Expedited Permitting

Expedited Permitting
Expedited permitting encourages new businesses to relocate in Palm Beach County by assisting qualified building projects with a coordinated and fast-tracked permitting process.  Expedited permitting also helps existing local companies expand their operations. Many municipalities in Palm Beach County provide an expedited permitting process for new and expanding companies seeking to renovate existing facilities or construct a new facility. The process helps bring together regulatory agencies, authorities, and government departments to concurrently review projects as a way to cut delays and costs during project development.

Where is it Available?
Palm Beach County Planning Zoning and Building Department makes expedited permitting available to qualified businesses. In addition, these cities have adopted expedited permitting initiatives: Jupiter, Lake Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Belle Glade, Pahoke, South Bay, Mangonia Park and Lake Worth and unicorporated Palm Beach County areas.

Who Qualifies?
Expedited permitting language varies from city to city within Palm Beach County. Generally, expedited permitting guidelines are aimed at businesses that fall into certain targeted industry clusters; the business must demonstrate the capability to create a certain number of full-time positions within a timeframe and new employment positions shall be value-added employment based on the average salary paid by the employer; the business shall submit financial information to the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County to establish solvency and status as an ongoing business prior to acceptance into the program. Once the criteria are met, and a recommendation to expedite is made by the BDB, the County or municipality will designate a staff member to serve as the liaison to work with the applicant through the development application and permitting process.

Six Pillars Business Climate & Competitiveness Task Force
Planning & Zoning Best Practices White Paper

Where can you get more information? 

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration

Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion


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