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The Development Services Department facilitates a variety of programs that promote the responsible development of the City and a safe, livable environment for all of its citizens. Organized into five divisions, the department's primary roles include Planning, Zoning, Land Development and Building Plan Review, Permitting and Licensing, Building Inspections, Code Enforcement, administering the Community Development Block Program, and the Vine Street Community Redevelopment Agency.

In addition to various agencies, organizations and the general public, the department partners with several citizen advisory boards to implement its various programs. The department provides organizational and technical support to the Planning Advisory Board, Board of Adjustments, Code Enforcement Board, Historic Preservation Board, Building Trades and Examining Board, Housing Advisory Board and Development Review Committee, Traffic Calming Committee, and Historic Preservation District Task Forces. 

Planning & Zoning Division 

Division Responsibilities:

  • Long Range Planning and Growth Management
  • Current Planning and Development Review
  • Historic Preservation Planning
  • Transportation Planning

Building & Permits Division 
Division Responsibilities:

  • Permits, Licenses & Contractor Registration
  • Plan Review
  • Construction & License Inspections
  • Public Safety & Awareness Programs
  • Ensuring compliance with building codes 

Housing & Community Development Division
Division Responsibilities:

  • Administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program
  • Administers the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). To learn more about this program, visit www.kissimmeensp.org

Code Enforcement Division 
Division Responsibilities:

  • Enforces the provisions of the City of Kissimmee's Land Development Code and regulations
  • Responding to citizen complaints and concerns
  • Establishing remedial action and time required for code compliance
  • Maintains and processes code cases for board hearings 

Vine Street Community Redevelopment Agency (V-CRA)
Division Responsibilities:

  • Create compact, human-scaled mixed use development patterns with a distinct sense of place;
  • Increase housing diversity and transportation choices;
  • Support healthy lifestyles and reduced energy consumption;
  • Create vibrant, attractive and inviting public spaces;
  • Revitalize and redevelop properties to attract new jobs;
  • Preserve existing natural systems and create new green infrastructure systems.

Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency (D-CRA)
Division Responsibilities:

  • Assists businesses within the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area through design guidance, historic preservation support and financial incentive programs;
  • Recruits new businesses to the Downtown CRA;
  • Heads up improvement projects within the Downtown CRA, including the downtown streetscape plan.

Development Services Contacts  
Main Office 407.518.2140
Planning & Zoning/Development Review 407.518.2146
Permits & Licenses 407.518.2120
Inspections (Schedule) 407.518.2597
Housing & Community Development 407.518.2155 
Code Enforcement 407.518.2133
Vine Street Community Redevelopment Agency 407.518.2373 
Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency 407.518.2544
   
Fax - Planning & Zoning, Code Enforcement & V-CRA Divisions 407.518.2497
Fax - Building Division 407.518.2147 
Fax - Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency  407.931.1329 

Craig HollandCraig Holland, AICP, assumed the role of Director of the Development Services Department in December 2006. Craig has been employed by the City since January of 2000, where he served as Assistant Director of Development Services. This department, which consists of 31 staff members, oversees the City's planning, zoning, building, community development, code enforcement, and the Downtown & Vine Street Community Redevelopment Agency.

E-mail Craig Holland: cholland@kissimmee.org.

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