MISCELLANEOUS STANDARDS, REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS
Sec. 21-1 - Exterior walls--Material and color. 4. That where wood facings over
masonry walls are approved, the
All exterior walls of buildings shall be exterior face of all masonry shall be
constructed of concrete, glass block, poured completely and thoroughly covered
concrete, stone, hollow tile, coral rock or clay with one application of black
brick providing, however, that in areas zoned for asphaltum waterproofing.
C and M-Uses porcelain enamel panels, metal 5. That all blocking and furring strips
panels, pebble-faced block, pebble-faced shall be pressure treated.
panels, precast panels and architectural 6. That all wood facings shall be
concrete may also be used for exterior walls of secured to furring and/or blocking
buildings designed and used for commercial with stain resistant nails.
purposes with the express condition that such 7. That the wood facing material shall
materials are approved by the Board of have a minimum thickness of three-
Architects, the Building Official and Structural fourth (¾) inches and shall not be
Engineer. All exterior masonry surfaces shall be wider than twelve (12) inches.
stuccoed and painted excepting those of coral 8. That all applications and details of
rock, stone, glass, clay brick, slump brick, wood facings shall be subject to the
pebble-faced block, pebble-faced panels, approval of the Board of Architects.
precast panels, and architectural concrete. 9. That stains applied to the wood shall
Sunscreens on commercial buildings may be be specifically for exterior use and
constructed of masonry, metal, glass or plastic shall be limited to colors approved by
where such materials are located in a metal or the Board of Architects.
masonry frame providing that such sunscreens (b) Stonehenge. Stonehenge may be used as
shall be subject to approval by the Board of a facing material for commercial buildings.
Architects for architectural design. All exterior (c) Dryvit system. The dryvit system may be
coloring shall be approved by the Board of used as a facing material on exterior walls
Architects. of commercial buildings, subject to the
following conditions and restrictions:
Sec. 21-2 - Exterior walls--Facing materials. 1. That the dryvit system may be used
as a facing material on the exterior
(a) Wood facings. Wood facings shall be masonry walls of commercial
permitted on the exterior walls of single- buildings, provided, that such
family residences in that area of Coral buildings have a minimum of one
Gables lying south of the Coral Gables hour fire resistive construction.
Deep Waterway and east of Old Cutler 2. That the dryvit system shall be used
Road, subject to the following conditions only above the first floor.
and restrictions: 3. That the color of the exterior surface
1. That the exterior walls are shall be subject to approval by the
constructed of masonry. Board of Architects, and if any
2. That the walls are furred to provide painting or repainting is to be done,
natural air space and moisture the color shall be subject to the
control. approval of the Board of Architects.
3. That the wood utilized for such wood 4. That the building shall have a twenty
facings shall be those conducive to (20) foot distance separation from all
salt-sea atmosphere and shall be structures and lot lines, as required
limited and restricted to the following by the Miami-Dade County Products
species: Control Division.
a. Solid select heart cypress. 5. That the method of attaching the
b. Solid heart mahogany. dryvit system to the masonry wall
c. Solid heart teak. shall be subject to approval by the
d. Solid heart cedar. Building Department.
e. Clear vertical grain heart
Sec. 21-3 - Bulks and retaining walls. required to construct and maintain a driveway
across such parkway between the property line
No bulkhead, retaining wall or similar installation and the street pavement. The driveway shall
along an ocean front, bay, canal, lake or conform to the paving specifications as prepared
waterway shall be built or constructed unless by the Public Works Department.
such bulkhead, retaining wall or similar (a) Notice of prohibited condition. The City
installation be constructed of reinforced may from time to time inspect all parkways
concrete, pre-stressed concrete or gravity mass where the normal use and occupancy of a
non-reinforced concrete, providing, however, premise or building requires vehicular
that in those canals or waterways west of traffic across the parkway between the
LeJeune Road and north of Sunset Road, street pavement and the property line, and
bulkheads and retaining walls may be in all cases where said inspection reveals
constructed of concrete block or native stone. that there does not exist a driveway
All bulkheads and retaining walls shall be pavement across the parkway between the
subject to the following conditions: property line and the street pavement line
(a) All plans for such bulkheads and walls or that an existing driveway is in need of
shall be designed by a registered repair or replacement, the City Manager
engineer, qualified under the laws of the shall so notify the record owner or owners
State of Florida, to prepare such plans. of the property described by registered or
(b) All such bulkheads and walls and certified mail, as their names and
components shall be designed to meet addresses are shown upon the record of
loads imposed by saturated backfill. the County Tax Assessor. Such notice
(c) The minimum elevation of such bulkheads shall be deemed complete and sufficient
and walls shall be plus five (5) and no when so addressed and deposited in the
hundredths feet, U.S.E.D. Bay Datum. United States Mail with proper postage
prepaid. In the event that such notice is
Sec. 21-4 - Driveways--New buildings. returned by postal authorities, the City
Manager shall cause a copy of the notice
At the time of issuance of a permit for the to be served by a law enforcement officer
construction of a building on premises not upon the occupant of the property or upon
having a driveway from the property line to the any agent of the owner of record thereof.
pavement line of the street (and where the (b) Form of notice. The notice shall be in
normal use and occupancy of such building substantially the following form:
requires vehicular traffic across the parkway
between the street pavement and the property NOTICE OF PUBLIC NUISANCE
line), the applicant for the permit shall deposit Name of Owner of Record:
with the City of Coral Gables an amount ________________ Address of Owner of
sufficient to cover the cost of paving a driveway Record: ________________ According to
across the parkway between the property line our records, you are the owner of record
and the street pavement line, conforming to the of Lot(s) ________ Block ________
paving specifications as prepared by the Public Section ________.
Works Department, and the City shall, if the An inspection of the parkway at the above
owner or contractor does not do so, construct property reveals that you do not comply
such driveway pavement in due course, applying with Section 21-5 of Ordinance No. 1525,
so much of such deposit as shall be necessary as it pertains to:
for the purpose, and the balance of said deposit 1. Paving of a driveway across the
remaining, if any, shall be returned to the parkway, or
applicant. 2. Maintaining a driveway across such
Sec. 21-5 - Driveways--Existing buildings. This is to serve as official notice that
Where the normal use and occupancy of a 1. Install a driveway across such
premise or building requires vehicular traffic parkway between the property line
across the parkway between the street and the street pavement,
pavement and the property line, the owner of
record of such premises or building shall be
2. Repair the existing driveway school grounds and/or church facilities to the
between the property line and the nearest property line of the building site of the
street pavement, or, place of business.
3. Replace the existing driveway For the purpose of determining the distance
between the property line and the between alcoholic beverage uses and churches
street pavement within a period of or schools, the applicant for such use shall
thirty (30) days, the City of Coral furnish a certified survey from a registered land
Gables may undertake the surveyor in the State of Florida indicating the
construction of the necessary distance between the proposed place of
driveway paving at the property business and any church or school within five-
owner's expense; the estimated cost hundred (500) lateral feet. The survey shall
of which will be approximately indicate the shortest distance as measured and
$ ________. computed by following a straight line from the
nearest point of the school grounds and/or
THE CITY OF CORAL GABLES, church grounds in use as part of the school
FLORIDA ________________ and/or church facilities to the nearest property
By: City Manager line of the building site of the place of business.
In case there are no churches or schools within
(c) Condition may be remedied by city. If five-hundred (500) lateral feet of the place of
within thirty (30) days, after mailing of the business, the survey shall so certify.
notice, or the service of the notice upon
the occupant of the property or any agent Sec. 21-7 - Distance requirements--Adult
of the owner thereof, the condition book store, adult motion picture theater and
described in the notice has not been massage salon.
remedied, the Public Works Director may
cause the condition to be remedied by the (a) No adult book store, adult motion picture
City of Coral Gables at the owner's theater or massage salon shall be
expense. established or located within a distance of
one-thousand (1,000) feet from any other
Sec. 21-6 - Distance requirements--Sale of adult book store, adult motion picture
alcoholic beverages and liquors. (3406, 3577) theater or massage salon. Such distance
shall be measured and computed by
No retail package liquor store, retail package following a straight line between the main
beverage store or club vendor shall be entrances of the places of business.
established or operated upon premises closer (b) No adult book store, adult motion picture
than five-hundred (500) feet from any church or theater or massage salon shall be located
school without approval by the Board of or established within a distance of five-
Adjustment. In reviewing an application for retail hundred (500) feet from a residentially
package liquor store, retail package beverage zoned district and/or from a church or
store or club vendor, the Board of Adjustment school. Such distance shall be measured
shall consider, but not be limited to the following and computed, in the case of a church or
criteria: (1) location of building on the building school, by following a straight line from the
site, (2) location of entrances and exits to the nearest point of the school and/or church
licensed establishment, (3) proposed hours of grounds in use as part of the school
operation, (4) other uses of business adjacent to grounds and/or church facilities to the
or between the licensed establishment and the closest exterior door of the place of
church or school, (5) vehicular and pedestrian business, and in the case of residentially
paths between the licensed establishment and zoned property by following a straight line
the church or school, and that the location is not from the closest portion of the residentially
detrimental to the public health, safety and zoned district to the closest exterior door
welfare. of the place of business.
(c) For the purpose of this section,
The five hundred foot lateral distance shall be residentially zoned districts shall be those
measured and computed by following a straight designated by Section 3-1 through 3-4
line from the nearest point of the school grounds herein.
and/or church grounds in use as part of the
(d) No application for an occupational license (a) That the use of such sales office shall be
for such adult book store, adult motion limited and restricted to the sale of lots
picture theater or massage salon shall be within a subdivision, replat or multi-family
approved for zoning compliance unless project, and such office shall not be used
such application is accompanied by a for the transaction of any other business of
certified survey from a registered land whatsoever nature.
surveyor in the State of Florida showing (b) That the setbacks for such sales office
that such use meets with the distance shall be the same as that required for the
requirements as set forth herein. premises upon which such sales office
shall be located.
Sec. 21-8 - Temporary construction and/or (c) That such sales office shall be landscaped
field office. as required and approved by the Board of
Architects and the Building and Zoning
Whenever a building permit shall have been Department and such landscaping shall be
issued by the Building Department for maintained in good condition as to present
construction and/or alteration as therein set a healthy, neat and orderly appearance.
forth, a temporary field and/or construction office (d) That a minimum of six (6) paved off-street
shall be permitted to be located on the premises parking spaces shall be provided on the
covered by a building permit subject to the premises of such sales office.
following conditions and restrictions: (e) That such sales office shall be equipped
(a) That such office shall not be used as a with adequate potable water, electricity
sales and/or advertising office and that no and sanitary facilities.
sales brochures shall be handed out or (f) That such sales office shall not be used for
distributed from such office. living or sleeping quarters.
(b) That potable water, electricity and sanitary (g) That not more than one such sales office
facilities shall be provided for such office shall be permitted to be located in any one
as required by the South Florida Building subdivision, replat or multi-family project.
Code and such other applicable (h) That one sign identifying the development
ordinances. may be placed upon such sales office as
(c) That such office shall not be used for living shall be approved by the Board of
or sleeping quarters. Architects.
(d) That such office shall be removed by the (i) That the permit for such sales office shall
contractor prior to the approval of the final expire three (3) years from the date of the
building inspection and to the issuance of recording of the plat, or the issuance of a
a Certificate of Occupancy or whenever, in building permit for the multi-family
the opinion of the Building Official, an development, provided, however, that the
inspection discloses that the building or Board of Adjustment, upon application,
alteration has been completed to the point may authorize the extension of such
where the final building inspection would permit for a good and valid reason.
be approved and a Certificate of (j) That the Building Official may revoke the
Occupancy, if applied for, would be issued. permit for such sales office should the
developer fail to comply with the conditions
Sec. 21-9 - Temporary land development and restrictions set forth herein.
sales office. (k) That such sales office structures shall be
temporary in nature, and shall be removed
Whenever a plat containing a gross area of not in the event of a hurricane (on or before
less than ten (10) acres shall have been issuance of warning status) or other
recorded in the public records of Miami-Dade natural and/or man-made disaster.
County, Florida, or a residential multi-family
construction project with a site of not less than Sec. 21-10 - Land clearing, filling and
twenty-thousand (20,000) square feet and excavation.
twelve (12) living units, a permit may be issued
for the location of a temporary land development Before any land shall be cleared of trees and
sales office on the development site subject to other growth, excavated, filled and/or graded,
the following conditions and restrictions: (3024) such land shall have been platted or replatted
into lots, blocks or parcels for building
development in the manner prescribed by the (f) All piping and other serving utilities shall
Subdivision Ordinance as set forth under be concealed from view.
Chapter 29 of the Code of the City of Coral (g) The size, location, attachment and design
Gables, and the owner thereof or his contractor of solar water heating devices shall be in
shall have applied for and obtained a permit for conformity with the building design and
such work from the Building and Zoning overall neighborhood character.
Department. The fee for such permit shall be (h) Adequate architectural details shall be
thirty (30) dollars for the first lot and ten (10) drawn to show the proper installation of
dollars for each additional lot and such fee shall the system and particularly the roof
be deposited to the General Fund of the City of mounting and method of attachment and
Coral Gables as payment for the cost of such drawings shall be subject to the
inspection of such work as it progresses and at approval of the Board of Architects.
its completion. (2631)
Sec. 21-12 - Screening of rooftop equipment.
Sec. 21-11 - Solar water heaters and
equipment. Air-cooled condensing and/or compressor
equipment, water cooling towers and any other
The erection and/or installation of solar water type of mechanical or service equipment or
heaters and equipment shall be subject to the apparatus installed on roofs of all buildings
following conditions and restrictions: constructed on or after October 1, 1969, shall be
(a) Collectors located in the same parallel screened from view by a parapet or some other
plane of a sloping roof shall be fastened to type masonry wall or screening as shall be
a maximum of one and one-fourth (1¼) approved by the Board of Architects for
inch by one-eighth (⅛) inch metal angles architectural design.
placed directly on the roofing membrane.
Surrounding tile shall butt to the edge of Those buildings constructed prior to October 1,
the side of the collector. 1969, shall be exempt from this requirement
(b) Collectors located in a different plane from until such time as renovation or rehabilitation of
the roof shall incorporate an architectural any portion of said building is permitted. At the
masking device to screen the underside time of permitting for any renovations or
and edge of the collector apparatus from rehabilitation in which the value of such
ground view where such collector is visible construction exceeds twenty (20) percent of the
from the street. Such screening device assessed value of the structure, any air-
may be roof planes, mansard roofs, shed conditioning and/or mechanical apparatus
roofs, parapet walls, chimneys or such mounted on roof tops, whether new or existing,
other features as may be approved by the shall be screened. Said screen shall be
Board of Architects. constructed so as to conceal the machinery from
(c) Collectors located on a flat roof may be the eye on a horizontal plane of observation.
mounted directly upon the roof or may be (2625)
elevated above the roof provided,
however, that all portions of the elevated Sec. 21-13 - Screening or storage areas.
apparatus are screened from ground view
by means of some architectural screening All storage areas permitted under this ordinance
device as provided for under (b) above, shall be enclosed on all sides with a solid or
and provided further that such screening louvered masonry wall, not less than six (6) feet
device shall be approved by the Board of in height, with necessary openings.
(d) Where rooftop hot water storage tanks are Sec. 21-14 - Installation of rock yards.
used they shall be screened from view or
shall be incorporated in some architectural Prior to installation of rock yards, plans shall be
feature such as cupolas, chimneys, etc. submitted and approved by the Board of
(e) Where collectors are mounted on the Architects.
ground they shall be screened from view
from the abutting streets, and the setbacks
for such collectors shall be as required for
Sec. 21-15 - Railings on exterior balconies. principal structure and shall be allowed to
within fifteen (15) feet of any street or
The use of redwood, cedar or cypress wood waterway property line with the following
fastened to a continuous metal support shall be conditions: (2931, 3556)
permitted as the top handrail only of railings on 1. All air-conditioning units or
exterior balconies. Except as provided above, equipment shall meet noise level
the use of wood for railings or any part of railings requirements called out in Section
on exterior balconies is hereby prohibited. 16-147 of the City Code.
(2721) 2. Any air-conditioning unit or
equipment, except for window wall
Sec. 21.16 - Dormer windows. units, located closer than fifteen (15)
feet to any rear or side property line,
The use of wood framed dormer windows shall or closer than twenty-five (25) feet to
be permitted on single-family and duplex- any street or waterway property line
residence buildings subject to the approval of shall be visually screened from view
the Board of Architects and the Structural with landscaping which shall be in
Engineer. addition to the requirements of
Section 15-2 (h).
For the purpose of this section, a dormer 3. Any air-conditioning unit or
window is defined as a window set upright in a equipment required to be screened
sloping roof. from view shall be subject to review
and approval by the Board of
Sec. 21-17 - Wind break panels. Architects and the Building and
Wind break panels consisting of soft pliable vinyl NOTE: For additional information regarding the
material installed in extruded vertical sliding construction, operation, and/or maintenance of
frames may be attached to screened enclosure such appliances as air-conditioning equipment,
panels and screened porch panels, provided fans, blowers, pumps, turbines, compressors,
that the supporting members of the screened refrigerators, machinery, generators, etc. refer to
enclosure, screened porch and wind break Ordinance No. 1553, as amended.
panels are designed to meet and comply with
the wind load and structural requirements of the Sec. 21-19 - Septic tanks.
South Florida Building Code and provided
further, that when the wind break panels are in (Rescinded 5/12/92--Ordinance No. 2992)
an open position the area of the panels shall not
exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the area of Sec. 21-20 - Miscellaneous requirements for
the screened walls of which they are a part. construction.
The color of the vinyl material shall be approved The following minimum standards shall be
by the Board of Architects. required for construction:
(a) Wall studs. Minimum bearing or non-
Sec. 21-18 - Air-conditioning units and bearing interior partition studding shall be
equipment, and other types of mechanical two (2) by four (4) inches with greater
equipment or apparatus installed on or dimension perpendicular to the wall
attached to premises. surface provided, however, that studs on
non-bearing interior partition within a room
(a) In a residence, duplex or apartment district may be placed parallel to the wall surface.
or areas as defined herein, air-cooled (b) Wall construction. All portions of exterior
condensing and/or compressor equipment walls, including interior walls of garages,
which is a part of an air-conditioning rooms exceeding twenty-five (25) square
system or a water cooling tower, and any feet in area which lie within a garage,
other type of mechanical equipment or recessed areas above or below normal tie
apparatus installed on or attached to beams as in carports or recessed porches,
premises shall be completely retained entries or on limited areas, such as gable
within the primary building, or shall meet roof ends, shall be of the same type
side and rear setback requirements for the construction as the main walls of the
building and properly topped with tie beam cabanas, utility rooms, storage rooms and
or rakes, unless the building is located similar structures shall be not less than six
within a designated flood hazard area (6) inches above the established grade as
whereby specially designed blow-out determined and established by the
panels are required by local, county, state Building and Zoning Department, pursuant
or federal regulations. Wall construction to this Code and a current survey showing
within a designated flood hazard area elevations, and in no case shall be less
where specially designed blow-out panels than six and one-half (6½) feet above M.
are required shall be designed with a safe L. W. used Bay Datum. The elevation of
loading resistance of not less than ten (10) floors where alley rights-of-way exist shall
and no more than twenty (20) pounds per be elevated near the alley to a point of six
square foot. Designs in excess of twenty (6) inches higher than the highest point of
(20) pounds per square foot may be the alley paving abutting the property.
utilized if designed and certified by a Where alleys or streets have not been
Professional Engineer and approved by improved, design grades as furnished by
both the Board of Architects and the City's the Engineering Division of the Public
Structural Engineer. But in no case shall Works Department shall apply. (2625)
the design load be in excess of one- (f) Floor elevations--Existing buildings. Floor
hundred (100) pounds per square foot. elevations for improvements to existing
Such enclosed space shall be useable buildings shall meet the requirements
solely for the parking of vehicles, building above, but in no case shall be less than
access, or storage. The use of fill for any the floor elevation of the existing structure
reason is prohibited within these spaces. where such existing floor does not meet
Said blow-out or break-away walls shall be the above minimum elevations and
constructed of materials as the Board of provided that the cost of the improvements
Architects and Structural Engineer shall are less than fifty (50) percent of the
deem suitable. (2615) assessed value of the structure either (1)
(c) Beams. All structural supporting beams, before the improvements are started, or
including beams on external walls of (2) if the structure has been damaged and
porches, carports, loggias, and similar is being restored. (2625)
areas shall be of reinforced concrete or (g) Yard elevations. Where ground elevations
structural steel, provided, however, that are raised above that of adjoining lots or
pressure treated wood structural lots graded to shed water onto adjoining
members, so stamped and certified will be property, a retaining wall or curb and/or
permitted on entries, loggias and porticos drainage ditch or well, subject to the
which are not enclosed or intended to be approval of the Building Official, shall be
enclosed or screened and where enclosed installed to protect said adjoining property.
walls are to be used as vehicular cover. (h) Garage and carport floors. Floors of
(d) Floor elevations--Residential. Minimum carports and garages shall be of non-
floor elevations of residential, duplex, or absorbent and incombustible materials.
multiple-family structures, except as (i) Bearing--Joist and rafters. The provisions,
otherwise noted herein, shall be not less rules and regulations, as well as the
than sixteen (16) inches above the directions of Miami-Dade County, Florida,
established grade as determined and shall be followed in connection with all
established by the Zoning Department, joists and rafters bearing on wood plates.
pursuant to this Code and a current survey (j) Miscellaneous electrical standards.
showing elevations, but in no case shall be 1. Service entrance caps for residences
less than eight (8) feet above M. L. W. and duplexes shall be located at the
USED Bay Datum. Open or enclosed corner of the structure nearest the
porches and Florida rooms may be eight utility pole from which service is
(8) inches lower than required for the main obtained.
structure, except in high flood hazard 2. All panels and related service
zones. (2625) equipment shall be electrically
(e) Floor elevations--Commercial. Minimum connected at the time the roughing-
floor elevations of commercial, industrial in inspection is made.
structures, private or public garages,
3. Where a meter socket is required to Sec. 21-21 - Unity of title and Declaration of
be installed on any new structure, a Restrictive Covenant in lieu thereof. (3518)
hose bib shall be installed within ten
(10) feet of such socket or outlet in Intent. When it is necessary that two (2) or more
order to provide an adequate ground lots, parcels or portions thereof are added or
for such electrical system. joined, in whole or in part, a Unity of Title or
(k) Furring of walls. Exterior walls of habitable Declaration of Restrictive Covenant in lieu of a
areas of all buildings, except commercial Unity of Title shall be filed to ensure the
and industrial structures, shall be furred properties are planned, developed and
with standard one inch by two (2) inch maintained as an integral development and/or
pressure treated strips to provide a three- project and are consistent with and satisfy the
quarter (¾) inch air space between wall requirements of the Zoning Code, Code of
and lath surfaces. Ordinances and Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
(l) Foundations. Foundations of buildings
may project on public property, provided Sec. 21-21a - Unity of Title.
such projection shall not exceed six (6)
inches into an alley, and provided that the (a) General requirements. As a prerequisite to
top of the foundation is not less than the issuance of a building permit, the
twelve (12) inches below the established owner(s) in fee simple title shall submit a
grade of a sidewalk nor less than forty-two Unity of Title in recordable form to the
(42) inches below the grade of an alley. Building and Zoning Department providing
(m) Foundations--Special locations. (2631) that all of the property encompassing the
1. All structures lying within the shaded building site upon which the building and
area shown on the Exhibit Map appurtenances are to be located shall be
entitled: Special Locations Requiring held together as one (1) tract of land and
Pile Foundations contained within providing that no part or parcel shall be
this section, must be supported by conveyed or mortgaged separate and
pile foundations designed by a apart from the building site, as set forth
professional engineer. Construction under the building permit in the following
of the foundations shall be under the cases:
inspection control of a special 1. Whenever the required off-street
inspector as set forth in Subsection parking is located on contiguous lots
305.3 of the South Florida Building or parcels or is located off-site, as
Code. provided for under Section 13-3(b)
2. Exception. Structures within the area and (c) of this Code.
that do not lie in a V-zone (HFH) 2. Whenever the building site consists
classification may be founded on of more than one lot or parcel and
spread footings provided that the the main building is located on one
footings bear on a natural lot or parcel and auxiliary or
undisturbed sound rock formation accessory use buildings or structures
that is at least five (5) feet thick and are located on the remaining lot or
that the bottom of the footings are at parcel comprising the building site.
least six (6) inches below the top of 3. Whenever the building site consists
the natural sound rock formation. of more than one lot or parcel and
(n) Sinks, urinals, water closets and other the main building is located on one
similar facilities. Sinks, urinals, water or more of the lots or parcels and the
closets and other similar facilities in areas remaining lots or parcels
other than the main building on the encompassing the building site are
premises such as, but not limited to, required to meet the minimum
cabanas or additions which are not tied in zoning requirements.
or directly connected with the main 4. Whenever a building is to be
building, shall be permitted provided constructed or erected upon a lot or
proper restrictive covenants, approved as parcel which is larger in frontage,
to execution and form by the City Attorney, depth and/or area than the minimum
are given. required by the Zoning Code and
which lot or parcel would be
susceptible to further resubdivision in together with the application for Unity
accordance with the Zoning Code of Title.
and Subdivision Ordinance. (c) Approval. The Unity of Title shall be
5. Whenever the Board of Adjustment subject to review and approval by the City
provides that a Unity of Title shall be Attorney as to form and content, together
executed as a condition for the with any additional legal instruments to
granting of a variance. preserve the intent of the ordinance to
6. Whenever a Unity of Title is promote single building sites and to
specifically required by an ordinance properly enforce the Zoning Code and
or resolution passed and adopted by Code of Ordinances.
the City Commission. (d) Appeal. Appeal of the Building and Zoning
7. Whenever a building site in any R, D, Director’s decision shall be to the Board of
or A-Use District consists of more Adjustment. See Zoning Code, Article 26,
than one platted lot. Appeals for additional information.
(b) Requisites. (e) Release. Any Unity of Title required by this
1. The owner(s) shall provide a section shall not be released except upon
Certificate of Ownership by way of approval by resolution passed and
an opinion of title from an Attorney- adopted by the City Commission and
At-Law licensed to practice in the executed by the City Manager and City
State of Florida or from an abstract Clerk.
of title company licensed to do (f) Recording. The owner(s) shall pay all fees
business in Miami-Dade County, as required by the Zoning Code or Code of
Florida; said opinion of title shall be Ordinances for the processing and
based upon an abstract or certified recording of the Unity of Title.
title information brought up within ten (g) Enforcement. Enforcement of the Unity of
(10) days of the requirement that Title shall be by action at law or in equity
such Unity of Title or Declaration of with costs and reasonable attorney’s fees
Restrictive Covenant be recorded. and City fees to the prevailing party.
2. The opinion of title shall include the
names and addresses of all Sec. 21-21b - Declaration of Restrictive
mortgagees and lien holders, the Covenant in lieu of a Unity of Title.
description of the mortgages and/or
liens and the status of all real estate (a) General Requirements. In the case of
taxes due and payable. separate but contiguous and abutting
3. A subordination agreement signed building sites located in C-Commercial or
and executed by the mortgagees M-Industrial Use Districts owned by one
and/or lien holders shall accompany (1), separate or multiple owners wishing to
and be made a part of the Unity of use said property as one building site, the
Title. Building and Zoning Director or designee
4. The Unity of Title shall be executed may approve a Declaration of Restrictive
with the same formality and manner Covenant in lieu of a Unity of Title together
as a warranty deed under the laws of with a Reciprocal Easement and Operating
the State of Florida. Agreement approved for legal form and
5. The City may also require that the sufficiency by the City Attorney. The
property owners file additional Declaration of Restrictive Covenant shall
documents with appropriate state run with the land and be binding upon the
and local agencies to ensure that the heirs, successors, personal
properties are treated for the representatives and assigns, and upon all
purposes herein as a single building mortgagees and lessees and others
site. Such documents shall include, presently or in the future having any
where appropriate, declaration of interest in the property. In such instances,
condominium, approved by the State the property owner(s) shall agree that in
of Florida and recorded in the public the event that ownership of the subject
records of Miami-Dade County. properties come under a single ownership,
Copies shall be provided to the City the applicants, successors and assigns,
shall file a Declaration of Restrictive (c) Other applicable provisions. All Declarations
Covenant covering the subject properties. of Restrictive Covenant as provided within
(b) Declaration of Restrictive Covenant shall these provisions shall satisfy the following:
comply with the following: 1. The subject site will be developed in
1. Submit a record of the existing height, substantial accordance with a site plan
existing size and site conditions, to approved by the Board of Architects and
include both plan and photographic be subject to all applicable public
evidence. hearing and appeal requirements
2. Develop, maintain and operate the provided in the Code.
property as a single building site. 2. Subsequent owners of all parcels shall
3. Develop individual building sites within be bound by the terms, provisions and
the subject property in accordance with conditions of the Declaration of
the provisions of the City’s Restrictive Covenant.
Comprehensive Land Use Plan and 3. The conveyance of portions of the
Zoning Code. Individual building shall subject property to third parties shall
not be eligible for height, floor area or require a Reciprocal Easement and
development bonuses based on the Operating Agreement executed by the
combined size of the individual third parties in recordable form including
properties. the following:
a. Easements in the common area of
Façade alterations shall be permitted only as each parcel for the following:
necessary to accommodate the internal (1) Ingress to and egress from the
connection of the separate buildings and other parcels.
improve the building’s general appearance. (2) For the passage and parking of
Building façade improvements shall require vehicles.
Board of Architects review and approval. All (3) For the passage and
other applicable improvements may be reviewed accommodation of pedestrians.
and approved by the Building and Zoning b. Easements for access roads across
Director. the common area of each parcel to
public and private roadways.
The City shall only release a Declaration of c. Easements for the following on each
Restrictive Covenant if the individual properties parcel to permit the following:
satisfy all applicable Zoning Code, Code of (1) The installation, use, operation,
Ordinance and Comprehensive Land Use Plan maintenance, repair,
requirements and the release does not created replacement, relocation and/or
substandard or nonconforming building sites. removal of utility facilities in
Requests for modification of an existing (2) The installation, use,
Declaration of Restrictive Covenant shall be maintenance, repair,
submitted to the Building and Zoning Director replacement and/or removal of
and satisfy the following: common construction
a. Provide written consent of the current improvements such as footings,
owner(s) of the phase or portion of the supports and foundations.
property for which modification is sought. (3) The attachment and support of
b. The modification shall not create a fire buildings or other associated
emergency situation or be in conflict with the structures and/or improvements.
provisions of the Zoning Code, Code of (4) For building overhangs and
Ordinances and Comprehensive Land Use other overhangs and projections
Plan. encroaching upon such parcel
from adjoining parcel such as,
The Building and Zoning Director may impose by way of example, including
conditions within the Declaration of Restrictive but not limited to the following:
Covenant to insure the above provisions are marquees; signage; canopies;
satisfied. lighting devices; awnings; wing
(5) Reservation of rights to grant part of the Declarations of Restrictive
easements to utility companies. Covenants.
(6) Reservation of rights to road 4. The Declaration of Restrictive Covenants
right-of-ways and curb cuts. shall be executed with the same
(7) Pedestrian and vehicular traffic formality and manner as a warranty deed
over dedicated private right under the laws of the State of Florida.
roads and access roads. 5. The City may also require that the
d. Appropriate agreements between the property owners file additional
owners of the parcels as to the documents with appropriate state and
obligation for maintenance of the local agencies to ensure that the
property to include but not limited to properties are treated for the purposes
the following: maintenance and herein as a single building site. Such
repair of all private roadways; documents shall include, where
parking facilities; common areas; appropriate, declaration of condominium,
landscaping; and, common facilities approved by the State of Florida and
and the like. recorded in the public records of Miami-
Dade County. Copies shall be provided
The provisions within this section or portions to the City together with the application
thereof may be waived by the Building and for Declaration of Restrictive Covenant in
Zoning Director if they are not applicable to the lieu.
subject property. (e) Approval. The Declaration of Restrictive
Covenant shall be subject to review and
These provisions of the Reciprocal Easement approval by the City Attorney as to form and
and Operating Agreement shall not be amended content, together with any additional legal
without prior written request and approval of the instruments to preserve the intent of the
City Attorney. In addition, such Reciprocal ordinance to promote single building sites
Easement and Operating Agreement shall and to properly enforce the Zoning Code,
contain such other provisions with respect to the Code of Ordinances, Comprehensive Land
operation, maintenance and development of the Use Plan.
property as to which the City and the parties (f) Appeal. Appeal of the Building and Zoning
thereto may agree, all to the end that although Director’s decision shall be to the Board of
the property may have several owners, it will be Adjustment. See Zoning Code, Article 26,
constructed, conveyed, maintained and Appeals for additional information.
operated in accordance with the approved site (g) Release. A release of a Declaration of
plan. Restrictive Covenant shall require approval
(d) Requisites. from the City Commission upon review and
1. The owner(s) shall provide a Certificate recommendation by the Building and Zoning
of Ownership by way of an opinion of Department. Approval shall be via a
title from an Attorney-At-Law licensed to Resolution passed and adopted by the City
practice in the State of Florida or from an Commission and release executed by the
abstract of title company licensed to do City Manager and City Clerk. The Building
business in Miami-Dade County, Florida; and Zoning Department and the City
said opinion of title shall be based upon Commission must fund that upon
an abstract or certified title information demonstration and affirmative finding that
brought up within ten (10) days of the the same is no longer necessary to preserve
requirement that such Declaration of and protect the property for the purposes
Restrictive Covenant be recorded. herein intended.
2. The opinion of title shall include the (h) Recording. The owner(s) shall pay all fees
names and addresses of all mortgagees as required by the Zoning Code and/or Code
and lien holders, the description of the of Ordinances for the processing and
mortgages and/or liens and the status of recording of the Declaration of Restrictive
all real estate taxes due and payable. Covenant. The Declaration of Restrictive
3. A subordination agreement signed and Covenant shall be in effect for a period of
executed by the mortgagees and/or lien thirty (30) years from the date the
holders shall accompany and be made documents are recorded in the public
records of Miami-Dade County, Florida, after
which they shall be extended automatically trash trucks will not block the
for successive periods of ten (10) years intersections of streets or alleys
unless released pursuant to the Release while servicing trash containers.
provisions contained herein. 4. The trash container enclosure shall
(i) Enforcement. Enforcement of the consist of:
Declaration of Restrictive Covenant shall be a. a concrete pad or impervious
by action at law or in equity with costs and pavers as a base.
reasonable attorney’s fees to the prevailing b. five (5) foot high enclosure walls
party. c. an access gate.
5. An impervious surface shall be
Sec. 21-22 - Variances for historic landmarks. provided between the trash container
enclosure and the street or alley
(Rescinded 2/5/03 – Ordinance No. 2003-10) from which the containers will be
6. Whenever possible, a hedge, or
Sec. 21-23 - Commercial trash containers. similar landscaping material, shall
abut the enclosure walls.
Plans for new commercial construction or plans (c) Trash container rooms and enclosures
for renovation of an existing commercial shall be subject to review and approval by
structure where the cumulative cost of such the Building and Zoning Department and
renovation is in excess of twenty (20) percent of the Public Service Director.
the assessed value of the existing commercial (d) Upon written request of a property owner,
structure shall make provisions for a trash the requirements specified in (a) and (b)
container room or enclosure in accordance with above may be waived by order of the City
the following provisions: (2648) Manager or his designee provided the
(a) All new commercial construction projects; following conditions are met: (3129)
all renovation projects having a setback of 1. The trash generated within the
less than ten (10) feet on the side of the subject commercial building can be
property best suited for the servicing of disposed of in a shared consolidated
trash containers shall include a trash waste container/compactor located
container room for the purpose of housing off-site; and,
dumpsters or other trash receptacles. 2. The trash disposal location is
1. The trash container room may only acceptable to the City's commercial
be located on the rear or side of the waste disposal contractor; and,
project and shall be easily accessible 3. A legal instrument, as prescribed by
for servicing. the City Attorney, is executed by the
2. The trash container room shall be subject property owners
fully enclosed and include lockable acknowledging that the City Manager
doors. shall be empowered to direct full
(b) Renovation projects having a setback of compliance with the above trash
ten (10) feet or more on the side of the enclosure/room requirements if the
property best suited for the servicing of use of the consolidated waste
trash containers shall include a trash container is no longer available.
container room pursuant to subsection (a) (3129)
1. and (a) 2. above, or a trash container
enclosure in accordance with the following: Sec. 21-24 - Family day-care home.
1. The trash container enclosure may
only be located in the rear yard, rear A family day-care home as defined in Section 2-
setback area, side yard or side 48, herein, may be permitted in any R, D or A-
setback area. Use district, subject to the following conditions
2. The trash container enclosure shall and restrictions: (2703)
be placed at least five (5) feet from (a) Each facility shall obtain a family day-care
any property line, but not within the home license from the City of Coral
triangle of visibility. Gables. Said license shall be renewable
3. The trash container enclosure shall every year to ensure continued
be located such that garbage or
compliance with the provisions of this deflectors and beam directions shall be
Section. submitted to the Building and Zoning
(b) Upon making application for a family day- Department.
care home license, the applicant shall (b) The Building and Zoning Department may
provide the following information: issue a permit for such lighting, if, after
1. Applicant's name, address and review of the plans and after consideration
telephone number. of the adjacent area and neighborhood,
2. Property owner's name, address and the proposed lighting will be deflected,
telephone number (if different from shaded and focused away from adjacent
applicant). properties and will not be a nuisance to
3. Address of family day-care home. such adjacent properties.
4. Business name to be used. (c) In addition, such outdoor lighting shall be
5. Expected total number of children for designed so that any overspill of lighting
which day-care will be provided. onto adjacent properties shall not exceed
6. Size of residence or dwelling unit one-half (½) foot-candle (vertical) and one-
(square foot floor area) to be used. half (½) foot candle (horizontal)
(c) The maximum number of preschool illumination on adjacent properties. An
children unrelated to the resident outdoor lighting installation shall not be
caregiver, shall not exceed five (5%) per placed in permanent use until a letter of
facility. Elementary school siblings of the compliance from a registered architect or
preschool children may also receive day- engineer is provided stating that the
care outside of school hours, provided that installation has been field-checked and
the total number of children, including meets the requirements as set forth above.
those related to the care-giver shall not
exceed ten (10). Sec. 21-26 - Newsracks on private property.
(d) Family day-care home facilities shall be (2728)
limited to one per residential structure and
spaced at least ten-thousand (10,000) feet (Rescinded 3/31/92--Ordinance No. 2985)
apart measured from property line to
property line. Sec. 21-27 - Movable planters.
(e) Family day-care home facilities shall
provide a fenced or walled rear yard. Containers for plant materials which are not
(f) No signage or other means of identification permanently attached to a structure or the
shall be permitted on the exterior of a ground shall be considered movable planters
facility to indicate the operation of a Family and shall be permitted in setback and right-of-
Day-Care Home. way areas in any C or M zoning district provided
(g) Family day-care home shall provide no that such planters:
less than two-hundred (200) square feet of (a) 1. Are made of clay, stone or concrete,
gross floor area for each child which and shall be terra cotta, white or earth-
receives care within that dwelling unit. tone in color, or the color of the
(h) Family day-care home shall be registered abutting store front facade.
or licensed with the State of Florida, 2. Are no greater in size that 2'(H) X
Department of Health and Rehabilitation 3'(W) X 3'(L) in size.
Services (HRS) prior to obtaining a City of 3. Can be relocatable indoors when a
Coral Gables license. hurricane warning is issued.
4. Do not project more than thirty-six (36)
Sec. 21-25 - Outdoor lighting. inches into the right-of-way, beyond
the face of the building to which they
Exterior lighting for areas such as but not limited are adjacent.
to, tennis courts, golf courses, sporting grounds, 5. Provide a minimum clear passage of
outside lighting for security purposes and night thirty-six (36) inches, do not represent
lighting of commercial buildings abutting a pedestrian hazard, or obstruct any
residential areas shall be permitted under the entrances, exits or pedestrian
following conditions: (2706) circulation.
(a) Plans indicating the location, height, type
of lights, levels of illumination, shades,
6. Are not anchored or restrained in any Sec. 21-29 - Prefabricated fireplace
visible manner such as with a chain, chimneys.
rope or wire.
7. Are maintained, together with the plant Prefabricated fireplace chimneys constructed of
material contained therein, in good steel angle frame and a stucco finish may be
condition, are kept clear of all refuse, installed on duplexes and single-family
and are inspected by the property residences only when the fireplace addition is
owner or tenant on a daily basis. proposed on an existing structure and is located
8. Are used solely as decorative fixture on an interior wall. Fireplace chimney additions
for the abutting business on exterior walls (outside of existing building
establishment. footprint) may not be prefabricated. All
9. Shall not display lettering, signage or prefabricated fireplace chimneys shall be subject
advertising. to Board of Architects review and approval, and
10. That a Restrictive Covenant be must be designed to meet or exceed South
executed by the owner which runs with Florida Building Code requirements, and be
the title of the property, stating, in approved by the City Structural Engineer. (3160)
addition to the above, that the owner of
the property will provide public liability Sec. 21-30 - Authority to enter into
insurance coverage for planters placed development agreement; hearings.
in the public right-of-way in the
minimum limits required by the City, (a) Authority – The City Commission shall
and naming the City as an additional have authority to enter into a development
insured under the policy. agreement with any person having a legal
Any movable planters which do not meet the or equitable interest in real property
requirements herein shall be removed located within its jurisdiction in accordance
immediately. with the requirements of the Florida Local
Government Development Act, 163.3220
Sec. 21-28 - Miscellaneous fees. et seq., as amended, F.S.;
(b) Definition – A development agreement is
Application fees shall be charged for the an agreement entered into pursuant to the
following uses which require Special City Florida Local Government Agreement Act
Commission or City Manager review and between the City, as a local government,
approval. Fees shall be charged according to and a developer regarding development of
the table below, and shall be paid at the time the a particular parcel of land. A development
request is submitted. agreement shall not exceed ten years in
(a) Sauna/Whirlpool Facility (Section 3-6(d) duration unless extended by mutual
53)…………..……………………… $400.00 consent of the City and the developer,
(b) Health Athletic Clubs (Section 3-6(f) 17) subject to a public hearing in accordance
………....……………………………. .400.00 with F.S. 163.3225.
(c) Firearm Sales (Section 3-7(a) 2) (c) Requirements and Procedures – The
….……………………………………..400.00 requirements and procedures are
(d) Concrete Products Manufacturing (Section governed by the Florida Local
3-7(a) 14)……………………………..400.00 Development Agreement Act, as provided
(e) Tour Guide Service with Cars/Buses in F.S. 163.3220 et seq., as amended.
(Section 3-7(a) 49) .....…………….. 400.00
(f) Open Lot Christmas Tree Sales (Section
(g) Permit to Keep Wild Animals (Section 8-
14) (approved by City Manager) ($10.00
annual renewal fee) . . .…………….100.00
(h) Attended Parking (Section 13-2(b))
(i) Parking in Front Setback (Section 13-3(a))