Urban Design

The Urban Design Division is responsible for developing and implementing a visionary and cohesive plan for the future development of the City based on smart growth principles such as pedestrian-friendliness, compact building design, mixed-use and environmental sensibility. The division prepares master plans that include high standards for architecture, landscape and urban design, and seeks to enhance the form and quality of our urban environment. 

Division Lead Contact

Graham Jones
(305) 416-1453

Guidelines & Resources


City of Miami Code of Ordinances

Miami 21: You can now view the Miami 21 Code of Ordinances on Codehub, which can be divided by article & appendix, searched, or bookmarked. The Miami 21 Code establishes standards and procedures for new development or redevelopment in the City. It also adopts the Miami 21 Atlas, which acts as the official Zoning Atlas of the City and is filed in the City Clerk’s office. The Miami 21 Atlas designates a Transect Zone for all lands within the City.


Permitting Forms and Documents 

Special Permits Checklist


Historic Design Guideline

Non-Historic Guidelines


Planning Resource Guide  has a list of outside entities and resources that we frequently consult in our day to day work. They may be helpful for you in understanding more about Planning concepts. 

Urban Design Review Board

The Urban Design Review Board recommends whether the design of developments and/or improvements pursuant to Miami 21 the zoning ordinance of the city, as amended or superseded, are in conformance with city guides and standards.

Learn more about the Urban Development Review Board