Group Home Policies & Procedures
Due to F.SS 4191(2), “homes of six or fewer residents which otherwise meet the definition of a community residential home shall be deemed a single-family unit and a noncommercial, residential use for the purpose of local laws and ordinances. Homes of six or fewer residents which otherwise meet the definition of a community residential home shall be allowed in single-family or multifamily zoning without approval by the local government, provided that such homes shall not be located within a radius of 1,000 feet of another existing such home with six or fewer residents.”
Due to the demands of the public, the Florida Healthcare Administration provides a proximity locator for all assisted living facilities/group homes within 1,000 feet. The Florida Healthcare Administration was primarily created by Chapter 20 of the Florida State Statute as the chief health policy and planning entity for the state to assist departments such as Children and Families who regulate licenses for ALFs and Group Homes.
- In order to ensure that a Group Home is not located 1,000 feet. near an existing home with six or fewer residents, please make sure to visit the Agency for Health Care Administration website.
- After you have visited the Agency for Health Care Administration website, please schedule an appointment to talk to the Building Official to comply with all Florida Building Code requirements before the issuance of a letter of compliance / zoning letter. You can contact the Building Department at 305-948-2965.
Please feel free to view the department's Group Home Developmental Standards (PDF) that complies with the municipality's zoning code and Florida State Statute regulations as well as contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 305-948-2966.