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RU-5A – Semi-Professional Office District

This zoning district permits Semi-Professional Office use as well as day nurseries, kindergarten and after school care facilities:

  • Shed
  • Semi-Professional Office

RU-5A - Diagram

What is Zoning? Zoning controls the use and development of land and buildings for the health, welfare and safety of the community. 

What is Setback? A setback is the required minimum horizontal distance between the front, sides, and rear of the lot to the building.

 What is Lot Coverage? It is the percentage of the overall area of the site that the building occupies (building area under roof at ground level/total lot area = lot coverage percentage).

What is Floor Area Ratio? It is the floor area of the building or buildings on any lot divided by the area of the lot (total floor area /total lot area = floor area ratio)

Can I have a retail use in the RU-5A district? No, only semi-professional office uses such as an accounting office or a doctor’s office are permitted in this district. See Section 33-223.6 of the Miami-Dade County Zoning Code for specific uses permitted.

Can I operate an office in conjunction with a single family residence? Yes, see Section 33-223.10(d).

Maximum Lot Coverage: Maximum lot coverage shall be 40% of net lot area.

Minimum Lot Area, Frontage: Minimum area of land shall be not less than 10,000 square feet, having a minimum frontage of 75 feet. 

Building Height and # of Stories, Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and Open Space

The maximum height of any structure in this district shall be 2 stories but not to exceed 24 feet. FAR shall not exceed .40 at 1 story and .60 at 2 stories. Minimum 25% open space required. Landscaping and trees required shall be as per Chapter 18A of the Miami-Dade County Code.

Principal Building Setbacks

  • Front     25’
  • Rear       25’
  • Interior side       15’
  • Side street          15’

Type of Building Permitted

The building(s) to be erected shall be without store fronts or display windows.

Fences, Walls and Hedges

Maximum height permitted        6’*

A decorative masonry wall or wood fence compatible with the main structure, 5 feet in height, shall be erected along all interior property lines including the rear property line.  In the event that the rear property line abuts a secondary street, the rear wall shall be set in 10 feet from the official right-of-way and said 10-foot strip shall then be landscaped.  Further, if the interior side property line abuts property zoned RU-5, RU-5A or a more liberal zoning district, the requirement for a wall along said common interior property line shall not apply.

* In certain instances, the height may be limited to 2.5’ for visibility at intersections or within 10’ of either side of driveway. 

The regulations contained herein are general in nature and are subject to change as deemed necessary by the Board of County Commissioners. It is advisable to contact Regulatory & Economic Resources Department at (305) 375-2800 to ascertain whether more restrictive regulations may apply to specific developments.

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