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Yes, only residents of the City of Boca Raton may purchase plots in the Cemetery. For more information, please contact the Cemetery Office at (561) 393-7748.
Florida law authorizes municipalities to recoup their costs of providing public records. If the public record request requires more than fifteen (15) minutes of employee time (including the time to gather, copy, scan and/or print the requested documents, or redact information exempted by Florida Statutes, if necessary), the requester will be charged for that time at the lowest hourly rate of the class of employee(s) involved. For physical copies of requested documents, there will be a charge of $.15 per page for one-sided copies ($.20 per page for two-sided copies). If the City anticipates that there will be a significant cost to provide the requested public record, the City will provide an estimated cost for the public records. The requester must acknowledge the estimated costs and authorize the City to proceed before document production will begin. Once the request is complete, the requestor must pay the City before the documents will be provided.
There are some things that you can consider when you make a public records request that can decrease the response time and reduce production costs. • A significant amount of information is available on the City’s website. • Be specific; avoid overly broad requests. • Provide dates ranges of requested public records, especially on emails and correspondence.
The City responds to public records requests as quickly as possible. However, requests for a large number of documents, or requests that require significant staff time may result in a longer response time. The volume of public record requests may also slow the response time.
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No. Florida Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 20-90 specifies that all beaches in Broward and Palm Beach County are closed. The order further provides that the County Administrator may modify the directive, but the Palm Beach County Administrator has not modified that order, so all Boca Raton beaches are closed. We provide this information to our residents so you can make informed choices about your behavior during this COVID-19 emergency.
Law enforcement officials including the City’s Police Department will patrol and enforce these orders to the best of their abilities. Please be mindful that the more time and attention our police and code enforcement officials spend warning people, the more interaction and exposure we all have.
We understand this is an inconvenience, but the closures are in place for the public’s health, safety and welfare. Please keep in mind that these are temporary restrictions during this COVID-19 emergency and that sacrifices are required by everyone. Please adhere to strict social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Marine Conservationist Team has been monitoring the beaches in Boca Raton for Sea Turtle and shorebird nesting activity since mid-February. The first nest occurred February 23, 2020, which is ahead of the normal nesting season dates of March 1. The City of Boca Raton considers beach monitoring for sea turtle nesting activity to be an essential job.
No. While the Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-003 does allow for those with commercial licenses to access boat ramps, the City of Boca Raton closed all parks, including Silver Palm Park and it will remain closed to all activity until further notice. Then closure is being enforced by the Boca Raton Police Department. Municipalities may order more restrictive measures.
No. Pursuant to the Palm Beach County Order 2020-001a, which is in effect for the City, “all boat docks…utilized for launching any vessels to be used for recreational purposes” are closed until further notice. The County has confirmed that the Order includes private single-family and condo docks.
The Silver Palm Park boat ramp will remain closed.
Yes. Building inspections are being performed on new commercial buildings and new single family homes. No building inspections are being performed on any occupied dwellings. A drop box is located outside the front door for corrections or revisions to existing permit applications or current building permits. New permits need to be applied for online.
All permit application fees can be paid online and inspections scheduled or canceled online.
Yes. However, the Building Department Lobby is not opened to the public. The Building Department is operating Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm with the exception of Wednesday 8am - 3pm.
The City of Boca Raton Building Department is continuing to review all electronic plan submissions, online permit applications and issue approved building permits.
Additional questions can be sent to the Building Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-393-7930.
No. New permits need to be applied for online.
Customers should pay online.
No. Palm Beach County Emergency Orders 2020-002 and 002a and 2020-003 and 003a apply countywide and are applicable in Boca Raton. Nail salons are NOT considered “critical businesses” so they should remain closed.
Yes. The City considers pawn shops to be essential businesses. All businesses that are essential and remain open should practice social distancing in compliance with the measures advised by the CDC and the State of Florida (no more than 10 people in a social gathering with 6 feet of distance in between each person).
Please call the non-emergency number for the Police Department at 561-368-6201.
Yes. The City considers bicycle sales and repair shops to be essential businesses as they are businesses that provide transportation in a manner similar to automobile dealerships (new and used) and automobile repair shops. Of course, all businesses should practice social distancing in compliance with the CDC and the State of Florida (no more than 10 people in a social gathering with 6 feet of distance in between each person).
To see the list of essential businesses, visit the City’s webpage.
No. Palm Beach County Emergency Orders 2020-002 and 002a and 2020-003 and 003a apply countywide and are applicable in Boca Raton. Tennis courts and lessons are not considered a critical business under these orders. In addition, all parks (public and private) are ordered closed, and tennis courts and other recreation facilities (public and private) would be considered part of public and private parks.
In addition, the exception for businesses with 5 or fewer employees applies only when the employees do not come in regular contact with the general public and can conduct business in a manner that complies with social distancing. A tennis lesson involves regular public contact, and it is not clear how it could observe social distancing.
Pros may wish to consider some sort of virtual (on-line) lesson where clients can participate from home.
Some businesses that are still open may be considered "essential." View the entire list of essential businesses in the City of Boca Raton’s Emergency Order.
City Council, Council Workshops and CRA meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020 and Tuesday, April 14, 2020 and Monday, April 27, 2020 and Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Although it has not yet been determined if both meetings will take place in April, the meetings will not be held in person in the council chambers. The meetings will take place by teleconference and/or video conference with public input.
More details will follow on these and other public meetings, including Planning and Zoning.
No. Currently, there is not a curfew in place for the City of Boca Raton.
The "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order (3/27/20) should not be much different than what you should already be doing. It is meant to preserve the health, safety and welfare of our residents. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not a quickly passing weather event or public safety issue that has a definitive ending. We don’t need to stay indoors 24/7, but we do need to make some serious changes to our daily routines. Outdoor exercise and activities are healthy and encouraged as long as social distancing is observed (maintain 6 feet of distance between each person).
Many of you have been taking all precautions and making the sacrifices that are required right now, and we appreciate how you are leading by example. We will continue to assess the situation and take restrictive measures as needed for the safety of the entire community, especially our healthcare workers, first responders and critical infrastructure workers who can’t work from home. If we take appropriate actions now, then we can avoid taking more drastic measures later.
This "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order (3/27/20) is meant to preserve the health, safety and welfare of our residents. The United States is leading the world in COVID-19 cases and South Florida is quickly becoming a “hot spot.” While we know the virus can be deadly for seniors and those with compromised immunity, it’s now evident that people of all ages are at risk, including young children and healthy adults.
With no known cure and no vaccine, the best way to avoid transmission is social distancing. The purpose of this order is to encourage people to stay home, discourage social gatherings and slow the curve of cases in our area; we must avoid overwhelming our health system, first responders and critical infrastructure workers. The purpose is to save lives.
Until further notice. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not a quickly passing weather event or public safety issue that has a definitive ending.
The question people should be asking is “How can I do my part to save my community from the spread of this pandemic?” not asking, “What will they do to me if I don’t comply?” We’ve seen the strain on Police Departments, EMS and Fire Departments around the country; many agencies have hundreds of employees in quarantine and out sick. We need to prevent that from happening in Boca Raton.
No. The current emergency orders provided by the City of Boca Raton only apply to residents within City limits, however, Governor DeSantis implemented a Stay at Home Executive Order that applies to the entire state.
For residents who live in unincorporated Boca Raton, please refer to Palm Beach County for any additional directives or emergency orders.
If you and unsure if you live in the City limits or not, please refer to the Boca Raton City Limits map.
Our Citizens Information Center (CIC) is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm to receive your questions: 561-982-4900.
You can also reach out to us on social media:
Additionally, you can visit the City’s website for resource links and updates or subscribe to our newsletters for news and announcements.
No. With the emergency orders now in effect by the City, County and the State, private community pools are to be closed until further notice.
The order spells out several definitions for "essential activities" you may still engage in:
Essential Retail and Commercial Activities: Residents and visitors may engage in essential retail and commercial activities and travel to or from essential retail and commercial businesses. See the detailed list that includes things like:
Outdoor Recreational Activities: Residents and visitors may engage in outdoor activity and recreation, including, without limitation, walking, hiking, running or cycling in areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet apart.
Personal Support Activities: Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, family member, or pet in another household.
Yes. Outdoor exercise and activities like biking and walking are healthy and encouraged as long as social distancing is observed (no more than 10 people in a social gathering with 6 feet of distance between each person). However, all City parks and nature areas remain closed and residents should remain close to home.
The Governor’s Stay at Home Order restricts individuals by limiting their movement, except when those individuals are participating in an essential service or activity, similar to the City’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order. The Order enforces this by law enforcement with a second degree misdemeanor on the individual. Based on the Order, local governments are able to impose stricter requirements for their cities and communities.
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While members of the Boca Raton Police Department continue to patrol the city keeping its residents safe, the lobby is closed to the public.
No. Currently all non-essential services have been temporarily suspended.
A copy of a police report or any public records request can be made via the records request section of the website. Visit www.bocapolice.com and click the Records Request icon in the middle of the page.
***Testing sites are not facilitated by the City. Please refer to the Florida Department of Health for additional questions and information regarding testing.
A Palm Beach County COVID-19 drive thru testing site in collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Florida National Guard, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will open on Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00 A.M. The testing site is located at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446. The Cleveland Clinic Florida will be scheduling appointments and handling testing and Palm Beach County, with the assistance of the National Guard, will handle the operation and logistics of the site. Testing kits will be obtained through the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Telephone registration and appointment scheduling will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Beginning Tuesday, April 7, the phone line will be open 7: 00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., seven days a week. Following Tuesday’s opening, testing will be available Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Saturday from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. Preapproval and appointments are required. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by Cleveland Clinic Florida. Screening criteria will include presence of symptoms, exposures, and risk factors.
A brief telephone interview will be conducted to determine eligibility for COVID-19 testing. There may be a high volume of calls, but staff will get to them as quickly as possible. Callers approved for testing will be given an appointment date and time slot for arrival at the testing site. Appointments can be made at 561-804-0250. Upon arrival at the site, a rapid check-in procedure will be conducted that will include verification of appointment time.
Individuals without appointments will be turned away and directed to call Cleveland Clinic of Florida to schedule an appointment. The check-in procedures and the testing (swab sample collection) will be conducted through an open window of the vehicle. No one will be permitted to leave their vehicle
Testing results will be reported to Cleveland Clinic Florida who will notify the patient and the Palm Beach County Health Department. Results can be expected in up to five days, however, it may take longer. Individuals testing positive will be advised of isolation and quarantine protocols and referred for medical care if necessary.
A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opened in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at FITTEAM Park of the Palm Beaches (5444 Haverhill Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407).
Check Palm Beach County’s website to check if they are taking appointments.
Learn more from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
Yes. The shuttle is in service but the service is limited as of March 31, 2020 due to the schedule change implemented by Tri-Rail. Tri-Rail will only be at the Yamato Road station every two hours.
The new service will be the mid-day route and will start at the Tri-Rail station as follows:
:20 after the hour doing a route through The Park at Broken Sound
:45 after the hour arriving at Tri-Rail Station
:50 after the hour doing a route through The Park at Broken Sound
:15 after the hour arriving at the Tri-Rail Station
Tri-Rail has adjusted their schedule due to the decrease in ridership because of the current COVID-19 situation.
See: A Message from the Utility Services Department Regarding the Boca Raton’s Water and Wastewater Services (PDF).
Utility Services provides this service to customers 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. To have the water turned off or schedule a time, please call 561-338-7339.
Water services remain on during transfers. To set up or finalize an account, email Customer Services at CustomerServiceWater@myboca.us. Final/initial meter readings are initiated through that contact.
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To obtain a copy of an easy tutorial, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
To obtain a copy of the naming conventions document please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
The Building Official may authorize a pre-permit construction agreement for interior commercial tenant build outs and multifamily interior build outs only. The application must be complete and executed by the general contractor and owner before being submitted. The application must include the project contract, the notice of commencement and written acknowledgment from the fire alarm and sprinkler companies that the work will not cause system trouble alarms or failure while under construction. The building official, fire official and zoning officer will then review the application for basic code compliance and determine whether the project may commence prior to permit issuance.
To obtain the Pre-Permit Construction Agreement, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or by emailing a request to BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
You have two options for electronic and digital signatures, both meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's applicable licensing boards. 1. Certificate-based digital signature registration: Adobe Acrobat includes a certificate signature utility that lets you sign PDA files with a certificate-based digital ID, also known as a digital signature. With Acrobat you may create your own certificate ID which the City will maintain on file for all of your permit projects. You create this certificate ID by completing a Digital Signature Affidavit form online, signing and sealing the physical form, then hand delivering or couriering to the building division. You must purchase Adobe Acrobat in order to use this option? It is highly recommended that you review the City's tutorial before creating your certificate ID.
To obtain a copy of the Digital Signature Tutorial, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
The only fee needed to get started is an initial deposit -- one percent of the total contract amount or $100.00 minimum.
Application forms as well as prescreen checklists for each application type are available by contacting the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or emailing BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
No. The state of Florida requires that an owner builder applicant appear in person to submit. Please visit us at the Building Department during business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., except Wednesday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Please contact the Building Department regarding window replacements at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
Please obtain an Uploading to ePlans Tutorial by contacting the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or emailing BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
All employment verification requests can be submitted via fax to 561-393-7908
There are two ways to schedule your inspection, the first one is by visiting the Building Permits Web Page or calling our automated inspection phone number at 561-393-7914. Please note that you would need the phone access code number located on the top of your permit cards
The Mizner Park Amphitheater is owned and operated by the City of Boca Raton, and can be rented by private or non-profit organizations for various functions including concerts, performances, fundraising events and festivals. If you are interested in renting the facility, please review the Rental Fees and then complete the Rental Application for review and approval. For more questions please contact the amphitheater at 561-393-7890 or by e-mail at MiznerAmp@myboca.us.
Items not allowed inside the amphitheater for events include but not limited to: Umbrellas, pets, outside food, alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, drones, and/or selfie sticks. If the event is ticketed, please check your ticket for restrictions on cameras and video recording devices.
If the event is ticketed, you may not bring a chair, but you may be able to bring a blanket, please check your ticket for seating information. If you are attending a free event that is sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, you may usually bring a blanket or chair, but check the website for specifics or call 561-393-7890.
There is limited parking in the garages in Mizner Park. We encourage event attendees to carpool and use off site park and walk options from City Hall and the Downtown Library, which are located four blocks south west of Mizner Park from NE 2nd Street. For certain events, preferred, paid parking is available in the lot adjacent to the amphitheater and at the First United Methodist Church located on Mizner Blvd. Other parking options include limited on-street, metered parking in Mizner Park and valet service for those patronizing the shops and restaurants.
You will receive an email advising you that your permit application has been issued. You may also check your status in Boca E-Plans. If your status is in PI, that means that your permit has been issued and ready for you to download. All fees must be paid in full prior to downloading. For a tutorial, please contact the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email at BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
You will get an email stating what fees are due before Issuance. The building permit fee is $100.00 for the first $500 of total contract amount and 1.75% of the balance of the total contract amount. Depending on the type of permit application you may have additional fees other than building permit fees such as fire services fees, environmental fees, engineering fees, county impact fees, water and sewer impact fees, Park and recreation fees or a CAB fee. There are no more plan check fees or sub-permit fees, (except for Fire) and no more certificate of completion fee.
To learn about the requirements for a revision, review the Revision Cost Change Statement Requirements which can be obtained by calling the Building Department at 561-393-7930 or via email to BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us
Yes, you must go into your project and send an e-mail to BuildingPermits@MyBoca.us and they will reopen the project for customer uploading. The PERMIT LIBRARIANS are the only ones that can reopen your project. If you are submitting architectural signed, sealed plans then the architect must encrypt them using the PEDDS format. Please don’t go the City website and create another application. We would then need to revoke the newly created application and move the documents, delaying the process.
You will get an email reminder to submit any missing or deficient prescreen checklist items before the plan review cycle will begin. When the minimum prescreen checklist requirements are met, you will get an email notice letting you know that your plans are submitted for electronic review. Since the documents and plans are electronic, they are available for multiple reviewers at the same time, no more routing. You will get an email notifying you when the review is complete.
*The online renewal process can take up to 7 days to process. If you need your permit immediately, you can renew/purchase in person at one of the Community Centers. For hours and locations CLICK HERE
DIRECTIONS: To renew your permit, please log in and click the Permit Renewal tab.
Please note the following: ?You must have purchased a permit between 9/15/15 – 9/30/16?You must have a Webtrac user name and password (If you do not have a user name and password please CLICK HERE) ?You will only be able to renew the same type of annual permit you owned previously?Credits: If you used a credit/receipt previously or are planning to use one toward your renewal – you must obtain a permit in person at a community center?You must prove ownership or lease the vehicle that you will be using with the permit
If you have purchased a beach permit within the last year, you may renew that permit online with a valid user name and password. User names and passwords can be obtained from any community center, pool, tennis center, or the field house. You will need to show proof of residency to obtain a user name and password.
Community Center Locations:Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432Hours:Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am - 5:00pmClosed Sunday and Federal Holiday
James A. Rutherford Community Center @ Patch Reef Park2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431Hours:Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486Hours:Monday - Friday 8:00 am-10:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Annual Permits
At the December 10, 2018 City Council Workshop, Song & Associates presented conceptual plans for the Government Campus Master Plan. Two options were presented, and City Council members had an opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and provide direction on next steps. Moving forward, the consultant will work with staff to discuss traffic issues, review phasing options and ballpark timing. Song & Associates will revise and update each option with timing and estimated costs.
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On January 23, 2018, City Council passed resolution 20-2018 authorizing a work order for Song & Associates to develop conceptual alternatives for the campus and create a master plan and report that will include elevation drawings, a project budget, timeline and implementation strategies.
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You can also watch a video recording of City Council Meeting from January 23, 2018
At the October 10, 2017 City Council Workshop, Song and Associates presented their report of the public open house that was held on June 21, 2017. (This presentation was rescheduled from the August 22, 2017 regular City Council Meeting.)
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You can also watch a video recording of the presentation from October 10, 2017
On June 21, 2017 Song and Associates, Inc., the City’s consultant, hosted a public open house at the Downtown Boca Raton Public Library to share ideas for the Government Campus Master Plan and seek input from residents. The open house provided an opportunity for the public to share ideas and make suggestions and comments regarding the current and future design of the City’s central municipal campus.Public Open House - Government Campus Master Plan PRESENTATION (PDF) Opens a New Window. The City of Boca Raton is committed to providing access to all individuals seeking information on its website. Video content with closed captioning is available upon request by calling the City Clerk’s office 561-393-7742 or completing this form.
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The MUTCD contains criteria, or warrants, that define the minimum requirements for volume of vehicular or pedestrian traffic that are used to define the need for and appropriateness of a particular traffic control device. Warrants should be viewed as guidelines, not as absolute values. However, if no warrants are met, a traffic signal will not be installed. Satisfaction of a warrant is not a guarantee that a traffic signal is needed. The MUTCD states that proper engineering judgment should be exercised in making the final determination. More details about traffic signals is provided in the Information Brochures section of Traffic Operations
While adding a left turn phase can often improve safety and reduce delay, other solutions such as timing adjustments to improve gaps for left turns and geometric improvements to improve sight distance may be more appropriate. More details on left turn signals is provided in Information Brochures section of Traffic Operations.