Development Services

Benjamin A. Dunn, MPA, CPM, Development Services Director

Email: bdunn@highlandsfl.gov
501 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, Fl 33870
Phone: (863) 402-6650
Ben Dunn began his career with the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners in June of 2015 as the Development Services Director.  

The Development Services Department exists to create a quality community life for the citizens of Highlands County, which is accomplished through implementing countywide 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 located at 501 S. Commerce Avenue in the old county annex building in downtown Sebring and includes several divisions:
  • Building
  • Code Enforcement
  • Planning
  • Zoning
  • Housing
The Department is also tasked with implementing economic development initiatives and strategies to encourage new business to locate to 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.  The following offices are responsible for these initiatives:
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism Development