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Group Homes

What is a group home?
While there is no official definition for a group home, it is commonly described as housing serving unrelated children, unrelated elderly, or unrelated persons with disabilities.

What rules apply to “group homes”?
In the City of Pompano Beach there are both group homes that are required to have a state license, as well as group homes that are not required to have a state license. If a group home has a state license, they are able to have up to six unrelated people residing in the home and they may be permitted to provide services and treatment for their residents. They are required, pursuant to Florida State Statutes, to be separated from similar homes. If a group home is not required to have a state license, they are limited to three unrelated people residing in the home. They are not permitted to offer any services or treatment at the home. They are not required to be separated.

Are “group homes” allowed in single family neighborhoods?
A state licensed group home with six or fewer residents is allowed in single family neighborhoods as long as it is located at least 1,000 feet from another state licensed group home. A group home which is not required to have a state license is treated simply as a residential use and is permitted in single family neighborhoods. They are only permitted to have up to three unrelated people residing in the home. They are not permitted to offer any services or treatment at the home and they are not required to be separated.

Are there separation requirements for “group homes”?
Florida State Statutes §419.001 require a minimum separation of 1,000 feet for state licensed group home with six or fewer residents. A group home which is not required to have a state license is treated simply as a residential use and are not required to be separated. They are only permitted to have up to three unrelated people residing in the home. They are not permitted to offer any services or treatment at the home.

Are sober homes regulated?
There is not legal definition for the term “sober home”. However a sober home is the common name for a group home for persons in recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse. The State of Florida does not require sober homes to have a state license. Therefore they are treated as residential uses and are limited to three unrelated people residing in the home. They are not permitted to offer any services or treatment at the home. They are permitted in single family neighborhoods and are not required to be separated. In 2016, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published a Joint Statement on State and Local land use laws and practices regarding group homes, including sober homes. Here is a link to this Joint Statement. In response, the City Attorney’s Office wrote a memo explaining the implications of the Joint Statement on the City’s ability to regulate Sober Homes. Here is a link to the City Attorney memo.

What can the city do if a “group home” is causing problems in the neighborhood?
If the group home is a licensed group home, depending on the issue, the City will contact the state licensing agency. Depending on the problems being caused, the City will send the appropriate Staff to investigate the problem. If the problem is illegal activity, BSO will be sent to investigate. If the problem is a City Code violation, the property owner will likely be cited by Code Compliance and scheduled for a hearing in front of the City’s Special Magistrate. For ongoing problematic locations, the City has other enforcement mechanisms, including nuisance abatement.

Who can I call if the group home is causing problems in the neighborhood?
The most common complaints the City receives, as well as the City department’s contact information, are available on the "Complaints: Who to Contact” tab. Complaints regarding Noise are also available on the “Noise” tab. Please review these pages and contact the responsible department. If the complaint is not listed, please email Businesstaxreceipt@copbfl.com