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 newest option in ePlan services
Lee County Community Development has 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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Lot MowingNew code lowers grass violation to 12 inches

Lee County Commissioners adopted a new lot mowing ordinance on April 1, 2014. Some of the changes include establishing that a violation occurs when grass is greater than 12 inches in height over 50% of the parcel (the previous height was 16 inches). Property Owners will receive an invoice if the County sends multiple notices to the same property within a 12 month period, regardless of abatement. Click here to view the entire ordinance.

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Impact Fee Notice
The reduction in the collection rate on School, Regional Park, Community Park, and Road Impact fees is scheduled to expire on March 13, 2015.
• Permits for construction in the Village of Estero must be ISSUED by March 13, 2015 in order to pay at the reduced collection rates.
• Permits for construction in Unincorporated Lee County must be SUBMITTED by close of business (4:30pm) on March 13, 2015 and must be ISSUED by close of business on September 11, 2015 in order to pay at the reduced collection 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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