Planning, Development & Zoning



Tropical Depression Fred (Executive Order 21-190):

As a result of Executive Orders 21-190 (State of Emergency regarding Tropical Depression Fred), applicants with valid development orders during the time of Executive Orders may apply for an extension to the expiration of said development order for a total of 60 days and six months. On this page is further information and required application information.

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How Will We Grow?

How Will We Grow will create a blueprint for how Manatee County will grow by the year 2035. Holistic process to include public input meetings, Land Development Code & Comprehensive Plan changes related to managing future growth in the community.

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The Port Manatee Encouragement Zone is a County initiative to facilitate a greater range of employment-based uses near Port Manatee and helps strengthen the economic health of Manatee County.

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Development Trends show how development has increased over the past several years and development maps display where future growth is occurring.

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Contact Us

The Planning division provides you with professional, knowledgeable, quality service utilizing all available resources.

Please contact the Reviewer on Call by email or by calling 941-749-3070 for all Planning and Zoning inquiries. This section is responsible for front counter operations, assisting customers with land development regulations regarding site development, site plan intake and completeness review, site plan routing, building permit zoning review and Addressing 

Robert Wenzel
Division Manager and County Zoning Official 
941-748-4501 Ext. 6845

Addressing & Zoning
Phyllis Strong
Zoning Section Manager
941-748-4501 Ext. 6865

Comprehensive Planning

The Planning Services Division consists of the Development Review, Agenda, Comprehensive Planning, and the GIS Mapping Sections of the Development Services. This Division oversees the Comprehensive Plan and Development Review and primarily deals with the public hearing-related land development applications and maintains the Comprehensive Plan.

Lisa Barrett
Planning Section Manager
941-748-4501 Ext. 6884


Public Hearing Division

Rossina Leider
Public Hearing Section Manager
941-748-4501 Ext. 6859

Administrative Review Division

The Administrative Review Section of the Building and Development Services Department primarily deal with the administrative review of land development applications and code interpretations.

James Rigo
Administrative Review Section Manager
941-748-4501 Ext. 6905

Environmental Review

The Environmental Review Section's focus during the development planning process is to protect and preserve the county's natural resources while seeking to balance growth and development. The Environmental Review Section accomplishes this by reviewing a project's civil and landscape plan set which may include:

  • Wetland Delineation Report
  • Wetland Mitigation Plan
  • Wetland Buffer Enhancement Plan
  • Threatened and Endangered Biological Survey Report
  • Best Management Practices Plan
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
  • Well Management Plan

Gary Race
Environmental Section Manager
941-748-4501 Ext. 6936

Code Compliance Field Inspections

Doug Marvin
Inspection Supervisor

Planning and Zoning

GIS Mapping

Look for the View GIS Map icon on the home screen. Then select Interactive Maps, then Land Development to launch the Interactive Map System.

Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan

Select Government, then under the list of Departments select Building & Development Services. On the left side of the screen select Land Development Code & Regulations, then select the link for Manatee County Comprehensive Plan or Manatee County Land Development Code.

Zoning Ordinance Information and Rezone Maps

From Building & Development Services, on the left side of the screen select Planning Maps. Then look for the Approved Rezone Maps in the middle of the screen. Once selected you can zoom in to get the Zoning Ordinance number.

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Common Accessory Uses
and Structures

Fences and Walls
LDC Section 511.6

Home Occupations
LDC Section: 511.7

Storage Structures and Sheds
LDC Section: 511.15

Swimming Pools, Spas and
Screen Enclosures
LDC Section: 511.16

Standards For Specific Uses
LDC Section: 531


Standard Zoning District setback information can be found in Ch. 4 of the LDC, Table 4-4, 4-5, 4-6 4-7, 4-8 and 4-9.

Planned Development setback information can be obtained by contacting the Reviewer On-Call at 941-749-3070.


  1. To determine the zoning district access the GIS Mapping

  2. On the Tool tab enter the Address

  3. On the Data tab turn on the Zoning layer

For general information regarding permitted uses in Standard Zoning Districts see Ch. 4 of the LDC, Table 4-2 and 4-3

For permitted uses in Planned Developments view the Zoning Approval available at under Board Records.