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Planning for Broward County's Future

As Broward County celebrates its Centennial, we’re looking towards Broward’s future, ensuring it will thrive for the next 100 years! With 1.8 million residents and 11 million visitors annually, we’ve got a lot to plan for! Working with you and our 31 municipalities, our goal is to review Broward County’s Land Use and Comprehensive Plans to make sure they reflect our current and anticipated growth and priorities. These priorities include things like transit, affordable housing, climate change and economic development. Let your voice be heard and help us plan Broward County’s future!


County Launches ePermits Website and Electronic Processing
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About Us

The Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department was created in 2008 when Broward County merged its urban redevelopment and planning functions with those of environmental protection, emergency management and consumer protection. The consolidation created a combined pool of talent and resources that will enable Broward County to address the issues and opportunities of our community with efficiency, creativity and innovation.

The mission of the Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department is to safeguard lives, natural resources and property of residents and visitors by providing for natural resource planning, management and protection, planning for appropriate land use/housing patterns and establishing an incident command system and emergency operations plans, enforcing environmental, development and construction regulations and providing for consumer protection.

We accomplish this through the work of seven divisions:

  • Animal Care and Adoption
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting
  • Environmental Planning and Community Resilience
  • Housing Finance and Community Redevelopment
  • Planning and Development Management
  • Pollution Prevention

These divisions interface regularly with other local, state and/or federal jurisdictions to ensure timely implementation of the County's strategic plan for public protection, construction of public infrastructure, natural habitat enhancement and protection, effective legislation and support of the Board of County Commission vision and goals.

Our business plan addresses the issues and challenges of our current environment, including: changes in demographics and the economy, the potential for natural disasters, increasing use of the internet for retail purchases of goods and services, concerns about land availability, lack of affordable housing and an increase in housing prices, continued violation of environmental laws, and limited financial resources.

Strategic Business Plan 

Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department FY 2014-2016 Strategic Business Plan (PDF)

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