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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.
The cost of the permit depends on the type of work to be done and the cost of the project to be completed. All permit fees are regulated by and specified in the City Code of Ordinances. You can also call the Building department at 321-868-3217.
Building Permit Applications are now accepted online.
State law requires that all construction work be done by a licensed contractor. Residents are discouraged from hiring unlicensed contractors. Both the unlicensed contractor and the owner who ordered the work may be subject to severe fines and penalties. Call the Building Department at 321-868-3217 to verify a contractor's status before you sign a contract for repairs or construction work.
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.
Please access the application portal on OpenGov (https://cocoabeachfl.viewpointcloud.com/)
You make make a public records request in person, by phone, e-mail or complete a Public Records Request Form
Call the Clerk of Circuit Court at 321-637-5413, or visit Brevard Country Clerk of Courts website.
Birth and/or Death Record can be obtained from the Brevard County Vital Statistics Office located 2575 N Courtenay Pkwy, Suite 104, Merritt Island, Florida 32953. For more information visit their website at Florida Department of Health Brevard County.
Call the Brevard County Tax Collector at 321-264-6910.
As of March 19, 2020, the City Clerk no longer provides Notary Services.
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.
If your permanent address changed in any way, complete a Florida Voter Registration Application (found in the Clerk’s Office or any of the Supervisor of Election Offices), or fill in the back of your voter ID Card and return card to any of the Election offices.
A property Lien Search is usually obtained by entities such as title companies, when property ownership is changing. The search provides information about outstanding debt, such as fines, fees and assessments, owed to the City. Lien Searches are conducted by: Orange Lien
A name change may be made in person or in writing at any one of the Election Offices
Code Enforcement Officers respond to neighbors' complaints, telephone complaints and routine patrols. In addition, they will respond to anonymous complaints but only on a low priority basis. To inquire if a code violation exists, or to report a code violation, contact the Code Enforcement unit at 321-868-3200.
Some of the common code violations are:
The CRA Board generally meets on the first Thursday of each month. Visit the Commission and Board Meetings Calendar for more information.
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.
The city maintains street signs and signals on all city streets except A1A and SR 520.
Streetlights are maintained by Florida Power and Light (FPL). FPL can be contacted at 321-723-7795.
Other FPL related concerns or services:
In order to make sure that a site is safe for digging you can enter a ticket at Sunshine811 or call them at 800-432-4770.
You can report a trash pick up concern at Waste Management or 321-636-6894. If you need additional assistance after contacting Waste Management, please contact the city at 321-868-3219 or by email public works.
Brevard County Animal Control is responsible for dealing with stray dogs and cats.
Sea Turtles: The Turtle Preservation Society must first be contacted:
Upon their inspection, the turtles will be marked with orange paint to indicate that they have been inspected and are ready to be disposed of by city workers.
Dolphins and Manatees: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is notified:
The stormwater sewers in the city are maintained by the City's Stormwater Department. You can call Stormwater at 321-868-3292, or email stormwater if the drains on your street are blocked or if you have an ongoing water drainage problem. The Stormwater Department also operates a street sweeper to remove excess sand and dirt from roadways.
The City's Public Works Department handles dune crossover repairs, you can report damage by reporting crossover damage online or calling 321-868-3219 to report any such repair needs.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issues field permits for such trimming, they can be contacted at 321-725-4548.
The City's Stormwater Department is responsible for maintaining clear passage on the city's canals. You can contact them at 321-868-3292, or email us Stormwater to report problems with the canals.
Waterway charts are available for a fee through the City Clerk's office at 321-868-3235. The chart can also be accessed electronically through the city's ArcGIS Portal .
The cost of the permit depends on the type of work to be done and the cost of the project to be completed. All permit fees are regulated by and specified in the City Code of Ordinances. You can also call the Building department at 868-3217 or fax to 868-3378. The Building Fee Schedule can be found here Resolution Number 2022-17
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.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issues field permits for such trimming. They can be contacted at 321-725-4548.
Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department operates the Brevard Country Landfills. For hours please contact Brevard Waste Management at 321-633-2042 or via email.
The city's contract with USA Waste Management includes special pick-up of many items of this nature, to arrange for a special pick-up, or to get more information on allowances and restrictions, contact USA Waste Management at 321-723-4455.
Effective April 1, 2020 the City of Cocoa Beach has partnered with Orange Lien Data, LLC to process Lien Searches and Requests from title companies, closing agents, and others seeking gather information about outstanding debt owed to the City. To request a Lien Search go to Orange Lien and follow instructions.
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.
A beach fire permit will be conditionally granted with payment of a fee and strict adherence to the regulations issued with the permit. Permits will be issued on the day of the requested fire only and shall depend on weather conditions determined by the Fire Department.
Check Burn Permit Availability
When we get a 911 medical call the Fire Department responds with a fire truck that has Paramedic firefighters on it. We are able to initiate advanced medical care and then the ambulance will arrive to transport the patient to the hospital. In emergencies it often takes multiple people to take care of the patient.
The fire department is not licensed to fill extinguishers, but there are local companies that fill and service extinguishers.
Our Department does 24hour shifts. We have 3 shifts, A, B, C that rotate 24 hours on from 8am to 8am the next morning then the next shift takes over. They rotate year round for coverage 24/7.
Firefighters do 24 hour shifts. It is common for them to stop on the way back from a 911 call and pick up food so they can cook dinner as a shift. They are usually centrally located at the store and ready to respond if another call comes in.
Yes, a permit is required from the city, to apply for a permit please fill out our Garage Sale Form.
There is no charge for a Garage Sale Permit.
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 Webpage to pay or request an Appeal.
When Appealing about a citation for non-payment, please include how you paid the meter - coin, credit card, or mobile app. If you used a credit card, give us JUST the last 4 digits of the card you used.
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?
What’s not considered a clerical error?
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, please provide as much detail as possible, especially your method of payment - coins, credit card, or mobile app.
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.
After your initial appeal, you can request a hearing with a County Court Judge within 10 days of the citation date. In order to do so, you will need to fill out a Request for Hearing form and have it notarized. Please note, the form must be received within 10 days of the citation at the Cocoa Beach City Hall. A hearing will be scheduled for you at a time a County Court Judge will determine whether a parking violation has been committed.
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 for Handicap Citations), plus court costs, for a parking violation. Failure to comply with this citation within 10 days will result in an increased penalty as shown on the citation.
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
A hearing will be scheduled for you at which time a County Court Judge will determine whether a parking violation has been committed.
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.
Contact the Brevard County Clerk of Courts to discuss the options available to you. The City of Cocoa Beach is no longer the holder of the citation once it is handed over to the Clerk of the Court, therefore not allowed to take payments. 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.
Contact the Brevard County Courts and request a continuance. The contact information would have been provided in your notice of hearing letter/email.
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.
To Request an Administrative Review please contact:
City of Cocoa BeachAttn: Parking AdministratorP.O. Box 322430 Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
If you were the registered owner at the time the citation was issued, then you are responsible for the citation. 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.
In order to removed as the owner of this vehicle please visit the Department of Motor Vehicles and fill out a Release of Liability Form.
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 BeachAttn: Finance DepartmentParking P.O. Box 322430Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
Declaration of Non-Ownership Form
The Cocoa Beach RMCPay system allows you to:
Have your citation on hand?
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." NOTE: 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 you just received your citation, you will not be able to pay online until it is uploaded to the parking citation system. Most citations are issued using handheld electronic ticket-writing equipment and are uploaded within just a few minutes after being issued.
Handwritten citations can take several days to be entered into the parking citation system. If your citation is not in the system, you can still send your payment by mail or pay in-person. Please 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 uploaded 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 321-868-3253.
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.
Once you have selected the citation(s) to be paid, follow the on-screen instructions. You will be asked for your credit card information, please be sure to review the information to confirm it is correct when prompted.
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 employs the use of digital certificates on their website to provide a secure, encrypted connection between capable Web browsers and their Web servers.
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 BeachAttn: Finance Dept Citation PaymentP.O. Box 322430Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
You can appeal the citation within 10 days of the citation issue date Cocoa Beach RMCPay Website.
The information you will need for your appeal:
Notarized A Parking Enforcement Team Member will review the citation for dismissal
You may also 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.
Affidavit of Disabled Parking Permit Ownership Form
If you have received a citation while using Passport Parking App, you will need to fill out an appeal on Cocoa Beach RMCPay Website. 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.
City of Cocoa Beach will void citations issued when a clerical error has occurred and when there is good cause shown that an error was made by citizens/visitors while paying for Passport Parking sessions. You will need to fill out an appeal on Cocoa Beach RMCPay Website.
Once payment has been confirmed Parking Enforcement will void out the citation as a clerical error.
Cases involving criminal acts which appear to have some basis of solvability are referred to a Detective for further investigation.
To inquire about your case, call the Police Department at 321-868-3200 ext. 713 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ask to speak to a member of the Criminal Investigations Division or Deborah Smith.
You can also email the Criminal Investigations Division or Deborah Smith with all inquiries.
Copies of police reports are made available Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 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 SupervisorCocoa Beach Police Department85 South Orlando AvenueCocoa Beach, Florida 32931-2430
321-868-3265 (Tel)321-868-3239 (Fax)
Email Liz Bass
Fingerprinting services are available in the Police Records Department on the second floor of the Police Station.
Services are available Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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:
No, the City does not supply reclaimed outside of Cocoa Beach- not Viera or Brevard County residents.
Cross-connection of the Reclaimed Reuse Water with other sources of water or use for potable purposes is prohibited. Reuse water cannot enter a residence or building. Devices or systems which are connected to or which controls a device or system connected to the city's reclaimed water system must be in compliance with the latest editions of the city code and the United States Environmental Protection Agency manual:
Device(s) and Installation
The minimum required type of device for backflow installation upon the residential premises to protect the potable water supply where reclaimed water is to be used, shall not be less than a dual check valve installed by City of Cocoa Utilities. Installation shall require testing of the device at time of installation by a certified/licensed tester and shall be tested annually. Vacuum breakers shall be installed on all outside potable water faucets to prevent back siphonage. All installations shall comply with requirements set by the City Code.
Each customer of reclaimed water shall not have any recourse against the city for the loss of reclaimed water supply due to main distribution system down times, or for damage to vegetation or any other damages due to the use of reclaimed water.
Applicants for reclaimed water service will be provided with a descriptive brochure regarding public safety and reclaimed water use.
Please Email the Stormwater Team or call 868-3292 to report any concerns about a pollutant discharge violation.
To report illicit discharge anonymously please fill out a Pollution Discharge Notification Form.
In the past, dredging was primarily for creating canals or opening navigable channels back up. Dredging had a bad reputation environmentally because of the impact it had on habitat. Recently, dredging has been considered a Stormwater Best Management Practice because of its ability to improve water quality by removing nuisance muck sediment. Muck sediment is very light and is easily stirred up into the water column. Once in the water column, it does not settle easily and makes the water "turbid" or unclear. Unclear water doesn't allow sunlight through and so seagrass can't grow. Seagrass is considered the primary production resource in the Indian River Lagoon system and all other lagoon habitat depends on it. Most important is to reduce the muck by reducing pollution to the canals. Even after we have reduced most of our upstream loading, we will still have to dredge the nuisance muck in order to have cleaner water.
Several steps will have to be accomplished before the Community Redevelopment Area becomes a reality. Thesesteps are as follows:
These steps should be taken in partnership with the taxing entities that will contribute to the Redevelopment Trust Fund. The City of Cocoa Beach is legally responsible for the administration, management and funding of the CRA and its projects and activities.
The city has a contract with USA Waste Management for trash pick-up. You can contact USA Waste Management at 321-636-6894.
If you need additional assistance after contacting Waste Management, please contact the city at 321-868-3219 or email Public Works.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday - For household hazardous waste (paint, lawn chemicals, etc.)
The city has a contract with USA Waste Management for trash pick-up. You can contact USA Waste Management at 321-723-4455.
If the response your are getting can be improved, contact the city:
Phone : 868-3219Email Public Works.
It is a violation of the city code to leave your grass clippings in the street, curb or gutter. It is also a violation of the city code to blow them into the storm drain. Grass clippings are one of the primary causes of pollution on the Banana River Lagoon. They settle on the bottom of the canals and rivers, decompose into muck that chokes off sunlight reaching underwater vegetation which cannot survive without the sunlight. Fish and marine mammals need the vegetation to survive.
Violators are subject to fines by the City Code Enforcement Officers. For more information on City Code Enforcement, please visit the City Code Enforcement Webpage.
If your yard waste is not picked up when scheduled please contact USA Waste Management at 321-723-4455.
If you wish an improved response contact the City Public Works Department at 321-868-3219 or Email Public Works.