The First Step program offers free and convenient help for neighbors, business owners and developers looking for information about permitting and development in the City of Gainesville. Whether you want to build on to your home or build a new commercial building, we are here to help.
How do I schedule a First Step?
To request a First Step appointment, please fill out our First Step Request online form. Meetings are held virtually via Microsoft TEAMS on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings between 9 -11 a.m.
Schedule a First Step
What should I bring?
To get the most out of your First Step meeting, bring as much information as possible about your project, such as a site survey, plans of the existing site or a sketch of your proposed development. There are no specific requirements for materials you need to provide but the more information you give us the better!
What information is provided?
During your First Step meeting, City staff will provide you basic information to help you get your project started. During the meeting we will walk you through the permitting process and identify project design concerns or other needs. By meeting with all city representatives at one time you can save time and be sure that you and the City are on the same page. You will be provided meeting notes and next steps following the meeting.