Community Planning and Development - Economic Development Division

12400 NE 8 Avenue
North Miami, FL 33161
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sam Blatt, Economic Development Manager
Telephone: 305.893.6511 Ext. 12164

The Economic Development Division aims to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for the City of North Miami by administering local programs geared towards public improvements, façade improvements, joint marketing and promotional strategies. In addition, the division supports local business organization by administering grant programs and aim to attract, retain and expand businesses through incentives. Economic Development Division aims to provide a funding plan for the implementations of projects, programs and activities so that all portions of the City of North Miami can be both involved and impacted.

  • City Business Assistance Programs
  • Enterprise Zone & Historically Underutilized Business (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 & it’s 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! Economic Development Division provides the following services:


Commercial Grant to Retro-fit your space and Lower Your Energy Bill

The City of North Miami is providing a MATCHING GRANT up to $5,000 to help small business owners in North Miami to make improvements to their businesses that will increase energy-efficiency and lower your energy bill.

Step 1
Call FPL at 305.442.0388 to schedule a live FREE Business Energy Evaluation. An FPL energy expert will visit your business, audit your energy use and deliver a free, customized report with energy saving solutions to help you save. Click here for Business Energy Evaluation.

Step 2
Apply for a Commercial Grant to Lower Your Energy Bill before September 2016! (First come, first serve)

Business Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be located within the City of North Miami
  • Business can be non-profit of for-profit and must have been in existence for at least 2 years
  • Must have (7) employees or less
  • Can not be part of a national chain or franchise
  • No existing City Liens or violations
  • Will be required to complete a free energy audit (FPL)

Eligible Use of Funds:

  • INSTALLING energy-efficient appliances
  • REPLACING old light bulbs or light fixtures
  • FUNDING available for solar panels, impact windows, insulation, A/C units, rooftops, and more

Commercial Grant to Lower Your Energy Bill Flyer

Commercial Grant to Lower Your Energy Bill Guidelines

Commercial Grant to Lower Your Energy Bill Packet Application

For more details contact the Economic and Development Manager, Sam Blatt at the Community Planning & Development Department at 305.893.6511, Ext. 12164 or   

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 City Planner 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.

desc1 des2 desc3 desc4 desc5 desc6


Film Permits and Special Events

Film Permit
All film related events require City approval film permits. The film permit application is available through the City of North Miami’s Department of Community Planning & Development, Economic Development Division, Filming in North Miami. Please call 305.893.6511, Extension 12157 for more information.

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.


Top to the pageTop

City of North Miami | 776 NE 125 Street | North Miami | Florida 33161 | 305.893.6511