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Single-Family Residence Uses

Certain uses are not allowed in single-family residences.

Permitted uses

  • One-family residence, including a private garage.
  • Servants’ quarters, only upon approval after public hearing.
  • A business telephone will be permitted, provided no truck, heavy equipment or similar vehicle is kept on the property and no storage or any other business activity is carried on.
  • Workforce housing units in compliance with Article XII-A of the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances.
  • Golf courses.
  • Municipal recreation buildings, playgrounds, parks or reservations owned and operated by a municipality, county, state or the United States Government.
  • Non-commercial pigeon lofts, provided the pigeons are housed in a structure meeting the requirements of the Florida Building Code and accessory structure requirements.
  • Private recreation area, private recreation building or playground owned and maintained by a homeowner’s or tenant association, provided it is approved in conjunction with approval of the subdivision at time of site plan approval or plat.
  • Non-commercial boat piers or slips for docking of private watercraft incidental to an existing residential use, except houseboats without power.
  • A family day care and after-school care for children is permitted upon compliance with the conditions of Section 33-199 of the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances.
  • A group home is permitted upon compliance with the conditions of Section 33-199 of the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances.
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Prohibited uses

  • Bee hives or the breeding or raising of any insects, reptiles or animals other than customary pets.
  • The keeping, breeding or maintaining of horses, cattle or goats.
  • The raising of poultry or fowl, including but not limited to chickens, roosters, or ducks.
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Illegal single-family residential uses are subject to the issuance of a Courtesy Warning Notice.

Both the tenant and property owner may receive notices in connection with enforcement. However, the property owner is ultimately responsible for compliance.

Failure to comply will result in a ticket in accordance with Chapter 8CC of the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances.

Penalties accrue and a lien may be placed on the property if the fines, enforcement costs and administrative costs are not paid or the violation not corrected.

Additional time for compliance may be granted on Courtesy Warning Notices. Call the Neighborhood Regulations office at 786-315-2552 to request an extension.

Ticket amounts:

  • $510: first offense
  • $1,010: subsequent offense
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Page Last Edited: Thu Feb 2, 2017 5:40:04 PM
Neighborhood/Building Enforcement

Contact Us

To report a possible neighborhood code violation
Call 311 or email [email protected].

For more information
Call the Neighborhood Regulations Division at 786-315-2552.


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