Development Services

Benjamin A. Dunn, MPA, CPM
Development Services Director
501 S. Commerce Ave. Sebring, FL 33870

Phone: (863) 402-6650


The Development Services Division is located at 501 South Commerce Avenue in the old county annex building in downtown Sebring and includes several departments:

  • Building
  • Code Enforcement 
  • Housing
  • Office of Economic Development
  • Planning 
  • Tourism Development Council 
  • Zoning



The Development Services Department exists to create a quality community life for the citizens of Highlands County, which is accomplished through implementing county wide building, code enforcement, comprehensive planning and zoning policies and regulations that will ensure that Highlands County can respond to the ever-changing needs and values of its citizens. The Development Services Department is also tasked with implementing economic development initiatives and strategies to encourage new business to locate to the County and to facilitate retention and expansion of existing local businesses with the goal of increasing job growth and the local tax base and improving the quality of life for the local community.