The Florida Keys are designated as an Area of Critical State Concern (ACSC) by the State Legislature.  Within the ACSC, policies have been adopted to control growth based on the Florida Keys carrying capacity. The carrying capacity constraint with the lowest threshold is the requirement to safely evacuate the Florida Keys in the event of a hurricane.

A Rate of Growth Ordinance (ROGO) was implemented in order to provide for the safety of residents in the event of a hurricane evacuation and to protect the significant natural resources of Monroe County, as required by the State of Florida. 

Both ROGO (residential rate of growth ordinance) and NROGO (nonresidential rate of growth ordinance) establish a competitive permit allocation system where those applications with the highest scores are awarded building permits.  The competitive point system guides development toward areas with infrastructure and away from velocity zones and environmentally sensitive areas such as habitat for threatened or endangered species. ROGO and NROGO provide a measured amount of growth in the County commensurate with the County's ability to maintain a reasonable and safe hurricane evacuation clearance time and maintain a balance between residential and nonresidential development. 

The Monroe County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code (LDC) provide the details on the rate of growth ordinances.  For more information, review Chapter 138 of the LDC.


Monroe County adopted a 180-day temporary suspension of the expiration of ROGO and NROGO allocation awards. For those allocation awards for which award letters were issued prior to March 15, 2020, and not already expired, building permits must be issued within 180 days of March 15, 2020 (on or before September 11, 2020), notwithstanding the deadline specified in the award letter.

Monroe County is deferring the issuance of allocation award letters. *Upon issuance of the award letters, applicants will be given 180 days to pick up building permits. Applicants who wish to have their allocation award letters issued at this time, regardless of the deferral, may request their letter by emailing

For applicants notified prior to March 15, 2020, of the eligibility to submit administrative relief applications, the deadline is tolled for 180 days from March 15, 2020; applications must be received on or before September 11, 2020, notwithstanding the deadline specified in the notification letter.

Quarterly Rate of Growth Ordinance



ROGO/NROGO Ordinances