Planning and Zoning

Home to nearly 2,760 people, The City of Williston was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Willis and incorporated in 1897. Williston’s Planning and Zoning Committee and City Planner are working hard to retain its country charm and maintaining its history while ensuring a vibrant economy.

The City of Williston is a Fair Housing Advocate

The City of Williston is a Fair Housing Advocate (City Ordinance #323). If you feel you have been discriminated against, you may file a housing discrimination complaint at:  1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free)  or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY)  or locally, with the City Planner/Project Manager of City of Williston at 352-528-3060.

P&Z Board Vacancy

The City of Williston is seeking volunteers to fill two (2) vacancies on the Local Planning Agency (LPA)/Zoning Commission (P&Z Commission). The vacancy needs to be filled as soon as approved by the City Council. The P&Z meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers (50 NW Main Street, downtown Williston).

The P&Z Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council for updates to the comprehensive plan, reviewing and making recommendations on rezoning, and land development regulations.

The Planning Commission is comprised of seven members serving four-year terms. The membership includes seven citizen-at-large positions and one School Board member (appointed by the School Board).

Applicants must live within the City limits of the City of Williston.  Please contact the Community Development Department for an application at 352-528-3060 or

Zoning Forms and Applications


The City of Williston utilizes City ordinances can be found by clicking below.


The Planning and Zoning Commission makes up the membership of the Historical and Beautification Committee. The City of Williston Historical and Beautification Committee is an advisory committee to the Williston City Council that was established by City Charter for the public health, welfare, sanitation, economic stability, beautification and general civic improvement of the City. The duties of the historical and beautification committee are to recommend and survey the need for municipal improvements that will generally keep the City a fit place as to health, sanitation, civic beauty and proper economic development.

Do you know some who has wonderful tales and accounts about Willistons’s past? Do you like to talk to groups about the “good ol days”? The Williston Historical and Beautification Committee is pleased to present a special program connecting residents of Williston with each other to pass down the charming and important history of the area and record it for posterity. Please contact Laura Jones at 352-528-3060 to participate.


Quite frequently the Community Development Department gets this question and most of the time our folks get frustrated because they do not understand why…

Quite simple, the City assists folks with making sure they are not constructing the fence on their neighbor’s yard, we make sure the height of the fence meets the land development code requirements.  Depending on the type of fence (example, column/iron fences) you may need a review by the Building Official.  These type fences have structural components that may be a bit more complicated than an ordinary, for example, wood/wire fence.

So, if you want a new fence…visit our website and get a copy of the Fence Permit Application. The City of Williston Community Development team is here to assist you with Permits, Grants and Planning and Zoning.