Leon County Works with Citizens to Save Time and Money in Permitting Process


In an ongoing effort to enhance service delivery, Leon County Government collaborated with developers and citizen stakeholders to make permitting approvals for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) an easier, quicker, and more affordable process. As a result, applicants can now expect to save a minimum of $1,697 in permitting fees while reducing the approval time by nearly half.

After receiving feedback from the Tallahassee Builders Association and a citizen advisory group for county-related development services issues, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an Ordinance that reduces the number of permits for the construction of ADUs and the amount of time needed to obtain permits.

“For the Board, we understand the need to explore creative options from all sources,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor. “By listening to citizens and community partners, we are able to cut the bureaucratic tape and operate more efficiently.”

Accessory dwelling units are smaller units located on site of a single-family home. Common examples include an apartment over the garage or a backyard cottage. Now, Leon County citizens can add an extra dwelling with cheaper and fewer steps to complete.

“Stakeholder engagement, alongside employees that are empowered to take action, creates a receptive environment for continuous improvements and is a part of the County’s core philosophy,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Our motive is simple, process improvement and customer satisfaction, even if it takes a little out of our bottom line.

ADUs provides an option for residents that need extra space but do not want to relocate, while also maintaining and protecting the property values and preserving the character of the neighborhoods.

For more information, contact David McDevitt, Director of Developmental Support and Environmental Management, at (850) 606-1300, or Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300.

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