Important COVID-19 Operational Updates

Outdoor Temporary Use Permits (TUPs)

Consistent with social distancing requirements and to assist in the reopening and economic recovery of local businesses, Sarasota County’s Planning and Development Services Department is implementing streamlined administrative procedures for Temporary Use and Tent Permits for restaurants conducting outdoor dining and outdoor display at retail businesses.

Any restaurant or retail business planning to conduct outdoor services can obtain an Outdoor Dining and Retail Display Temporary Use and Tent Permit. The Approval Packet is available in the Document Library below.

Email the packet to for electronic approval that includes standard provisions to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. This approval will be processed within 24 hours.

Zoning staff is available to assist with questions or issues by phone (941-861-6161 or 941-365-6516) or email (

Additional information is available in the Documents Library below.

Zoning is responsible for the oversight of the Code of Ordinances for Sarasota County. This system of land use regulations classifies how land can be used, prescribing standards for its development by:

  • Helping to protect public and private interests
  • Preserve critical areas
  • Promote orderly growth
  • Encourage development in keeping with community desires

Land Development is responsible for reviews and inspections for all horizontal construction related to new development in Sarasota County, including:

  • Roads
  • Sidewalks
  • Water and Sewer
  • Stormwater Systems

Unified Development Code (UDC)

The Sarasota County Commission adopted the new Unified Development Code (UDC) on November 27, 2018 with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The UDC updated and combined the county’s Land Development Regulations (former Chapter 74 of the County Code) and Zoning Regulations (former Appendix A of the County Code).

Document Library

Land Use

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