Landscape Plan

  • Prior to the issuance of any building permit for site development, a landscape plan shall be submitted
  • The plan for an individual single-family or duplex residence may be in the form of a plot or drawing prepared by the owner or his agent
  • The plan must

    • identify plants by species name
    • pot size and height
    • show location of the plant material to be installed or preserved on the site 

Single Family & Duplex

Each building site shall be provided with trees, shrubs and groundcovers and shall be landscaped to comply with the following standards:

  • For ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION - at least 75 percent of the trees and 50 percent of the shrubs used to fulfill these requirements shall be native Southern Florida species. 
  • 75 percent of the trees and shrubs used to fulfill these requirements shall be drought tolerant species 

 Native Southern FL Species


 Drought Tolerant Species

 75% Trees  50% Shrubs  75% Trees & Shrubs


Trees and Shrubs

  • All trees shall be at least 10-12 feet in height and 2.5 inches in DBH (or as approved by Zoning Official or designee) at the time of  installation
  • All shrubs shall be at least 3 gallons in container size and 2 feet in height for an upright growth habit shrub and 6-12 inches in height for a horizontal growth habit shrub. 

Building site requirements

  • One canopy (1) tree per every 4,000 square feet or portion thereof is required per building site
  • Canopy trees shall not be planted within ten (10) feet of the building footprint or adjoining lot line to accommodate growth
  • Two (2) approved palms as listed below may be substituted for each required canopy tree:

    • Sable (Cabbage) Palm, Sabal palmetto
    • Everglades Palm, Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
    • Florida Thatch Palm, Thrinax radiata

Tree Species Mix

Required Number of Trees

 Minimum Number of Species 

 3 - 10

 2 Species

 11 - 20

 3 Species

Shrub Requirements

  • One (1) shrub per five (5) linear feet of building frontage on any street
    • Structures with frontage on more than one street shall have one (1) shrub per every five (5) linear feet of frontage on each street
  • Entire building site must be completely covered with suitable groundcovers including but not limited to sod,  organic mulch and planting beds
  • No exposed soils shall be permitted       
  • Organic mulch may only be used as  permitted per Code and in no case may exceed ten percent (10%) of any yard unless specifically permitted herein
  • The use of rubberized pellets is specifically prohibited

Ground Cover Requirements

  • Groundcover plants shall be planted no more than 24 inches apart for one gallon pots or 12 inches apart for four-inch pots
  • Complete coverage must be maintained within six (6) months
  • Inspections shall be made at three-month intervals
  • Any areas with exposed soils at the end of six (6) months shall be covered with sod and maintained
  • All groundcovers must be maintained at a height of less than twelve (12) inches at all times
  • Wherever used, sod shall be installed with no gaps or overlaps, so as to present a finished appearance and  prohibit erosion of the planted area.
  • The use of any inorganic mulch, including, but not limited to pebbles or shells to cover the soil surface is not  recommended
  • Organic or inorganic mulch may only be used as necessary around trees and landscaped area and may not be used in lieu of sod or approved ground covers for lawn areas
  • Building sites exceeding ten percent (10%) organic mulch may be permitted based under the City’s Florida Friendly Landscape provisions




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