. This was the second time since the Village incorporated that a ZORC was formed to review regulations. For more information regarding the ZORC, you can go to www.keybiscayne.fl.gov and click on Committees on the right hand side of the page. You can also call the Building, Zoning, and Planning Department at (305) 365-8908.

How do I get a Film Permit?

Film permits are processed by staff in the Village Manager's Office (Suite 210, Village Hall). The Film Permit Application is available (PDF) at the Village website.

How do I find the zoning designation for my property?

Zoning for properties within the Village of Key Biscayne can be found on the Official Zoning Map (7.5 MB PDF).  The Official Zoning Map is Section 30-252, Chapter 30, Zoning and Land Development Regulations, of Part II-Code of the Village Code of Ordinances, available at municode.com. To find the map, go Part II-Code at the left-side menu and click on the Chapter 30 menu folder. Chapter 30, Article X.-Legislative will appear in the right-side content area. Scroll down to Sec. 30-252.


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