PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
LAND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION
CITY OF TAMPA
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE DESIGN EXCEPTION 2 APPLICATION
NOTE: Please be aware that these guidelines are provided as a guide to assist you in submitting your Written Determination for an
Alternative Design Exception -2 application. These guidelines are derived from Chapter 27 Zoning
and City Policy.
**INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED NOR PROCESSED.**
Please do not submit an application that staff can not review within the confines of the Code.
PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY
I. PRE-APPLICATION COUNSELING
Prior to submittal of an Alternative Design Exception 2 application, it is recommended that the applicant schedule a counseling
session with a staff member from the Land Development Coordination Division, either in person or via the phone. This is to clarify
the request and eligibility of the request.
II. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
(ALL FORMS MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN OR NEATLY PRINTED, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
Application Fee is $138.50
Bank or business check, or money order payable to the City of Tampa; MasterCard/Visa/DISCOVER/AMEX
PERSONAL CHECKS and CASH ARE NOT ACCEPTED
Exhibit A/B Please complete all information on these forms.
Exhibit C Affidavit to apply for a zoning code related application and authorized agent for an application to the City of Tampa.
Additional required items for submittal: One site plan, drawn to scale, showing the alternative design exception. Please note that this
is a different application process from a building permit and LDC will need a site plan. Site plans submitted as part of a building permit
application may not be available in Accela.
III. SUBMITTAL OF AN APPLICATION
The application may be submitted in person to the Land Development office at 1400 North Boulevard or submitted online through the
City's Accela system at aca.tampagov.net/citizenaccess/default.aspx.
IV. NOTIFICATION OF REQUEST and TIME FRAME
All notice must be done in accordance with Section 27-149 of the City of Tampa Code of Ordinances. This includes both notice to
all property owners within 250' of the subject property and the participating organizations. Please note that you must provide the dated
map from the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's office or print out the information from their website.
Please see the summary sheet, which is part of the application and which must be signed by the applicant or agent. A copy will be
provided to you for assistance in completing the notice requirements correctly.
The determination for the Design Exception 2 is due no less than 15 business days from the date of the submittal of the affidavit of
compliance and the certificate of mail.
VI . ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DETERMINATION
The zoning administrator shall apply the following criteria when reviewing the application. These are the criteria
that need to be addressed in Exhibit B of the application.
The standard yard (setback) requirements are spelled out in Section 27-156(c), Table 4-2. The reductions allowed
administratively are determined by the Planning District the property is located in, per the adopted City of Tampa
Comprehensive Plan. Staff can assist you in determining which Planning District applies to your property.
New Tampa, South Tampa and Westshore are limited to a 10 percent reduction in the front, corner and rear yards and a one
foot reduction in the side yards. The maximum increase in the building height is 10 percent.
University and Central Tampa are limited to a 25 percent reduction in the front, rear and corner yards and a one foot reduction
in the side yards. The maximum increase in the building height is 10 percent.
Please note that these are not automatic; you must still show compliance with the criteria listed below:
a. That the exception neither interferes with the rights of others as provided in this chapter, nor is injurious to the public
health, safety or general welfare; and
b. That the exception provides a reasonable allowance of use under the specified circumstances of each application; and
c. That the exception achieves the general intent of this chapter and the Tampa Comprehensive Plan; and
d. That the exception is the minimum possible exception under specific circumstances; and
e. The approval of the exception of standards includes conditions of approval as necessary to ensure that the adjustment
granted does not constitute a grant of special privileges inconsistent with the limitations upon other properties in the
vicinity and within the same zoning district; and
f. The exception is consistent with any applicable specific plans in place for the subject property; and
g. That a Design Exception-2 request clearly demonstrates that the exception is warranted due to unique circumstances
of the property, such as:
i. Location of existing protected or grand trees;
ii. Location of existing buildings or structures;
iii. Existing property elevations (grades); or
iv. Other unique, existing physical conditions of the property (above or below grade) that are otherwise
protected from or limited for alteration, due to other applicable development regulations.
An approval of an alternative design exception 2 shall be valid for one year, during which the property
owner must begin the associated development/construction work. If no development/construction
activity occurs on the land related to the approved exception within the one year period, the approval
shall expire.
Property Owner's Information:
Name(s):
Address:
City:
Zip Code:
Phone Number:
email address:
Applicant's Information:
State:
email address:
Phone Number:
Zip Code:State:
City:
Address:
Name(s):
Location Address (List all):
Folio Number(s) (List
all):
Parcel Information:
AUTHORIZED AGENT/CONTACT FOR ALL RELATED CORRESPONDENCE
Name(s):
email address:
Phone Number:
Zip Code:State:City:
Address:
Application for
Alternative Design Exception 2
EXHIBIT A
City of Tampa
Land Development Coordination
1400 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 274-3100
Application Number:
Please check the Plat, Survey, Title Policy and all other documentation relating to your property prior to design and construction. The City of
Tampa and its staff DO NOT review for compliance with individual private deed restrictions and covenants during permit review. The
issuance of a building permit by the City of Tampa signifies that the project is in compliance with the zoning codes of the City of Tampa and
City of Tampa and Florida building code. The issuance of a building permit DOES NOT insure compliance with private deed restrictions or
covenants.
Alternative Design
Requested:
Be specific in regards to the
dimensions requested.
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EXHIBIT B
City of Tampa - Land Development Coordination
1400 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 274-3100
Application for
Alternative Design Exception 2
The zoning administrator uses the following criteria when reviewing for an alternative design 2 application:
a. That the exception neither interferes with the rights of others as provided in this chapter, nor is injurious to the public
health, safety or general welfare; and
b. That the exception provides a reasonable allowance of use under the specified circumstances of each application; and
c. That the exception achieves the general intent of this chapter and the Tampa Comprehensive Plan; and
d. That the exception is the minimum possible exception under specific circumstances; and
e. The approval of the exception of standards includes conditions of approval as necessary to ensure that the adjustment
granted does not constitute a grant of special privileges inconsistent with the limitations upon other properties in the
vicinity and within the same zoning district; and
f. The exception is consistent with any applicable specific plans in place for the subject property; and
g. That a Design Exception-2 request clearly demonstrates that the exception is warranted due to unique circumstances of
the property, such as:
i. Location of existing protected or grand trees;
ii. Location of existing buildings or structures;
iii. Existing property elevations (grades); or
iv. Other unique, existing physical conditions of the property (above or below grade) that are otherwise
protected from or limited for alteration, due to other applicable development regulations.
Please attach any supporting documentation such as site plans, surveys, photos and support letters.
Please explain
your design
exception and
why it is needed
(within the above
parameters).
Staff can not
approve a
Alternative
Design 2 if it
does not meet the
above criteria.
Be thorough with
the justification.
Use a separate
sheet if needed.
AFFIDAVIT TO APPLY FOR A ZONING CODE RELATED APPLICATION and AUTHORIZED
AGENT FOR AN APPLCIATION TO THE CITY OF TAMPA
Property Owner's Name(s):
"That I am (we are) the owner(s) and record title holder(s) of the property noted herein"
Property Address (List all):
"That this property constitutes the subject of the application for a (please check the appropriate box):
"That the undersigned has(have) appointed and does(do) appoint the agent(s) stated herein as his(their) agent
(s) solely to execute any application(s) or other documentation necessary to affect such application(s)" (if
applicable)
"That this affidavit has been executed to induce the City of Tampa, Florida, to consider and act on the above
described application"
Commission Expiration (Stamp or date):
Notary Signature:
Identification or personally known:
Sworn to and subscribed on this date:
Date:
"That I(we), the undersigned, hereby certify that the foregoing is true and correct"
Agent's Name(s):
Application Number:
Folio Numbers (List all):
I, THE UNDERSIGNED APPLICATION/AGENT, HEREBY CERTIFY THAT ALL INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION IS TRUE AND
COMPLETE AND HEREBY AUTHORIZE AND ALLOW REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CITY TO ACCESS THE PROPERTY UNDERGOING
REVIEW FOR THE ABOVE REFERENCED REQUEST. IF MY PROPERTY IS GATED, I WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PROPERTY UPON
REQUEST FROM THE CITY. IN THE EVENT A PETITION FOR REVIEW IS FILED, I WILL ALLOW THE POSTING OF A NOTICE SIGN ON MY
PROPERTY, EVEN IF THE REVIEW IS FILED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Rezoning
Alcoholic Beverage 1
Variance Review Board
Special Use 2Special Use 1
Formal Decision
(Print):
Signature (owner):
(Print):
Signature (applicant/agent):
Commission Expiration (Stamp or date):
Notary Signature:
Identification or personally known:
Date:
Sworn to and subscribed on this date:
Alcoholic Beverage 2
Substantial Change Incremental Review
Design Exception 1 Design Exception 2
Multiple authorizations may be necessary if there is more than one property owner.
Other
NoYes
EXHIBIT C
The undersigned authorizes the above agent(s) to represent me (us) and act as my (our) agent(s) at any public
hearing on this matter. Only applies to rezonings, VRB, special use 2 and AB 2 requests.
The undersigned authorizes the above agent(s) to agree to any conditions necessary to effectuate this
application.
No
Yes
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GOOD NEIGHBOR NOTICE/
NOTICE TO SURROUNDING PROPERTY
OWNERS
Date : Case Number: DE2-
Agent email address:Applicant email address:
Applicant Phone Number:
Applicant Name(s):
Current Zoning District:
Dear Property Owner/Participating Organization:
Please be advised that the Zoning Administrator has received a request for the above-described Alternative
Design(s). As a surrounding property owner/participating organization, you may submit any comments in
writing, to the Zoning Administrator at:
City of Tampa
Land Development Coordination
1400 North Boulevad
Tampa, Florida 33607
Please note that the review period is a minimum of 15 working days from the date of the receipt of the sworn
affidavit and associated documents from the notice. Information received after the 15 working day deadline
will not be considered as part of the record.
Location Address:
ALTERNATIVE DESIGN
EXCEPTION 2
(Print):
Signature (applicant/agent):
EXHIBIT D
Agent Name(s):
Agent Phone Number:
Application for
Alternative Design Exception 2
City of Tampa
Land Development Coordination
1400 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
Alternative Design(s) Requested (Setback reductions include the allowance of the encroachment of the eaves and gutters):________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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EXHIBIT E
AFFIDAVIT ATTESTING TO
NOTIFICATION
Applicant's Name(s):
"That I am (we are) the applicant or agent for the following described property:"
Location Address (List all):
"That this property constitutes the property for which an Alternative Design Exception 2 approval is requested
according to Application Number:"
"That attached is a copy of the postmarked Certificate of Mailing receipt for notice(s) to property owners within
250 feet of the subject parcel and a copy of the notification letter (Exhibit D), which notices were mailed on:"
Application Number: DE2-
Date Mailed:
"That the participating organizations as defined by the COT regulations and a copy of the notification letter
(Exhibit D), which notice(s) were mailed a copy of this letter via regular mail."
"That a list of the property owners (with addresses and legal descriptions (folio numbers), according to the most
current ad valorem tax record) and affected registered neighborhood associations(s) is attached and made a part
of this Affidavit."
Sworn to and subscribed on this date:
(Enter date here):
Identification or personally known:
Notary Signature:
Commission Expiration (Stamp or date):
(Print):
Signature (applicant/agent):
Application for
Alternative Design Exception 2
City of Tampa
Land Development Coordination
1400 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
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PUBLIC NOTICE CHECKLIST
APPLICANTS RESPONSIBILITY
Case DE2-___________________
MAILED NOTICE
Participating neighbors (all property owners within 250-feet of the subject property and
dated variance/buffer notice map upon which the list is based, obtained from the Hillsborough
County Property Appraiser's office or via its official website/Web-based GIS service). Please
see the instructions on how to utilize the website at www.tampagov.net/LDC.
Mailed by “certificate of mailing” through the United States Post Office (receipt submitted with the
Affidavit of Compliance)
Participating Organizations (all organizations registered at www.tampagov.net/ldc)
Mailed by regular mail to the address of the authorized representative of the participating organization.
The participating organization must receive a copy of the proposed site plan and/or elevation.
WITHIN 15 DAYS OF THE MAILED NOTICE
SUBMITTAL OF AFFIDAVIT OF COMPLIANCE
Submitted to: Land Development Coordination, 1400 N Boulevard, Tampa, Fl. 33607 or uploaded in
the Accela system.
Affidavit attachments, must include:
The certificate of mailing to the property owner participating organization;
The ad valorem tax rolls used for providing notice to property owners and/or participating
organization. The official list of property owners and dated variance/buffer notice map upon which
the list is based, obtained from the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's office or via its
official website/Web-based GIS service, shall be considered the most current tax roll, so long as the
list has been produced no more than six (6) months prior to the date of the filing for the pending
application;
A copy of the mailed notice letter; and,
The list of participating organizations which were provided good neighbor notice, including the
mailing address and authorized representative.
I reviewed and understand the above requirements for public notice.
__________________________ ______________
APPLICANT SIGNATURE Date
This must be submitted to staff at the time of the submittal of the application. A copy will be provided to you to assist
you in the processing of the notice.
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