Community Planning and Development - Economic Development

12400 NE 8 Avenue
North Miami, FL 33161

Joseph Denis - Economic Development Manager
Telephone: 305.893.6511 Ext. 12164

The City of North Miami, affectionately known and branded as NOMI, is a 2010 All-America City award winner. The fifth largest city in Miami-Dade County, it is a gateway between several well-travelled expressways (I-95, 836 and Florida’s Turnpike), two (2) commercial airports (MIA and Fort Lauderdale) and several north/south commercial corridors (NW 7th Ave/441 & US-1/ Biscayne Blvd).

Established in 1926, North Miami offers its residents and businesses unique advantages:

• City Business Assistance Programs
• Enterprise Zone & HUB Zone Incentives for employers
• Brownfield incentives
• Future Tri-Rail Commuter Rail Station on NE 125TH
• Easy access to sizable, secondary and tertiary market areas
• Affordable business rents
• Home to 3 high education institutions & its virtually untapped Generation Z Market
• Central location between gateway expressways & business corridors
• Easy access to commercial airports (MIA and Ft. Lauderdale)
• Easy Tourist Access to beaches

If you are looking to relocate your business to a development-friendly environment, with business incentives, business assistance (grants and loans) and a fantastic location to live work and play, then we’re the City for you!



New/Relocating Businesses

The City of North Miami is a business and developer-friendly community, so much so that many of the functions related to relocation, start-up and expansion of a business conveniently begin and end at the Department of Community Planning & Development (“CP&D”) located at 12380 NE 8th Avenue, North Miami, FL. 33161. After selecting the site for your business, you will need to apply for a certificate of use (“CU”) from the CP&D Zoning Clerk and business license (“Business Tax Receipt”) for your particular business from the City Clerk’s Office. Your City business license will be specific to any given property location, so if you have two satellite offices for your business, both will require separate business licenses. Once a business license is issued for your business location, you will be given a “business tax receipt” which proves that you have paid for your business license. Each business tax receipt is tied to a business license number.  

Business Site Selection

The City has many affordable properties available for Lease or Sale conveniently located along major commercial corridors with easy access to Dixie Highway, I-95 and US-1. In order to inquire about currently available properties contact any number of local North Miami realtors identified at North Miami, Florida Commercial Real Estate Broker Directory.

Development - New Construction & Building Improvements

All pre-development issues are handled by the City’s Department of Community Planning & Development, which houses the City’s Planning and Zoning Divisions. Contact our Zoning Administrator to discuss the development potential of a proposed site at

Planning and Zoning Permits

The development process starts with the Community Planning and Development Department which will determine whether your property has the proper zoning for your proposed business. The Zoning Administrator will also guide you through any administrative waivers or variances you need to obtain to effectively occupy and operate your proposed business at your chosen business location. CP & D staff provides recommendations to the Design Review Committee who in turn will review and make their recommendations for denial or approval of any site plan proposal.

Building Permits

To facilitate the development process, the City’s Building Department has a convenient on-line building permitting system to permit and process building plans.


Sewer/Water Requirements

The City’s Public Works Department handles all matters relating to sewer/water requirements for new commercial development projects, including water/sewer connections, water/sewer permits and construction specifications for sanitary sewer, stormwater management and/or water lines. Also contact the City Engineer for information on water/sewer impact fees.

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Film Permits and Special Events

Film Permit
All film related events require City approval film permits which cost $100.00. The film permit application is available through the City of North Miami’s Department of Community Planning & Development, Economic Development Division. Please call (305)893-6511, Extension 12171 for more information and Click Here to download a copy of the Film Permit application.

Special Events
The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation handles Special Events occurring within the City boundaries. Call the Department of Parks and Recreation at (305)985-9840 and download a copy of the Community Events Application at


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