St. Lucie County Adopts New Steps to Assist Businesses, Shorten Permit Times
- LUCIE COUNTY – The St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners and the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce new measures to assist existing and new businesses and support economic recovery efforts in response to COVID-19.
At the request of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of County Commissioners has recently taken two steps designed to assist businesses open or expand.
The Board of County Commissioners approved a one-year, 15-percent reduction in all permit fees, including all Planning, Building, and Environmental permit fees. The new fees take effect on Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2021.
Additionally, the County Commissioners took the first step in changing the Land Development Code to increase the number of plans that can be approved at the staff level and defer some preliminary development submittal requirements. Having plans approved at the staff level often significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to get plans approved. The deferrals will also save on upfront permitting costs.
A number of several additional business-friendly steps are also in the works intended to reduce time and cost in the development review process.
St. Lucie County’s Planning and Development Services staff has been working closely with the Development Review Task Force, made up of local professionals from the Chamber of Commerce, Treasure Coast Builder’s Association, the Economic Development Council (EDC), and the Treasure Coast Manufacturers’ Association. The group’s goal is to work with local jurisdictions to reduce impediments to growth and development during this time of economic uncertainty. It is the continued goal of St. Lucie County and the Chamber/EDC Task Force to work together to create a business-friendly environment in St. Lucie County.
Any business with questions about these changes can contact St. Lucie County Planning & Development Assistant Director Ben Balcer at 772-462-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.