Planning & Permitting

Planning questions? Call 813-415-4952 or Email 

Permitting questions? Call 689-229-9974 or Email


The Planning Department administers the Town's Land Development Code. This work includes processing planning project applications for all development activities, such as creating new residential subdivisions, commercial site planning, and seeking zoning variances. The Town Planner is the person responsible for all activities of the department. They provide staff recommendations to the Appearance Review Board, the Planning and Zoning Board, and the Town Commission as these bodies consider applications that require actions by public bodies. The Town’s Comprehensive Plan guides the department to retain our small-town, quaint environment, and preserve that identity.

The department is staffed by contract employees provided by the consulting firm of Wade Trim in Tampa. There is no local staff for drop-in service. To contact Brad Cornelius, the Town Planner, you can call him at 813-415-4952 or email him at He is your point of contact for zoning variances, code interpretations, development advisory opinions, and other activities associated with development of residential and commercial properties in Oakland. The formal application process begins with the submission of the Town's standard application:

Uniform Planning Project Application
He and his staff also provide zoning reviews that may be required as a first step to securing a building permit.  Those reviews are initiated after the building permit is submitted. More information on applying for a building permit is available here.


The Oakland Building Department is open to answer telephone calls at 689-229-9974 and to respond to emails sent to from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except for Town holidays. Building Department staffing is provided through a contract with Willdan Engineering, Inc., which has 45 years of experience in the permitting field.

The Town is working to deploy a new online permitting system using the CivicGov platform, which is an extension to the Town's current website. The new system should be operational in February and will include the ability to make payments by credit card online. Check payments will still be processed at Town Hall. Until the online system is operational, please download and use the forms listed below for building permit applications. Only electronic permit applications are accepted. Paper applications cannot be submitted at Town Hall; however, Town staff will assist applicants in creating electronic applications when necessary. Initial processing of a building permit application can take up to three business days. The standard building permit application form is available below. For more information and other documents, go here.

Standard Oakland Building Permit Application Form for all work types