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Group Home Unit

A dwelling unit licensed by the State of Florida Department of Children and Family Services which serves resident clients and which provides a living environment for not more than 6 unrelated residents who operate as a functional equivalent of a family.

What is a Group Home? A dwelling unit licensed by the State of Florida (State) to serve resident clients and which provides a living environment for not more than 6 unrelated residents who operate as a functional equivalent of a family. Supervisory and supportive staff as may be necessary to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of the resident clients shall be excluded in said count (Miami-Dade County Zoning Code, Section 33-1[53.1])*.

A group home shall be permitted in a dwelling unit provided:

  • That the total number of resident clients on the premises not exceeds 6 in number.
  • That the operation of the facility be licensed by the State and a Zoning Improvement Permit (ZIP) be obtained from the Regulatory & Economic Resources Department.
  • That the structure used for a group home shall be located at least 1,000 feet from another existing, unabandoned legally established group home.

How do I obtain a license and a Zoning Improvement Permit (ZIP) for a Group Home?

  • You will need to request in writing a zoning verification letter from the Regulatory & Economic Resources Department located at 111 NW 1st Street, 11th Floor.  For further information, including the appropriate fee, call (305) 375-2800.
  • If the zoning verification letter indicates that there are no existing group homes within 1,000 feet of the subject property, then you may apply for a ZIP at the Permitting and Inspection Center located at 11805 SW 26th Street. For further information, call (786) 315-2650.
  • Complete the ZIP application form (green, not the yellow form) and attach spacing verification letter.  The ZIP category for a group home is 0019. Submit application at the Permitting and Inspection Center located at 11805 SW 26 Street (Coral Way), windows 9-18. A process number will be assigned once application is accepted. 
  • The Departments of Regulatory & Economic Resources Department and Fire will conduct a zoning and fire inspection, respectively, to verify if the site complies with all zoning and fire prevention requirements. If the inspection is approved, you will be issued a ZIP.
  • However, if the zoning verification letter indicates that the subject property is within 1,000 feet of another existing, unabandoned, legally established group home, then you may seek to obtain approval as a special exception after public hearing by submitting an application to the Zoning Hearings Section located at 111 NW 1st Street, 11th Floor.  For further information, call (305) 375-2800.
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