Planning and zoning plays a key role in the look and feel of Surfside’s streets, buildings,
houses, and businesses. The Planning and Zoning Board advises the Town Commission on
planning and zoning decisions, and conducts studies required under the Town Code and/
or requested by the Town Commission and Town Manager. The Board acts as the appeals
board for any structure requesting a variance from FEMA requirements. For design review
matters, the Planning and Zoning Board also completes a review of all structures and site
plans to be constructed or renovated within the town limits.
Appointment & Qualifications:
The Planning and Zoning Board must consist of five members and two alternate members.
At least three of the members or alternates must be one of the following:
- Florida-licensed general contractor or a construction management professional
with at least three years of professional experience as a construction project
manager, construction superintendent or construction estimator;
- Florida licensed PE or a civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical or environmental
engineer with a baccalaureate degree in engineering and three years of professional
- Certified planner (AICP) or a planning professional with a graduate degree in
planning from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board with at
least three years of professional planning experience or a bachelor’s degree in planning
from a program, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) with
at least three years of professional planning experience;
- Florida-licensed landscape architect with at least three years of professional
- Registered interior designer with at least three years of professional experience;
- Florida-licensed attorney with at least three years of professional experience;
- Florida-licensed architect; or
- Real estate developer with three years of professional experience, either as the
principal or executive.
* Alternates must be subject to the same attendance and participation requirements as members.
* All board members must meet minimum qualifications and be a Town resident for a minimum
period of one year, except for the licensed architects, including the Florida-licensed
landscape architect, if applicable, who must have been a Town resident for a minimum
period of six months.
* One of the members must also have education and/or experience in sustainability and
resiliency, including but not limited to, environmental sciences.
* Each commissioner must be responsible for one board member appointment. The first
and second alternates must be appointed at-large by the majority vote of the Commission
present at the meeting.