• Can application /fees be submitted by mail?

    Yes. In such situations, School District receipt confirming payment will be mailed to the appropriate contact person listed in the application.

  • What happens if the application fee check was issued for the incorrect amount?

    School District staff will notify the applicant and advise that the appropriate fee must be paid before the submitted application can be considered complete and processed. This assumes that the rest of the information needed for the application has been submitted to the District.

  • Can an applicant request a concurrent review of a plat and site plan application?

    Yes, but the reason(s) for the request must be clearly stated on the application.

  • What projects are subject to the Vesting Verification Fee?

    Vesting Verification Fee only applies to the following residential development applications:

    • Any checked item listed under the Exemption Criteria in the Public School Impact Application (PSIA) Form. However, if a determination is made that a project, which has applied for exemption, is not exempt, then the application will be deemed incomplete until the appropriate fee is paid and any additional supporting documentation is provided.

    • A development initially reviewed for public school concurrency determination as a plat, which is being submitted as a site plan application, and which there have been no changes to the initially reviewed residential type(s), number of unit(s), bedroom(s), the project(s) boundary or revision to a proposed mitigation option that was previously accepted by the School Board

    As applicable, regular application fees apply to all residential development applications listed under the Vesting Criteria in the PSIA Form.

  • What is the difference between a Preliminary and Final School Capacity Determination (SCAD) Letter?

    A preliminary SCAD Letter is the initial report the District issues on a pertinent residential plat, site plan or functional equivalent application, which confirms that permanent capacity is available at impacted CSA(s) or school(s) to accommodate students anticipated from development proposed in the application, or that proportionate share mitigation has been proposed by the project's applicant to mitigate the anticipated student impact, and subsequently such proposal has been accepted by the School Board.

    A Final SCAD Letter is the report the District issues which indicates that permanent capacity is not available at the CSA(s) or school(s) impacted by a residential plat, site plan or functional equivalent application, or that is issued to indicate the vesting of the approved application and reservation of student station or seats for students anticipated from development proposed in the application. Final SCAD Letters are also issued for exempt and non-residential plat, site plan or functional equivalent applications. 

  • What triggers proportionate share mitigation?

    Proportionate share mitigation is triggered when developments proposed in a residential plat, site plan or functional equivalent application impacts CSA(s) or schools that are operating above the LOS adopted in the ILA, and the School District has demonstrated that permanent capacity is not available at such CSA(s) or adjacent CSA(s) to accommodate students anticipated from the development.

  • What is the value of proportionate share mitigation?

    The value of proportionate share mitigation is the deficit elementary, middle or high school students generated by development proposed in a residential plat, site plan or functional equivalent application multiplied by the corresponding Florida established Student Station Cost Factors (or cost per student station) plus the land impact cost, if any.

  • What is the minimum proportionate share mitigation?

    The payment for one permanent or modular classroom.

  • What is the process for payment of mitigation?

    It is preferable that applicants notify the Facility Planning & Real Estate Department at (754) 321-2177 to schedule payment of mitigation fees. If given prior notice, a planner will calculate the current amount due and prepare the necessary documents ahead of time. The applicant (or applicant agent) can pay mitigation fees via check directly to the School Board of Broward County, Florida at the Facility Planning & Real Estate Department located on the 8th floor of the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building located at 600 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. If the project is the subject of a Tri-Party Agreement, the developer pays the appropriate "cost per dwelling unit" amount directly to Broward County.

  • What is CAT and its purpose?

    CAT stands for Capacity Allocation Team. In compliance with State Statute, CAT's purpose is to determine if capacity is available in adjacent Concurrency Service Areas (CSA) within the same School District Planning Area when the primarily impacted CSA lacks capacity needed to accommodate the new students generated by a residential project, and upon such determination subsequently allocates the needed capacity.

  • Who are the members of CAT?

    At the minimum, the CAT shall consist of the CSA(s) Chief School Performance and Accountability Officer or designee; the Director, Facility Planning & Real Estate Department or designee; the Director, Demographics and Enrollment Planning Department or designee or in the event of departmental name changes, the directors or appointed administrators or designees of the succeeding departments whose membership and participation are vital to CAT functions.

  • How does the CAT process work?

    CAT meets bi-weekly based on the following process:

    • Growth Management Section reviews the proposed residential development application to determine whether permanent capacity is available.

    • If it is determined capacity is not available based on the general process defined in the ILA, the application is scheduled on the CAT agenda.

    • Backup items are provided to the members and invitations sent to the applicant and the local government with jurisdiction over the project requesting their attendance

    • CAT convenes.

    • Growth Management Section Staff provides an overview of the proposed development.

    • Demographics and Enrollment Planning Department Staff provides vital information regarding the availability of the identified excess capacity.

    • CAT deliberates.

    • CAT votes to allocate or not allocate the identified excess capacity for the project based on conclusions reached and the criteria contained in Policy 1161.

    • SCAD letter is issued reflecting the CAT determination with a copy sent to the applicant and as applicable to the County and the local government with jurisdiction over the project.

Contact Information

  • Facility Planning & Real Estate

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2160

    Fax: 754-321-2179

    TTL: --

    Phone: --

    Christopher Akagbosu


Second Amended Interlocal Agreement (ILA) for School Facility Planning