Planning, Zoning and Permitting Department


The purpose of this program is to provide general planning services and administration of building permitting, inspections and code enforcement programs. This program provides for many highly technical processes and procedures mandated by Florida Law including: the processing of land use plan amendments: zoning amendments: variance and conditional use requests: intergovernmental coordination: development agreements: vacation of rights-of-way: establishment of new easements: site plan and plat review: preparation and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the associated land development regulations necessary to implement the adopted Comprehensive Plan.

This program provides direct technical support to the Local Planning Agency, the Planning and Zoning Board, the Board of Adjustments and the City Commission

As of March, 2020, the Pinellas County Building Services Department has assumed the role of the Building Department for the City of Indian Rocks Beach. All mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and roofing permit requests, which do not require review by the City of Indian Rocks Beach, would be secured from Pinellas County Building Services, at 440 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida, PH: (727) 464-3888.


Permits that require approval from the City prior to submitting to the County:

  • New construction
  • Additions
  • Enclosing a garage or porch

Please fill out the Land Development Review Application and email along with the building and site plan. Once the review is complete, the approved application will be sent to you for inclusion in your building permit submittal to Pinellas County. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Harmon.

Permits that will require zoning approval and flood information from the City prior to submitting to the County

  • Interior remodels that include adding bedrooms
  • Pools or spas
  • Any changes to existing permits – adding square footage or changing the building footprint
  • Wireless cell towers
  • Mechanical, air conditioning, solar, generators, electrical equipment, and associated structures in the side yard setbacks
  • Window / door replacement
  • Replacement of water heater
  • Electrical service upgrades
  • Interior remodel of bath or kitchen
  • Solar panels
  • Siding or deck/handrail replacement
  • Wireless antenna replacement
  • Plumbing
  • Gas (LP/Natural)

Please email the building and site plan and you will receive approval via email which you will submit to Pinellas County along with your building permit application. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Harmon.