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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.
You may apply for an Business Tax Receipt between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Development Services Department, located on the second floor of City Hall at 2 South Orlando Avenue, Cocoa Beach.
Call the Brevard County Tax Collector at 321-264-6910.
There are notaries at City Hall, in the Development Services, City Clerk’s Office and in Human Resources. Hours for notary services are 9 am to 5 pm. If the document to be notarized is City required, there is no cost. Notary service cost is $5 per signature. 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.
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
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.
Streetlights are maintained by Florida Power and Light (FPL). FPL can be contacted at 321-723-7795.
Other FPL related concerns or services such as:
Brevard County Animal Control is responsible for dealing with stray dogs and cats. In addition, the county also is responsible for picking up dead animals from public properties. Animal Control can be contacted at 321-633-1765.
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 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 2019-26
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
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.
Yes, a permit is required from the city. To apply for a permit please fill out our Garage Sale Form.
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.
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 Webpage 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.
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
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 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 Beach Attn: Finance Department - Parking P.O. Box 322430 Cocoa 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
For more information please visit the Cocoa Beach RMCPay Website.
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:
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.
City of Cocoa Beach Attn: Finance Department – Parking P.O. Box 322430 Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
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. 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 Logo! STEP 1: Park
STEP 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 My Parking Receipts website 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, Fischer Park, and the garage. 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.
Press the “Cancel” button on the Pay Station. Then try your transaction again. If you receive a "Card Unreadable" notice please try a different form of payment or use the Passport Parking App. Instructions for the app use can be found on the side of the Pay Station. To download the app please visit the Parking Pay Stations Page.
You have options:
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.
You may park your Motorcycle or Scooter in any legal space, you will need to pay at the Pay Station for the space. Parking on any area with diagonal lines is not permitted.
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 Supervisor
Cocoa Beach Police Department
20 South Orlando AvenueCocoa Beach, Florida 32931-2430
Fingerprinting services are available in the Police Records Department on the second floor of City Hall. Services are available Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and from 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.
The city has a contract with an outside firm to maintain the flags. If one of our flags has been damaged, please notify us at 321-868-3219 or 868-3293 or email the Public Works team and we will contact the contractor immediately.
The stormwater sewers in the city are maintained by the City's Stormwater Department. You can call Stormwater at 868-3292 or email the Public Works team 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. Call 868-3219 or email the Public Works team to report any such repair needs.
The city's Stormwater Department is responsible for maintaining clear passage on the city's canals. You can contact them at 868-3292 or email the Public Works team to report problems with the canals.
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:
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 on the Website's Form Center.
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 at 868-3219 or 868-3293 or contact Public Works via email.
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 321-868-3293, or contact us by email.