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Certificate of Use for an Agricultural District Plant Nursery or Tree Nursery

The Certificate of Use assures that the business is allowed in the zoning district where it is located.

How to apply

To apply for a Certificate of Use for a retail or wholesale plant nursery or tree nursery, submit a completed C.U. application form and a detailed site plan showing the legal description of the property, the size and dimensions of the property, the street(s) upon which the property is located, all structures, setbacks, parking spaces, the plant sales area and whether the plants are in pots, in the ground, or both.

Additionally, the address and folio number of the property must be provided on the plan. If the property is vacant, see Zoning Plans Processing at the Miami-Dade Permitting and Inspection Center to have an address assigned to the site.

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Required setbacks

Pursuant to Sections 33-279 and 33-282, Miami-Dade Zoning Code:

  • Horticultural nursery buildings shall comply with accessory building setbacks, except that no minimum spacing need be provided between such structures on the same property and except that agricultural shade houses may be constructed to within 30' of the front property line.
  • The minimum setbacks for accessory buildings are 75' from the front property line, 7 1/2' from the rear property line, 20' between buildings, 20' from interior side property lines, and 30' from a side street property line.
  • Parking: The parking area (Sections 33-124 and 33-132) must be hard compacted and have bumper stops. No parking is to back out into the street. The parking spaces must be provided at a rate of 8 spaces for the first acre and 1 space for each additional 2 acres up to 10 acres and then one parking space for each additional 5 acres.
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Application Review Process

Required setbacks Review Process:

  • Submit the plans to the Public Works on the 14th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center for dedication of right-of-way. Call 305-375-4656 regarding that process.
  • Submit the completed C.U. application and plans to the Zoning Permits Section. The site plan will be reviewed by a Zoning Plans Processor to ensure compliance with zoning requirements. Once the plan is approved, a zoning inspection will be scheduled.

  • Environmental Resource Management must also review the plans. Contact that office at 786-315-2800 for further instructions.

Note: A plant nursery business may provide tree or plant installation as an ancillary use, provided the planting material so installed is grown at the subject nursery, and the maintenance related to the material planted is limited to the time necessary for the plant material to take root. A landscape maintenance company (cutting grass, planting, etc.) is not a permitted use in the Agricultural (AU) District.

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Where to apply

Miami Dade Permitting and Inspection Center
Zoning Permit Section
11805 SW 26th St. (Coral Way) 33175
Phone 786-315-2660

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Page Last Edited: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:57:15 AM

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