Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for ensuring that land use and building activities comply with the city's adopted plans and codes.

 The department is actively involved in:

  • Building permit review and inspections
  • Business tax receipts
  • Code administration
  • Code compliance
  • Development application review
  • Community redevelopment
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Grants administration (Downtown Partnership Grants, Neighborhood Project Grants, and Beautification Matching Grants)
  • Tree protection, planting and permitting

Advisory Boards

The Community Development Department provides professional expertise and assistance to the:

  • Planning and Zoning Board (which also serves as the Downtown Redevelopment Board and Historic Incentives Board)
  • Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Board of Appeals
  • Code Enforcement Board


For information on meeting dates and times, please see our calendar.

Walking Audits

In October of 2017, the Forward Pinellas staff led a walkability audit pilot project to demonstrate how walking audits work and to evaluate two walking routes to downtown Safety Harbor.  A link to the full report summarizing the process and findings is below:

Safety Harbor Walkability Audit Final Report