Development Processes & Requirements

Site Plan Approval

Fees - Submittal Requirements - General Information - Building and Structures - Building Streets
and Sidewalks
- Stormwater - Dredge and Fill - Erosion Control - Soils - Limits of Flood Plain
Water & Sewer Facilities - Solid Waste - Landscaping - Wetlands - Existing Conditions

All site plan projects are being processed electronically by Seminole County Planning and Development.  In order to expedite this process, please consult our ePlan Review web page.  Along with uploading the Traffic Study to ePlan, one hard copy is required to be submitted.

Note: Once a project has been created, applicants are encouraged to upload their own documents and drawings from the convenience of their office.  If you choose to have Seminole County staff scan and upload your paper documents and drawings, submit only one set and there will be $5 per plan page or $5 per plat page fee for this service.
In the event an applicant decides to withdraw their application after it has been submitted, Seminole County will assess the refund amount based on the value of the service rendered.

The following is a brief outline of the requirements for submittal and approval of Site Plans for the development of apartments, warehouses, churches, retail centers, offices and other commercial type uses. The reader is advised to review the Seminole County Land Development Code for full technical specification, regulations and zoning requirements which shall be addressed in the Site Plan approval process.

For additional information pertaining to each to site plan requirements, please refer to the Site Plan Regulations, Chapter 40, of the Seminole County Land Development Code. Uncodified regulations may be found at this link.

Chapter 40 Municode link:

Substantial public responsibility is created by each new development, involving the maintenance of streets and drainage facilities, and the provision of additional public services. As the general welfare, health, safety, and convenience of the community are thereby directly affected by the development of land, it is in the direct interest of the public that site development be conceived, designed, and developed in accordance with minimum standards of the Land Development Code and in accordance with sound engineering practices.

It is advisable that the applicant, his engineer and architect meet for a Pre-Application meeting with the Development Review Committee (DRC) to discuss the proposed development prior to submitting a formal application.

An approved site plan is required prior to the issuance of any building permits. It shall be considered unlawful for any person to construct, erect, or alter a building or structure or to develop, change, or improve land for which a site plan is required except in accordance with an approved site plan.

The Development Review Committee shall meet to review site plans that encompass buildings and paving area of twenty-five hundred (2,500) square feet or more for compliance with site plan requirements. The applicant or his designee shall be invited to meet with the Development Review Committee in their review of the plan. The assigned Planning & Development Division project manager shall inform the applicant by letter of the recommendations, which were received from the Development Review Committee.

Upon site plan approval and issuance of a building permit, the development shall be built in accordance with the approved site plan and site plan regulations.

Applications submitted to the Development Review Committee must be in accordance to Chapter 40 of the Seminole County Land Development Code.  Any incomplete submittals will not be accepted for Development Review Committee or staff’s review.

Any questions regarding the submittal of the site plan please refer to the Seminole County Land Development Code or contact the Planning & Development Division (407) 665-7371.

Submittal Requirements

  • Complete sets of Site Plan: All site plan projects are being processed electronically by Seminole County Planning and Development.  In order to expedite this process, please consult our ePlan Review web page.  Applicants can also submit any other application type electronically if they so choose. 
  • Stormwater Calculations
  • Soils Report (if applicable)
  • Lift Station Calculations (if applicable)
  • Site Plan Application & Application Fee
  • Concurrency Application (whichever is applicable) & Review Fee
  • Residential Projects Only: A dated copy of School Impact Analysis submitted to the School Board.

PDF Application for Site Plan Review (PDF)

General Information

  • Name of Project
  • Statement of intended use of site
  • Legal Description of the property and size of parcel in acres or square feet
  • Name, Address, Telephone Number and Fax Number of:
    • Owner or Owners of record
    • Engineer (plans must be sealed by a Registered Engineer)
    • Applicant and Firm
  • Vicinity Map, showing relationship of proposed development to the surrounding streets and thoroughfares.
  • Date, North Arrow and Scale, Number of Sheets (scale shall be no smaller than 1 (one) inch to fifty (50) feet)
  • All Existing & Proposed Building Restriction Lines (i.e. highway setback lines, easements, covenants, right-of-ways, and building setbacks, if different than those specified by the Zoning Regulations)
  • Site Dimensions & Setbacks to Property Lines
  • Existing Topography with a maximum of 1 (one) foot contour intervals
  • Finished Grade Elevations
  • Adjacent Driveways, Curbcuts, or Street Intersections
  • Utility Lines (size & types)
  • Hydrant Location or Storage Tanks
  • Landscape & Irrigation Plans
  • Handicap Accessibility

Building and Structures

  • Intended Use
  • Number of Stories
  • Height of Building
  • Number of Dwelling Units and Density for Multi-Family Site Plans
  • Projected Number of Employees
  • If Restaurant, show Number of Seats & Occupancy Load
  • Square footage for Proposed Development – gross square footage, non-storage area, square footage of each story, gross square footage of sales area, etc.
  • Photograph or Sketch of Proposed Sign

Streets, Sidewalks, Driveways, Parking Areas, and Loading Spaces

  • Engineering Plans and Specifications for Streets, Sidewalks, and Driveways
  • All Parking Spaces Designated
  • Number of Parking Spaces
  • Number and Location of Handicapped Spaces
  • Number and Designation of Loading Spaces
  • Number of square feet of Paved Parking and Driveway Area
  • Surface Materials of Driveways
  • Cross-sections at fifty (50) foot intervals or greater for off-site improvements as recommended by the Seminole County Engineer
  • Fire Lanes
  • Location of Proposed Driveway(s) and Median Cut(s)
  • Internal Traffic Circulation Plan, including directional arrows, and signs to direct traffic flow
  • Location of Traffic Control Signs and Signal Devices
  • Designate Location of Sidewalks
  • Coordinate Walkways, Driveways, etc., with facilities in adjacent developments
  • All Proposed Streets and Alleys
  • The Extension or Construction of Service Roads and Access thereto on-site must be shown where applicable


Engineering Plans and Specifications for collection and treatment of Storm Drainage, including a description of the Preservation of any Natural Features, such as lakes, and streams or other natural features.

Dredge and Fill

If any dredging or filling operation is intended in development area, application shall be made to the Planning & Development Division. No such work shall be done prior to issuance of such permit.(Click here for application, check box on 2nd page)

Erosion Control

Provisions for the adequate control for erosion and sediment, indicating the location and description of the methods to be utilized during and after all phases of clearing, grading, and construction.


Soil classification map as an overlay for comparison with proposed development activities. Indicate soil classification on the site plan as identified by the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service in the “Seminole County Soil Survey Supplement” and “Soil Survey Supplement.” An applicant may challenge this designation by securing competent expert evaluation, at the applicant’s own expense, demonstrating that the identified soils are not classified correctly. If required, A soil analysis by a qualified soil engineer shall be furnished upon request. 

Limits of Flood Plain

Indicate flood elevation for 100-year flood on the site plan as established by the United States Geological Survey Map series entitled, “Map of Flood Prone Areas” or “Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)”. An applicant may challenge this designation by securing competent expert evaluation, at the applicant’s own expense, demonstrating that his property does not fall within the designated flood delineation. If said expert determines that the property in question is not within a flood-prone area, and said determination is concurred by the Seminole County Engineer or his designee, said property shall be designated as non-flood prone.

Proposed Water and Sewer Facilities

Water: Size, material, and location of water mains, plus valves and fire hydrants, plus engineering plans and specifications.

Sanitary Sewer Systems: Size, material, and location of lines plus engineering plans and specifications, with submittal of a profile where required.

Solid Waste

Location(s) and access provisions for refuse service, including pad screening, fencing, and landscaping.

Landscaping, Arbor, Recreation, and Open Space

Landscape plan, irrigation systems plan, and provision for maintenance. Include size, type, and location of all landscaping, screens, walls, fences, and buffers.

Recreation and open space areas, if applicable.


Wetlands area shall be delineated by survey certified by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor following field verification of boundaries by the Natural Resources Officer or his designee or their successors.

Existing Conditions

  • Driveways and median cuts
  • Sidewalks, streets, alleys, and easements (note widths and type)
  • Drainage systems to include natural and structural (size and materials, invert elevation)
  • Size and location nearest water mains, valves, and fire hydrants
  • Sanitary sewer systems (size, invert elevations, etc., to be included)
  • Gas, power, and telephone lines and utility poles, where available

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