Community Development

Physical Address:
201 E. Main Street (Second Floor)
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-6213 / Fax: (352) 742-6087


The Community Development Department oversees building, permitting, planning and zoning and is responsible for administering the City's growth development from initial conception through to building permitting.

The Department reviews all development applications for conformity with the City's Land Development Regulations, the Florida Building Code, the City's Comprehensive Plan and other applicable laws and regulations. The Department works in harmony with and provides support to the Planning & Zoning Board, the Lake-Sumter MPO and many other local boards and agencies. The Department provides demographic information and GIS support for all City departments.

The Community Development Department’s primary responsibilities are long-range planning, growth management, plan review and permitting. The Department assists applicants with planning and zoning applications and construction permit applications. The Department reviews the applications for conformance with the Florida Building Code and land development initiatives per Florida Statutes and Administrative Codes.

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update is currently underway.  For more information please contact Mike Fitzgerald, Community Development Director.  For a copy of the current Compehensive Plan please contact the City Clerk's Office.