On January 7, 2019, the Town Commission adopted Ordinance 2018-19, establishing a new program that will allow owners of property that may be considered “nonconforming” to potentially become certified as legally allowed to be rebuilt. Nonconforming uses are parcels, structures or uses of land that do not conform to the current Zoning Regulations for the zoning district in which they are located. These parcels may contain more units on a given property than would otherwise be allowed by a site’s zoning district or contain structures that do not meet existing zoning district requirements.
What is a certificate of built conditions, and why is it helpful?
The Commission established this program called, “Certificate of Built Conditions,” to address potential influences that might impede the reconstruction of many buildings and structures in the Town of Longboat Key, that were built prior to the adoption of Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code changes that occurred in 1984. Many existing multifamily and tourism buildings within the Town that were built prior to 1984 are currently considered nonconforming.
How do I apply, and what is the cost?
The program is provided at no cost for review, other than a small recording fee to have the certification recorded with each county’s (Manatee and Sarasota County) property records.
Residents or business owners who believe their properties may not conform to current regulations and would like to seek certification should contact the Planning, Zoning and Building Department (please see contact information below). A staff member will be able to discuss further the certification process and provide assistance with information that would be required to submit an application for review.
Where can I find a copy of the Application?
Certificate of Built Conditions Application
For Additional Information please contact:
Town of Longboat Key
Planning, Zoning & Building Department