OPPOSE SB 284 – Building
Design Standards Preemption
SB 284 will be considered by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Tuesday, March 16, at 9:00 a.m. ET.
SB 284 (Perry) would preempt local governments from adopting zoning and development regulations that require specific building design elements for single- and two-family dwellings, unless certain conditions are met.

The bill defines the term “building design elements” to mean exterior color, type or style of exterior cladding; style or material of roof structures or porches; exterior nonstructural architectural ornamentation; location or architectural styling of windows or doors; and number, type and layout of rooms.

Specifically, SB 284 preempts the ability of local governments to impose any design regulations in any geographic area except for historic districts or regulations needed in order to implement the National Flood Insurance Program.
We Need Your Help!

Immediate Action Requested
Please contact members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee and urge them to vote NO on SB 284 and allow local governing bodies to work with local developers, builders and homeowners to serve the best interest of our communities.
Talking Points/Message to Legislators
  • Architectural character is an ingredient that binds our neighborhoods and communities. It is unfortunate that this bill preempts local governments from adopting zoning and development regulations that require specific building design elements for single- and two-family dwellings, unless certain conditions are met.

  • Elements such as window size, building materials, and lighting are currently reviewed by a city to ensure that it is consistent with community character, promotes safety and security, and integrates with the public and private realm.

  • Many municipalities require design review teams to ensure that development is compatible with the architectural elements of the surrounding area. Such aspects as roofs, windows, doors, color of buildings, etc. only help maintain neighborhood integrity.

  • Even if HB 55 reduces construction costs, the consequences for neighborhood integrity could result in decreased property values.

For more information, contact Jeff Branch at 850.701.3655 or jbranch@flcities.com.
Watch Live
To watch the committee hearings, please go to The Florida Channel and click on Live Streams and look for the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. ET.
Keep Us Informed

Please email Allison Payne and let us know what communications you have with legislators on this issue. 

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!