Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Available in Florida

TDR Regulations

TDR regulations were adopted to implement Florida’s Comprehensive plan to preserve wetlands and other environmentally-sensitive areas. As a result of plan review in 1990, the TDR program was expanded to provide density bonus provisions designed to encourage the development in Florida.

Bay Harbor Island – FL – TDR Program

Clearwater – FL – TDR Program

Coral Gables – FL – TDR Program

Crystal River – FL – TDR Program

Delray Beach – FL – TDR Program

Fort Lauderdale – FL – TDR Program

Lee County – FL – TDR Program

Hollywood – FL – TDR Program

Islamorada – FL – TDR Program

Largo – FL – TDR Program

Marathon – FL – TDR Program

Miami – FL – TDR Program

Port Richey – FL – TDR Program

St. Petersburg – FL – TDR Program

Sunny Isles Beach – FL – TDR Program

Tarpon Springs – FL – TDR Program

West Palm Beach – FL – TDR Program

Alachua – FL – TDR Program

Bay – FL – TDR Program

DNC – Charlotte – FL – TDR Program

Collier – FL – TDR Program

Highlands – FL – TDR Program

Hillsborough – FL – TDR Program

Indian River – FL – TDR Program

Lake – FL – TDR Program

Marion – FL – TDR Program

Monroe – FL – TDR Program

Okeechobee – FL – TDR Program

Orange – FL – TDR Program

Osceola – FL – TDR Program

Palm Beach – FL – TDR Program

Polk – FL – TDR Program

Sarasota – FL – TDR Program

St. Lucie – FL – TDR Program

City of Fort Myers

Cape Coral – FL – TDR Program


Sending and receiving sites are proposed as part of applications for Planned Developments. The County Zoning Code prohibits any residential project from exceeding the maximum density limits unless a density bonus is granted through the Planned Development process. Density bonuses are only allowed for the transfer of density from environmentally-sensitive lands.

To transfer density away from environmentally-sensitive areas, a developer proposes a Planned Development which includes both the sending site and an upland receiving site which is not environmentally-sensitive or zoned for agriculture. The density on the upland receiving site cannot be adjusted more than 20 percent of the maximum density allowed by the receiving site’s underlying comprehensive plan land use designation where the receiving site is not adjacent to the area from which the density is transferred. If the sending site and receiving sites are adjacent, the maximum density on the receiving site can be adjusted by 50 percent of the maximum density allowed by the underlying comprehensive plan land use designation.

Call Victoria Bruce for more information

Phone: 407-808-2222

Available Transfer Residential Development Rights To Enhance Investment Value of Properties For Multi-Family & Other Residential Development Projects In Florida


Background Information:

We are pleased to offer Transfer Development Rights (TDRs) which can be transferred to other properties within the county. The County and governmental regulatory agencies desired to designate this property as conservation and to eliminate development threats and preserve the environmental condition of the property. This property was designated as conservation and development rights were forfeited in order to be awarded the TDRs which can be transferred to other properties more suitable for community development, residential, multi-family, and other projects.

Questions & Answers


1. What can the Transfer Development Rights (TDR’s) be used for?

The TDR’s can be used for residential projects such as multi-family development and other residential projects subject to approval. The TDR’s can result in a 20% adjustment to development rights for properties. For example, if a property is zoned for 150 residential units, the TDR’s can be used to adjust the residential development on the property for an additional 20% which amounts to another 30 units resulting in a combined adjusted total of 180 units. We will work with buyers to secure the TDR transfer approval in a timely and efficient manner.

2. Who can utilize and benefit from these TDR’s?

The TDR’s can be transferred to other properties for use by landowners, investors, and developers for their residential projects.

3. Developers are concerned about expensive delays and long periods of time to secure approval of TDR’s for their projects. How long will it take to secure approval for use of TDR’s?

The TDR’s have already been awarded and the process for approval to transfer the TDR’s for other properties and projects will

take approximately 3 months. As referenced above, we will help buyers secure these approvals and work through the County approval process.

4. Are TDR’s Transferrable?

Yes, TDR’s are transferrable from persons, investors, LLC’s or other business entities, development projects, and between properties within Florida. For example, if a developer purchases TDR’s, they may use the TDR’s for a given project or other projects that they may have in the future.