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Minimally, the building inspector will issue a "cease work" order until you obtain the proper building permit. The minimum penalty for doing work without a permit is that you will be charged twice the normal fee for the building permit for the type of work you are having done. If the work being done is in violation of the building codes or the zoning regulations, the work must be changed to comply or else the work must be undone. Matters of non-compliance are referred to the City's Code Enforcement Board which has the authority to review the case and impose fines up to $250 per day until compliance is achieved.
A Business Tax that is levied on each business, occupation, or profession for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, occupation, or profession within the city limits. A business will actually receive a Business Tax Receipt and not a license after the tax has been paid.
Download, print, and return the Business Tax Receipt application.
There are notaries at City Hall, in the Development Services, City Clerk's Office and in Human Resources. Hours for notary services are 9am to 5pm. If the document to be notarized is City required, there is no cost. Notary service cost is $5 per signature.
Call the Brevard County Tax Collector at 321-264-6910.
Call Brevard County 321-244-4410 or a local bait shop.
Check out the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections website for the Names of the Representatives (under the Election Pages Section.)
Absentee ballot requests may be made in person, by mail, or by phone to the Supervisor of Elections at any time during the one year preceding any election.
City of Cocoa Beach Land Development Code (Ord 1595) Political Sign RegulationsSection 5-04. Sign Standards and CriteriaA. Temporary Non-Commercial Message Signs: The following standards and criteria shall apply to all temporary non-commercial message signs located and placed within the City limits. Noncommercial message signs do not contain commercial advertising for a commercial for-profit business, service or product.1. These signs shall all be freestanding signs, constructed of sturdy, all-weather materials such as hard plastic, vinyl, masonite or wood of a sufficient thickness to withstand the local weather conditions commonly experienced. (Paper and cardboard signs are strictly prohibited).
2. No temporary signage shall be placed within the public rights-of-way, and unless approved by the City Manager in advance. No temporary signage shall be placed on City owned property.
3. No part of any temporary sign shall be located closer than two (2) feet from a property line or a public right-of-way, and in no instance shall any temporary sign obstruct the visibility of any motorist, bicyclist or pedestrian from seeing oncoming pedestrians, bicyclists or vehicular traffic.
4. These signs may be double-faced, with messages on the front and back sides of the same sign, and only the sign area of one (1) side shall be used for the sign area calculations.
5. Standards for locating signs on residential or commercial properties:a. On residentially zoned properties, no single sign shall exceed six (6) square feet in sign area, and a total of three (3) temporary signs are permitted on any one (1) property, with a maximum of eighteen (18) square feet of total combined sign area, at a maximum height of four (4) feet for all signs.b. On commercially zoned properties, no single sign shall exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in sign area, and a total of three (3) temporary signs are permitted on any one (1) property, with a maximum of ninety-six (96) square feet of total combined sign area, at a maximum height of eight (8) feet for all signs.
7. Temporary non-commercial message signs shall be removed within three (3) calendar days from the date the scheduled event has concluded.Section 5-14. Prohibited Signs and DisplaysThe following signs are prohibited within the City limits:A. Signs on seawalls and retaining walls. No message or commercial advertising sign other than those placed by a governmental entity shall be attached, painted or applied to any seawalls or retaining walls bordering any body of water or waterway, except attached to commercially zoned properties, or as exempted by Section 5-08(L).B. Signs on public utility poles and trees. No sign of any type, except signs posted by the utility to their poles, shall in any way be attached to any public utility poles or trees. Paper and cardboard signs are prohibited to be used as any type of sign throughout the City.C. Signs obstructing clear passage. No part of any sign shall in any way be attached to or located to obstruct any fire escape, access or ventilation device which prevents free passage from one (1) part of a roof to another.D. Sign over public property. No sign shall extend over public property or public right-of-way.E. Banner signs. Banner, balloons, pendants, streamers, or other types of attention getting devices, except temporary signs in accordance with Section 5-04(B) as approved by the Administrator.
Banner signs may not be placed across any street or thoroughfare without the approval of the City Manager or designee and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), where appropriate.F. Illumination features. No sign shall be located where it can be seen from any street or highway that in any way resembles a traffic signal or emergency vehicle light. This includes any rotating and/or flashing signal lamps of any color, similar to those used on emergency vehicles.G. General. The following signs, sign features, or attention getting devices are prohibited:1. Bullseye, spiral, divergent, sequential, flashing or intermittent lights or messages designed todraw and focus attention to a single point.2. Spectacular signs, with the exception of changeable message boards and/or electronic readerboard signs, are allowed in accordance with the following:a. The display of each different message must each be displayed for a minimum five (5)seconds, before changing to a new message.b. The transition between messages must not flash once the new message is displayed.3. Signs which are held by a person and twirled, and any type of rotating paddle signs whichchange the displayed message when the paddles are rotated.4. No sign of any kind shall be located, to in any way interfere with, block the view of, resemble or look similar enough to be confused with any authorized traffic signal, sign or device.5. No sign shall use words of warning, such as "STOP," "LOOK," "DANGER," or any word,phrase, symbol or character that in any way interferes with, distracts or confuses motorists.6. No sign of any kind shall be located to interfere with the clear line-of-sight for motor vehicle,bicycle or pedestrian traffic. Any signs found to be in violation will be immediately removed atthe sole discretion of the City Code Enforcement Officer.H. Signs on glass visible from a public right-of-way shall not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the total square footage of the glass area on which the sign is located, or as more specifically designated in each separate zoning district in Chapter II of these regulations.I. A trailer or vehicle sign, when not permanently affixed to the trailer or vehicle, which is parked for the intended purpose of adding additional signage beyond that which is allowed by this Code. This provision does not apply to a trailer or motor vehicle which has a business identification sign permanently affixed to it, which is operable, properly licensed, and regularly used for the daily operation of the business, which does not remain parked on the business property for any extended or excessive period of time as determined by the Code Enforcement Officer, or when it is parked temporarily at any other location, such as the operator’s residence, or while the operator of the vehicle is conducting business.J. No illuminated sign or display shall be located as to violate City Code Section 15-44.K. Any other signs not specifically identified as being allowed are classified as being prohibited.Section 5-28. Penalties for ViolationIt shall be unlawful to violate any of the provisions of this Chapter and any violation shall be punished in a manner provided by City Code of Ordinances Chapter 31. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.
Section 5-30. Removal of SignsA. Any unauthorized or prohibited sign located on any City property, public rights-of-way, utility poles or trees will be removed by the City without notice to the owner of the sign. Such signs shall be stored by the City for five (5) days before being destroyed or discarded. If the owner of the sign is known, a Notice of Violation against City Code may be issued in accordance with City Code Chapter 31. Registration Application and Guidelines
In 1999, the voters of the City of Cocoa Beach approved a referendum, whereby the city could only establish a CRA, with the approval of a majority of qualified voters casting ballots. On January, 2008, Cocoa Beach voters approved a referendum to establish a CRA in Cocoa Beach. Cocoa Beach has one CRA area, or CRA district - the Downtown CRA District.
Resolution No. 2009-20, adopted in 2009, set the CRA Area boundaries.
There are notaries at City Hall, in the Development Services, City Clerk's Office and in Human Resources. Hours for notary services are 8:30am to 4:30pm. If the document to be notarized is City required, there is no cost. Notary service cost is $5 per signature.
For household hazardous waste (paint, lawn chemicals, etc.):8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Please call 321-633-1888
No. All fireworks are prohibited on the beach and in public parks. Only fireworks that are approved by the State Fire Marshal are permitted on private property.
You can pay it, Appeal it, or request a hearing within ten days. After ten days late fees are added. If an additional 10 days a further late fee is added. If the citation still has not been paid, further collection action will occur. Visit Cocoa Beach RMCPay to pay or request an Appeal.
The City of Cocoa Beach does not grant payment extensions. A payment must be received within 10 days of the date the ticket was issued. Otherwise, late fees will be added, which often double the ticket fine. Additional collection fees can be added if the ticket remains unpaid after the initial late penalty is assessed.
Per City Ordinance Number 1502 your vehicle will only become eligible to be booted or towed if the vehicle has five or more delinquent tickets.
Our system is not perfect. However, there are only a limited number of reasons a citation can be dismissed by an appeal: clerical errors, payment issues, or medical emergency. What are examples of clerical errors? •The vehicle make is incorrect •The license plate number is incorrect •Errors made by citizens/visitors while paying for a parking session What’s not considered a clerical error? •If you did not see a sign or misunderstood the parking signs. •If you did not properly display the correct decal, permit or receipt. If your citation contains a clerical error please file for an appeal within 10 days of the citation issue date. To file an appeal please go to Cocoa Beach RMCPay and provide as much detail as possible - including but not limited to pictures.
Appeals are processed on case-by-case basis in the order they are received. We make every effort to resolve appeals within 24 business hours. Please be aware that if your case needs further review it may take longer to resolve the appeal. Appeal decisions will be emailed to the email address provided.
You may return the form in person to the Cashier in City Hall or email the form to the Finance Department.
Request for Hearing Form
Please note that Pursuant to Section 316.1967, Florida Statutes, an election to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of the right to pay the penalty set forth on the citation and the County Judge may impose a fine not to exceed $100.00 ($250.00 for Handicap Citations), plus court costs, for a parking violation.
If you fail to appear for your hearing, a trial will be conducted in your absence. There may be a No-Show fee assessed in addition to the original fine and court costs.
Citations must be contested within 10 days of the date the citations are issued. Once that period of time has expired, you lose your statutory right to contest that citation. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If you are contesting your citation on the grounds that the vehicle was stolen, the vehicle no longer belonged to you at the time the ticket was issued, or the sole registered owner of the vehicle is now deceased, you have an unlimited period of time to request an Administrative Review. To Request an Administrative Review please contact: City of Cocoa Beach Attn: Finance Department - Parking P.O. Box 322430 Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430 PHONE: 321-868-3221
If you continue to receive parking citations for this vehicle it is probably because the DMV still has your name on record as the legal owner. You must go to the DMV and fill out a Release of Liability. Once you have done so, you must also fill out a Declaration of Non-Ownership form, submit the documentation as listed on the form, and send it to the City of Cocoa Beach at the following address:
City of Cocoa Beach Attn: Finance Department - ParkingP.O. Box 322430Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
Declaration of Non-Ownership Form
The Cocoa Beach RMCPay system allows you to perform website inquiries, start an Appeal, and pay parking citations online. Your citation number can be found on the original citation or on the Notice of Delinquent Parking Citation Letter. Enter the citation number and then click on "Search." When entering the citation number please exclude any leading Alpha-characters and/or zeroes at the beginning of the citation number. If you do not have your citation number, you can instead look-up citations by vehicle license plate number. Just enter the vehicle license plate number in the field indicated, Select the License Plate State, and then click on "Search."
If your citation is not in the system, you can still send your payment by mail or pay in-person. Just make sure you include a copy of the original citation with your payment. Your payment will be processed upon receipt. Once the citation is entered or downloaded into the system, the payment will be automatically applied to the citation and no further action will be required on your part.
If you cannot locate your citation on the website and need additional information or are experiencing difficulties accessing the website, please call the City of Cocoa Beach Finance Department at 321-868-3221.
Sometimes the website may not be available for making inquiries or accepting payments. If you are unable to access the Cocoa Beach RMCPay website it should be available within one or two hours. If you continue to experience difficulties accessing the website, please call City of Cocoa Beach Finance Department at 321-868-3221.
After your credit card information is validated and the payment is authorized, the payment and the associated credit card charge will be immediately applied to the citation. You will see the charge on your next credit card statement. You should print the online receipt for your records or you can receive an email receipt by providing an email address.
The Cocoa Beach RMCPay system uses industry standard security measures and assures your transaction is safe and secure. RMC also employs the use of digital certificates on their website to provide a secure, encrypted connection between capable Web browsers and their Web servers. However, if you are still not comfortable making your payment online you can mail your payment to the address below in the form of a check or money order. Please be sure you include the Citation number with your payment. City of Cocoa Beach Attn: Finance Department – Citation Payment P.O. Box 322430 Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
Within 10 days of the citation issue date Appeal the citation at Cocoa Beach RMCPay. The information you will need for your appeal: •You will need to attach a copy of your placard (front and back) •affidavit of disabled parking permit ownership filled out and notarized A Parking Enforcement Team Member will review the citation for dismissal. Or you may mail a copy of your placard (front and back) and completed affidavit to the below address and a Parking Enforcement Team Member will review the citation for dismissal. City of Cocoa Beach Attn: Finance Department – Parking P.O. Box 322430 Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430 Affidavit of Disabled Parking Permit Ownership
If you have received a citation while using Passport Parking App, you will need to fill out an appeal on Cocoa Beach RMCPay. Please attach a screen shot of the payment session with zone, space, date, and time of payment. If payment is confirmed Parking Enforcement will void out the citation as a clerical error.
Please attach a screen shot of the payment session with zone, space, date, and time of payment. Explain the issue in detail. Once payment has been confirmed Parking Enforcement will void out the citation as a clerical error.
Look for the SUN! STEP 1: ParkSTEP 2: Remember your space/stall number (numbers can be found painted on the ground at the rear of the vehicle)STEP 3: Look for PAY HERE signs - Pay Stations are installed by the PAY HERE signs.STEP 4: Enter your space number and pay for the duration of parking via currency or credit card.
The pay stations accept U.S. coins and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex). The meters do not accept paper money.
No, the pay stations do not give change. All over-payments are non-refundable.
STEP 1: Insert your credit card. STEP 2: Follow the instructions on the screen to select time (select MORE TIME to increase time OR select LESS TIME to decrease time). STEP 3: Follow the instructions on the screen to accept the transaction.
The City’s system is paperless and the data is electronically stored. Parking enforcement will be able to see your payment on their equipment or via the Passport-Parking App.
If you need a receipt, go to MyParkingReceipts.com 24 hours after you have used our system.
This will be determined by the space or lot in which you have parked. Please refer to the signage by the Pay Station or in the Lot in which you have parked. Our current Day Rate is $10 for all areas except Shepard Park. Please note that parking sessions ends at 11:59 pm and there is no overnight parking allowed.
Please call City of Cocoa Beach Finance Department at 321-868-3221 and provide the location of the pay station and the closest space number to the meter. Or you can go to Report A Concern on the left side of this website.
Please be sure that payment is accepted.
The City requests that you call City of Cocoa Beach Finance Department at 321-868-3221 to report the out of order machine. To locate the Pay Station in question please provide the number of the closest parking spot to the Pay Station.
Yes, a vehicle with a displayed valid handicap placard or tag is allowed to park in any space without paying. Please be sure that your placard is hung from the rear view mirror. Refer to City Resolution #2016-10 for more information. Vehicles with handicap placards or tags may not park unlawfully - in loading or bus zones, at a yellow curb, in a no parking or handicap space, on sidewalks or blocking fire hydrants and private driveways, etc. These violations are be enforced 24 hours/7 days.
Please call City of Cocoa Beach Finance Department at 321-868-3221 and provide the location of the pay station and/or the closest parking space number to the Pay Station, to have the Pay Station reviewed. Or you may Report A Concern on the left side of this website.
Copies of police reports are made available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at a cost of .15 per single sided copy and .20 per double-sided copy. These include: case reports, accident reports, arrest records and any other information that is of public record. Victims may obtain a copy of their case report at no cost. When requesting reports by mail, please send a check for the required amount along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
NOTICE REGARDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE CITY OF COCOA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC RECORDS CUSTODIAN
Liz Bass is the City of Cocoa Beach Police Department’s custodian of public records. Pursuant to Section 119.12, Florida Statutes, the contact information for the City of Cocoa Beach Police Department’s custodian of public records is to be prominently posted in the administrative building where the City of Cocoa Beach Police Department’s public records are routinely created, sent, received, maintained, and requested.
The contact information for the City of Cocoa Beach Police Department’s Public Records is:
Liz Bass, Records and Evidence Supervisor
Cocoa Beach Police Department
20 South Orlando AvenueCocoa Beach, Florida 32931-2430
Traffic Citations are processed through the Traffic Division of the Brevard County Clerk of Court's Office. If you have any questions about paying for a traffic citation or you would like to set a hearing date, please contact the Clerk's Office directly at 321-637-5413.
Per the City Code the City Manager promulgates procedures and regulations with respect to the matters dealing with the Reclaimed Water System, these procedures are then adopted by the City Commission. Such procedures and regulations include:
City staff can establish the following:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday - For household hazardous waste (paint, lawn chemicals, etc.)