Development Services

Effective Monday, May 3, 2021, Development Services will be open to the public for in-person assistance with permitting, business licensing, and zoning information.  Customers are encouraged to continue using our convenient virtual service optionsAll Planning, Business Licensing, and Permit submittals will continue to only be accepted electronically.  View the submission instructions here


Please note that a maximum of five (5) persons will be permitted in our lobby at any time visitors must comply with CDC guidelines for social distancing and facial coverings.  Masks shall be worn at all times to enter City Hall for the safety of our customers and staff.



Building Permit Services Walk-In Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 am – 12: 00 pm


Inspector Office Hours

8:00 am – 8:30 am


Business Licensing

By Appointment


Zoning Information Walk-In Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Planning Information

By Appointment via Zoom Virtual Conferencing


Welcome to Development Services

Where Business-Friendly is our Business

To create and enhance a vibrant city, the City of Homestead’s Development Services Department combines urban planning, building permitting / inspections, and economic development in a coordinated manner to advance Homestead’s diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous economy, and increase the overall quality of life for the business and residential communities. 

Our Focus

The Development Services Department is focused on efficiently and effectively assisting residents, businesses, and developers through a fair and objective development review and approval process, as governed by the city's code. Additionally, the department works to implement practical solutions on issues associated with comprehensive planning, zoning, plans review, building inspections, business tax receipts, growth management, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, sustainability, and economic development.

Working with communities and public agencies alike, the Development Services Department strives to preserve and shape a safe, vital, and well-planned urban environment through the regulation of land use, zoning, and building. The department is made up of the following divisions:
  • Building Safety Division - Responsible for ensuring the safety of all new and existing facilities in the city; manages plans, inspections and building permits; and upholds the Florida Building Code
  • Business Services Division - Connects new and existing businesses to resources to grow and expand their businesses, and provides business tax receipts and special event permits
  • Planning and Zoning Division - Works with applicants wanting to develop or redevelop land to ensure that the development application is fairly and objectively moved through the process so that the resulting product is in compliance with code
  • Economic Development Division -  Liaison to the community to assist in building strong relationships between businesses and city departments, and to implement and improve methodology for steady economic growth

​We're Making Life Easier with NEW Online Payment Options

Development Services is now accepting online payments for Hearing Applications, Building Permits, and Local Business Tax Receipts. There is a convenience fee for using this online payment option.

Click here to make your payments online. In order to process your payment, please have your account number ready. Your account number will be specific to the Hearing Number, Building Permit, or Business Tax Receipt that you are seeking to pay for. 

Planning & ZoningPlease contact for a 6 digit account number. 

Building PermitsThe account number is your 8 digit process/permit number displayed on the permit invoice. 

Business Tax Receipt:

New Businesses: The account number is the 7-digit Tax Receipt Number displayed on the invoice received. Please contact for further questions.

Existing Businesses: The account number is the 7 digit Tax Receipt Number found on the top left corner of the City of Homestead Local Business Tax Receipt.