Charles K. Wu, AICP CUD, CNU-A
Interim Director, Development Services
Mr. Charles Wu joined the City on December 9, 2013, as the Assistant Development Services Director. He has dual Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is a certified planner. Charles has more than 25 years of planning and managerial experience from South Florida, 18 with the City of West Palm Beach, the County seat of Palm Beach County, with the last five years as their Planning Director; and five years as Growth Management Director with the City of Palm Beach Gardens. He was instrumental in working with renowned town planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and West Palm Beach’s first strong mayor Nancy Graham to codify their first form-based code for an existing downtown. His recent work with the West Palm Beach Downtown Master Plan update earned recognition from the Florida American Planning Association. He is fortunate to lead a department staff who places emphasis on excellent customer service, strives for continuous improvement, and aims for greater efficiencies. Charles is grateful to be part of the City Beautiful and traditional town planning principles.
About Development Services
The Development Services Department oversees the Planning & Zoning, Building, and Code Enforcement Divisions. The Department provides customer friendly services including the review, processing, and issuance of permits and assurance that construction complies with all applicable codes.
- Effective April 16, 2017, the City Commission approved restriction on construction work hours. See here for details.
- Effective Feb. 01, 2017, if you are a contractor or an owner-builder with an open/expired permit you will be restricted from applying for new permits until all expired permits have been closed. See here for details. Please click this link for list of all expired permits.
- Effective March 29, 2016, the City Commission passed an ordinance requiring construction sites to post a “No Trespassing” sign. The sign is required to have a project manager’s contact information to verify whether persons on site have the authority to be there. This sign is required to be posted at each construction fence opening, and when a construction fence is not provided, at the opening of the structure. Failure to post the required sign constitutes a City Code violation subject to a fine of $100 per day.
- Effective Oct. 13, 2015, the City Commission approved certain permit fee changes such as reduction of permit fee for projects less than $500 of construction value; waiving zoning permits for certain minor residential projects; waiver permit fees for certain senior homesteaded property owners to remedy a code violation; and waiver of permit fee to repair property due to the commission of a crime. See here for details.
- In the Summer of 2015, the Development Services Department held a series of Focus Group discussions to address the City’s building permit review process. The result is a Focus Group Action Plan proposed to address the comments and feedback received from those meetings. An illustration summarizing the Department’s Action Plan can be found by clicking this link Focus Group Results.
City of Coral Gables
Development Services Department
405 Biltmore Way, Third Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33134