Resilient Environment

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Resilient Environment Department​

​The mission of the department is to further the resilience of individuals, built environment natural resources, and economy of Broward County,  by providing for climate mitigation and adaptation planning, natural resource planning, management and protection, planning for appropriate land use patterns and housing mix, enforcing environmental, development and construction regulations, animal care protection and adoption services, and providing for consumer protection. 

The department has a Resilience Unit and seven divisions:

The Animal Care Division is key to promote responsible pet ownership and community safety, reunite the lost, rescue the neglected, increase adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation through innovative programs and services.​ Programs include the Foster Care ProgramSNIP Program, the Community Cat Management Program, and Volunteer Programs . This division plays a key role in the well being of dogs and cats with the public.

The Building Code Division regulates construction in unincorporated Broward County and also cities we contract with conform to the Florida Building Code and all other laws, ordinances, resolutions and regulations regarding construction, code enforcement, unsafe structure/minimum housing regulations, and elevator safety. Mandates in Chapter 399 of the Florida State Statutes regarding elevator safety are monitored and strictly enforced. Regulation of all trades and occupations associated with the installation, repair, alteration, design or modification of electrical, plumbing, liquefied petroleum gas, mechanical systems, building construction industry; and engineered construction, as mandated by the Florida Statutes and Chapter 9 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.​

Consumer Protection Division

The Consumer Protection Division are the advocates for the public. They provide information on Child Care LicensingConsumer Affairs and Enforcement Administration, including disability assistance, auto repair, movers, taxicabs, illegal towing and vehicles for hire. Learn about the Consumer Bill of Rights and how to file a consumer complaint.​ They regulate Childcare Facility Licensing & Enforcement, enforce Consumer Protection and Environmental Regulations and work with the Consumer Protection Board.​ Have a complaint?​


Environmental Permitting Division

The Environmental Permitting Division protects public health, safety, and welfare by administering and enforcing rules, policies and ordinances affecting​ air, water, aquatic, wetland, wellfields, storage tanks, hazardous materials and tree resources of Broward County, including restoration of the environment. 

Natural Resources​ Division

The Natural Resources Division coordinates strategies focused on urban and natural systems and protects, restores, and enhances the County's natural resources through activities targeting water conservation and planning, urban and natural lands management, air quality planning and protection, beach and marine resources, energy and sustainability, and environmental monitoring.  ​

 The division works closely with ​the NatureScape project, Sea TurtlesManateesMooring Buoy Program and the King Tide monitoring. Sponsored outreach events include Water Matters Day.​

Housing Finance Division

The Housing Finance Division is responsible for administering the housing programs of both the Housing Finance Authority of Broward County, Florida, and the Broward County Commission. Developer programs provide qualified developers with direct financial assistance for the acquisition and purchase of vacant land or structures designated to be developed into affordable housing for the Broward County residents.​ Home Buyer programs are to assist first time home buyers and assist in second mortgages.

Urban Planning Division

The Urban Planning Division provides countywide planning, development management and GIS services. The division also provides information on BrowardNEXT, Census 2020, Transportation Planning and Historic Pre​servation. It also provide zoning and code enforcement services for businesses and residents in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD).​

The Department is charged with leading planning efforts and steering projects to urgently mitigate climate change and its impacts, including measures to advance clean energy solutions, address the local impacts of sea level rise, reduce emissions, and protect against economic inequities. By implementing these actions, Broward County offers a greener, more sustainable, and climate-resilient community.

Our strategies include modeling vulnerabilities and analyzing risks, thoughtful planning, informing sound public policies, convening support through stakeholder involvement, and implementing projects and economic investments.​


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