The Development Services Department provides professional inspection, plans review, mapping, planning and zoning services to the citizens of Escambia County in accordance with the Florida Building Code and the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to maintain quality and sustainable growth within Escambia County. Its divisions include Building Inspections, Development Review, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Planning & Zoning.
The Building Inspections Division conducts plan review and inspection services to ensure the integrity of all new buildings and major improvements to existing structures built in the unincorporated areas of the county and to ensure that all residential and commercial construction is in compliance with state and local building requirements.
The Development Review Division reviews plans for compliance with the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan and issues Development Orders for construction projects.
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The Planning & Zoning Division is responsible for project management, oversight and resource coordination for planning related projects for the Development Services Department. The division also prepares analysis for Comprehensive Plan Amendments and ordinances for changes to the Land Development Code.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is responsible for the management and technical aspects relating to the county-wide enterprise GIS and the overall planning, management, and completion of GIS projects and technical implementations including the IMAGiNE multi-participant Geographic Information System in which the Property Appraiser, City of Pensacola and ECUA are participants. The maps and field-collected data combined can be used to assist in decision-making process for local government, developers, utilities and a wide variety of other agencies. The GIS office is also responsible for assigning addresses in the county.