Why is this topic important to me?
The County cannot issue a building permit on a lot that was illegally created. The lot must be part of a subdivision, or created through a legal lot split, or be an approved Homestead Parcel (which was the only way to create a parcel as an exception to density and lot dimension requirements).
How can I find out if my lot is legal?
You can request a determination from the Community Development Department if you are in doubt that your lot was legally created. Simply send in a letter or an email with the lot address and parcel ID # and state that you want the Department to determine if the lot was legally created or not. If the lot has an existing residence or business, whether it is an illegal lot or not, the County will continue to issue permits for development of that lot.
I want to divide my lot, how can I find out if I am doing a legal lot split or not?
You can fill out the Lot Split Determination form and hand it in at the Community Development Department. The proposed lot split will be reviewed to make sure that it meets the requirements of the Code.
Definitions applicable to this Topic:
Abutting means any property that is immediately adjacent to, or contiguous with, or that is located immediately across from any street, canal, easement or water body, not to exceed 25 feet from the other property.
Division and dividing of land mean the act of describing, by metes and bounds, platting or otherwise, one or more parcels of land which are leer parcels of the original parcel or a recombination of leer parcels or original parcels with another parcel for the purpose of conveying any interest in a parcel of land. The act of describing, by metes and bounds, platting or otherwise, an easement for access or right-of-way purposes; the commencement of construction of a street, or a portion thereof, which is not platted.
Lot of record means a lot which is part of a plat which has been lawfully recorded in the plat books in the office of the clerk of the circuit court and is in compliance with F.S. ch. 177, or a parcel of land, the deed of which was lawfully recorded in the office of the clerk of the circuit court on or before the date the county land development regulations were adopted. [Note: The first land development regulation for Glades County adopted procedures for the subdivision of land. It was adopted February 1974, Ordinance 74-1. Therefore a lot of record is any division of land that occurred prior to that date which was recorded with the Clerk and any division of land subsequent to that date that met the requirements of that ordinance. The first Zoning Code was adopted was in August 1975, Ordinance 75-3, and this code included minimum lot dimensions for each zoning district.]
Lot split, conforming, means the division of a tract, parcel, or lot into only two lots (one new and the original), where each lot meets the dimensional standards for their zoning district and comprehensive plan; abuts a county maintained road which has been duly dedicated and accepted, and no new streets are created and there is no change in the length or alignment of an existing street; and no environmental resource permit is required.
Parent parcel means the original parcel from which subsequent parcels are created.
Simple subdivisions means the division of a tract, parcel, or lot into more than two lots, where each lot meets the dimensional standards for their zoning district and the comprehensive plan; abuts a county-maintained road which has been duly dedicated and accepted, and no new streets are created and there is no change in the length or alignment of an existing street; and no environmental resource permit is required.
Subdivision is a type of development. The term "subdivision" means the division of a parcel wherein the new parcel are required by F.S. ch. 177 to be platted.