Subdivision Plan Approval Procedures

Minor Plat Subdivision Procedure Summary

Minor Plats MUST meet the requirements of Seminole County Land Development Code Chapter 35 Subdivision Regulations Section 35.122. It is highly recommended that a preliminary evaluation be completed prior to any minor plat application to ensure that the basic requirements for a minor plat can be met. (Preliminary Evaluation Form (PDF) )

Parcels of record may apply for the minor plat process if property is to be divided into four residential lots or less or two non-residential lots or less and the following conditions are met: each lot created will have a minimum of 20 feet of lot frontage abutting a public right-of-way that meets county standards; the development of the parcel would require no additional facility improvements to potable water, sanitary sewer, drainage or roads; and requirements of the Seminole County Land Development Code relative to conceptual and development plans are waived by the Planning & Development Division Manager or designee. Only one minor plat is permitted per parcel of record. Not all plats are required to be formally reviewed by the Development Review Committee. The County’s assigned project manager will coordinate with the applicant to determine if a formal meeting is necessary.

Once a plat application has been found acceptable after review by staff, it is scheduled for the next available Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Board of County Commissioners usually meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Plats are placed on the consent agenda which is normally considered in the morning session by the Commission.

After the County Commission approves the plat, staff will obtain the Chairman’s signature and schedule an appointment to meet the applicant at the Clerk of Courts to record the plat and any ancillary documents. All recording fees are paid by the applicant.

The following is an abbreviated summary of the requirements that are necessary to complete in order to record a minor plat in Seminole County, Florida.

For additional information pertaining to each of these requirements and steps, please refer to the Subdivision Regulations, Chapter 35, of the Seminole County Land Development Code

Minor Plat Application

Application for Subdivision Plan Review

Concurrency Review Application

Link to required forms:

Ownership Disclosure Form
Owner Authorization Form (if needed)

  1. Minor Plat Application with Application fee 
  2. Application for Concurrency Review with required fee. ($250.00)
  3. Submittal the Final Plat at the scale of 1” = 50’ (smaller scale requires prior approval from Planning & Development Division.) Prepared in accordance with Florida Statutes Chapter 177, Part I, Platting. )
  4. Residential Projects only: A dated Copy of School Impact Analysis submitted to the School Board.

    The plat shall include but not be limited to the following:

    1. Title Block: Name of subdivision, Section, Township, and Range and the words “Seminole County, Florida.” Subdivision names are subject to approval by County Staff. Submit potential names to the assigned project manager within the Planning & Development Division for approval.
    2. Legal Description: Complete with all appropriate information.
    3. Vicinity Map: Showing relationship between the proposed development and the surrounding areas.
    4. Legend: Definition of all symbols stated and graphic scale and north arrow.
    5. Dedication: To be executed by all entities having a record interest in the property.
    6. Certificates of Approval by Governing Bodies: Signature blocks for execution by the County Surveyor, Board of County Commissioners and Clerk of the Circuit Court.
    7. Lots: Showing location, dimensions and lot numbers of proposed lots.
    8. Easements: as needed, including total dimensions, labels for use and dedications.
    9. Streets: The right-of-way lines, centerlines, pavement widths, radii, central angle, arcs and names of all streets.
    10. Waterbodies: Location and width of canals and waterways.
    11. Adjacent Data: Names, locations, Plat Book and Page Information for abutting streets and subdivisions
  5. The Boundary Survey prepared by a Florida Professional Survey and Mapper drawn to a reasonable scale on one sheet and showing:
  1. Legend: Name and address of the Owner/Developer and property address, legal description, scale, total acreage to be divided, current zoning, development data including water and sewer service, setbacks and total number of lots.
  2. Location Map: Showing the relationship between the proposed property for development and surrounding public roads and public facilities.
  3. Roads: The name, location, and right-of-way width of all existing streets which abut the proposed subdivision and existing easements on the property, and location of all existing driveways and median openings in the vicinity. Include pavement width and location and type of material such as asphalt or dirt.
  4. Structures: Dwellings, out buildings, wells, septic tanks, utility poles, overhead lines and underground markers, etc.
  5. Parcels: Lot layout showing location, dimensions and lot numbers of the lots being created.
  6. Easements: Show all easements affecting the property.
  7. Soil Type and drainage information drawn on the survey so that determination may be made of suitability of lots for building construction and septic tank use, and to demonstrate that natural or man-made drainageways or ditches will not be obstructed.
  8. Topography: Depicting contours, water bodies, wetlands, and drainageways.
  9. Limits of Flood Plain: Indicate actual flood elevation drawn on the face of the plan for 100 year flood, as obtained from the Seminole County Flood Plain Coordinator and established by the United States Geological Survey Map entitled “Map of Flood Areas” or FEMA “Flood Insurance Rate Map.” OR Include a note stating the property is not within a special flood hazard area.
  1. Ancillary documents to be submitted:
    1. Utility Letters: Letters from the telephone and power utility companies stating that the easements as shown on the plat are adequate for their purposes.
    2. Certificate of Title: Dated within 30 days of submittal. Submit one original and 3 copies. Provide copies of easement documents referenced in the title opinion. If matters affecting building permit issuance are contained in the title opinion these shall be addressed on the plat or other appropriate method.
    3. Addressing Fee: To be coordinated through Addressing Division at (407) 665-7391.
    4. Mortgagee Joinder: If applicable. Preferably placed on the plat or may be a separate instrument joining in the plat to be recorded at the time of plat recording. Joinder and Consent(pdf)
    5. Tax Receipt: Property Tax receipt for the subject parcel(s) clearly indicating taxes are paid and current. Contact Seminole County Tax Collector, first floor Seminole County Services Building, 1101 East First Street, Sanford, Florida. 407-665-7641 or 407-665-7642.
    6.  Avigation Easement: If applicable. Property will require if it is within the Avigation Easement Overlay. Avigation Easement (pdf)

Effective July 1, 1998, the County Surveyor's Certificate and Signature block shall be included on the Final Plat. The certificate shall read:


"I have reviewed this plat and find it to be in conformity with Chapter 177 Florida Statutes."

(1/2 inch minimum spacing between signature line and certificate)

Raymond Phillips
License #7015
County Surveyor for Seminole County, Florida

DATE: __________________________________

Please submit all required submittals to:

Planning & Development Division
Seminole County Services Building
1101 East First Street
2nd Floor, West Wing
Sanford, Florida 32771