Building and Development Review Services – About Us

The Pinellas County Development Review Services regulates and enforces compliance with a variety of property ordinances, including:

  • Engineering and Drainage.
    • Drainage of stormwater from property
    • Site access and circulation
    • Sightlines, distance and other safety issues
  • Habitat and Tree Removal.
    • Preserving, protecting or removing trees
    • Preventing or minimizing erosion during construction
    • Protecting and preserving trees, wetlands, buffer zones, and wildlife such as eagles, osprey and gopher turtles (habitat permit related)
  • Site Development.
    • Number of parking spaces
    • Limits of water impervious areas
    • Floor area limits
    • Distances to property lines.
  • Zoning and Land Use.
    • Types of activities a property can be used for
    • Signage ordinances
    • Set-backs
    • Zoning categories

We serve unincorporated Pinellas County. Habitat and Tree Removal also serves Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore and Oldsmar.

Code Enforcement Division

The Code Enforcement Division regulates ordinances for existing buildings and properties in unincorporated Pinellas County. We handle complaints about:

  • Dilapidated, damaged and un-maintained buildings.
  • High grasses or vegetation.
  • Inoperative, unlicensed vehicles.
  • Minimum housing regulations.
  • Prohibited signs.
  • Setbacks and right-of-way encroachments.
  • Site plan compliance.
  • Stagnant swimming pools.
  • Trash or debris.

Additional Agency Support

Other Pinellas County agencies also work on similar types of activities as Building and Development Review Services, including:

  • Air Quality for asbestos.
  • Building Services for codes and permits, inspections.
  • Division of Hotels & Restaurants for construction & alteration permits seating counts.
  • Fire Departments for Florida Fire Prevention Code aspects of construction permits.
  • Health Department for septic systems and fuel tanks.
  • Human Rights for accessible parking compliance of existing buildings.
  • Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board for contractor licensing.
  • Watershed Management, including Water & Navigation, for dock permits and mangrove protection.