Planning & Environmental Resources

TheCounty offices continue to be closed to the public. The Planning & Environmental Resources Department will continue to mainlyoperate services via email and phones, including phone meetings withapplicants. We will continue to monitor and provide updates on this situationincluding the services we are automating and activating.

Planning and Environmental Resources Biological Inspections

The Planning & Environmental Resources Department inspections may not be conducted by an Engineer, Architect or Private Provider. County staff will make every attempt possible to provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits.    

  • Planning and Bio inspections will be conducted and can be called into the IVR system
  • The Planning Director will determine if inspections can be provided on a case by case basis. We will do our best to complete inspections as staff resources are available.                                    

Planning and Environmental Resources Applications and Public Meetings:

The Planning & Environmental Resources Department will continue to operate certain services via email and phones.

The following public meetings/hearings will be held virtually, via Zoom webinar, until further notice:

  • Development Review Committee (DRC) 
  • Planning Commission (PC) 
  • Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
  • Community Meetings

The Planning & Environmental Resources Department will begin accepting ALL applications


STEP 1:  All application materials (application forms, plans, other required documents) MUST be submitted by EMAIL to;

STEP 2: IN ADDITION, checks and hard copies of all required material MUST ALSO be submitted by one of two options:        

A) Sent by MAIL to the Department at the address indicated on the application    form; or 

B) Dropped off in Key Largo or Marathon via permit DROP-OFF system from      12pm-3pm, Monday to Friday.

DROP-OFF means, you need to include your application, plans and checks in a sealed box, labeled with PLANNING  on the box, and drop the box off, Monday through Friday, from 12pm-3pm. We will have a staff person inside the office at the front door who will bring the box inside. We will not process the application when you drop it off. Instead, it will be processed after a 24-48 hour "waiting period". These times may fluctuate.    


Monroe County adopted a 180-day temporary suspension of the expiration of ROGO and NROGO allocation awards. For those allocation awards for which award letters were issued prior to March 15, 2020, and not already expired, building permits must be issued within 180 days of March 15, 2020 (on or before September 11, 2020), notwithstanding the deadline specific in the award letter.

Monroe County is deferring the issuance of allocation award letters. *Upon issuance of the award letters, applicants will be given 180 days to pick up building permits. Applicants who wish to have their allocation award letters issued at this time, regardless of the deferral, may request their letter by emailing Tiffany Stankiewicz:

For applicants notified prior to March 15, 2020, of the eligibility to submit administrative relief applications, the deadline is tolled for 180 days from March 15, 2020; applications must be received on or before September 11, 2020, notwithstanding the deadline specified in the notification letter.

Pending Applications submitted tot he Department prior to March 15, 2020 will also continue to be processed. Application forms are available on our Forms and Applications webpage:


The Monroe County Planning and Environmental Resources Department is to foster sustainable, quality development in the county while conserving and promoting stewardship of the county’s fragile environment and the unique character of its diverse island communities.


The Monroe County Planning & Environmental Resources Department is responsible for the administration of the adopted Monroe County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. The Department processes amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations. Additionally, the department reviews development proposals for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations, including environmental compliance. The functions of this department are implemented by the following offices:

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Current Planning
  • Environmental Resources
  • Marine Resources


The Planning & Environmental Resources Department is currently working on an update to the Comprehensive Plan update and is working with Monroe County communities to prepare Livable Communikeys Master Plan. The Overseas Heritage Trail, scenic highways, and Historic Preservation are additional department projects.