Community Development Building




Welcome to the Lee County
Department of Community Development


Our Mission, through the services we provide, is to:

  • Promote orderly growth and a healthy environment through planning.
  • Implement state & local growth guidelines through the Lee Plan and Land Development Code.
  • Protect the public by enforcing building codes and other safety mandates.
  • Provide courteous, timely, and efficient service to the public.


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Abandoned Property Registration
Registration has begun for properties meeting the criteria of abandoned improved property in unincorporated Lee County.  Learn about the new Abandoned Properties ordinance and registration program by clicking here.
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eCheck option in ePlan services
Lee County Community Development launched eCheck, an electronic option for making online payments via a personal or corporate checking account.  eCheck is offered in addition to the existing online credit card payment option.  Click here to learn more about our ePlan services. 
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Sea Turtle nesting season May 1 - Oct. 31

Sea turtle nesting season officially begins May 1 here in Lee County and most of Florida.  Two months later, the tiny hatchlings will emerge from the sand. Both adult sea turtles and their hatchlings use the seaward horizon as their guiding light and may be lured away from the water by artificial light visible from the beach. Click here to learn more.

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Impact Fee Notice
A reminder that permits applied for by the close of business on March 13, 2015 for construction in Unincorporated Lee County must be issued by the close of business on September 11, 2015 in order to pay at the 20% collection rate that applies to permits making both the application and issuance deadline.  Any permit applied for by March 13, 2015 that is not issued by September 11, 2015 will be subject to increased impact fee rates.
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2010 Florida Building Code

Building code updates effective June 30, 2015

Building permit applications must comply with the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) as of June 30, 2015.
Master plans on file with the Community Development Department must be updated to the new code.  Plans submitted on or after June 30, 2015 must be certified as meeting the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014).
For details about the new code, go to
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New Lee County Website Design Coming Soon!

Lee County is launching a new website on Wednesday, May 13. The website address,, won’t change. But it will have an updated look, refreshed content, new features and a mobile-friendly design that automatically resizes to fit any device. Please read our FAQ about the transition to the new website.

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