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Planning & Zoning and Development Services

The Planning & Community Development Services Department is responsible for managing and coordinating the building, planning, zoning and floodplain management divisions of the City of Crystal River. 

The Building and Zoning Divisions assist property owners in understanding the applications required to facilitate approval, while meeting the objectives, of their project. While utilizing proactive planning practices based on adopted regulations and statutes, the department coordinates all land development activity in the city.  The department reviews applications for existing and new commercial and residential development projects, making recommendations for numerous processes including rezoning, conditional use, variance, site plan and subdivision applications.  These applications are reviewed for completeness and compliance with the Land Development Code (LDC) and the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Planning & Zoning Department also prepares and presents detailed information to the Planning Commission for a recommendation to the City Council. Additionally, the department addresses questions from the public and other government agencies about the City’s Land Development Regulations and procedures.

Comprehensive Plan Adopted September 12 2011 

Permit Fee Schedule


  • To facilitate high quality construction and maintenance of structures in the City.

  • Review construction plans and inspect construction sites for compliance with Florida Building Codes.

  • Maintain building records and plans for all development throughout the City.



  • To regulate development consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

  • Review all development applications pursuant to local, state and federal regulations.

    • Land Use & Zoning Changes

    • Variances

    • Annexations

    • Planned Unit Development (PUD) Approvals

    • Residential & Commercial Site Plan Review

    • Platting

    • Large & Small Comprehensive Plan Amendments

    • Plat Vacation & Abrogation of Roadways

  • Develop and refine policies and regulations to guide future growth and development.


The City of Crystal River participates in the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP's) Community Rating System (CRS) program to lower Flood Insurance rates for Crystal River residents. The NFIP CRS is a voluntary incentive program to recognize communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP to provide protection from flooding. In exchange for a community's proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings in the community.  KNOW YOUR RISK!




In the event of a hurricane with catastrophic flooding, remove the debris to keep from sustaining further damage.  Then contact the city building department to assist you with damage estimates, if your house or business  is below the required base flood elevations.


Brian Herrmann,

Planning and Zoning Director
Phone: 352-795-4216 x308
Fax: 352-795-6245

Eleanor Copeland, Permit Technician
Phone:  352-795-4216 x317
Fax:  352-795-6245

Jeanette Rehberg, Development Services Assistant

Phone:  352-795-4216 x306

Fax: 352-795-6245

Mark Jones, Building Official
Phone:  352-795-4216 x313

Cell: 407-230-3400
Fax:  352-795-6245

Ed Hollenbeck, Building Inspector

Cell:  352-634-0485

Fax:  352-795-6245


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City of Crystal River

123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

Ph: (352) 795-4216

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