201 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Abandoned, Inoperable, or Wrecked Vehicles (561) 338-1333
Motor vehicles abandoned on City right-of-way should be reported to the above
number. Parking in the swale area is permitted for a period not to exceed 72
hours, but prohibited if no parking signs are posted. After 72 hours, the vehicle
will be classified as abandoned. If the property owner or the vehicle owner fails to
comply with the notice for removal, the City has the right to take possession of the
vehicle and remove it from the property. Either the property owner or the vehicle
owner, or both, shall be responsible for the expenses incurred. Wrecked or
inoperable vehicles must be removed from a residence within 72 hours. A vehicle
without a license plate is classified as an inoperable vehicle. A vehicle with a
flat tire is not classified as an inoperable vehicle.
Absentee Voting (561)
Registered voters who, for a valid reason, are unable to go to the polls on election day
may request an absentee ballot. Ballots must be received by the Supervisor of
Elections before 7:00 p.m. of election day. An absentee ballot and further
information, including residency requirements, may be obtained by calling or writing the
Supervisor of Elections Office at 301 N. Olive Avenue, Room 105, West Palm Beach, FL
33401-4795, or in person at the Olive Avenue office or the South County Courthouse, 345
South Congress Avenue, Delray Beach (276-1226).
Accident Reports (561) 338-1234
Copies of accident and offense reports of incidents that have occurred within the City
limits may be obtained from the Police Services Department for a nominal charge.
Ad Valorem Taxes (561) 276-1250
The City of Boca Raton taxes property owners based upon the assessed value of their
property. The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser sets the assessed value of the
property and certifies the tax roll to the City. The City then sets the millage rate
at which the property owners are taxed. Each mill generates $1 of tax revenue for
every $1,000 of taxable property value (assessed value less exemptions). Call the
Property Appraiser's Office with questions about your assessed or taxable value. See:
Adult Education (561) 434-8712
Community education programs at several City schools offer adult education classes on a
variety of topics. For further information contact the Palm Beach County School
Board, 3312 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. GED classes are held in
cooperation with Boca Raton Community High School at the Count de Hoernle Train
Depot, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Advisory Boards & Committees (561) 393-7743
Boca Raton citizens serve on the City's twenty-one advisory boards and committees.
After School Programs (561) 434-8000
The Recreation Services Department assists with the Before/After School Program in
Boca Raton's elementary schools. Call the Palm Beach County Board of Education at
the above number, or the individual school, for additional information.
- City Council & CRA (561)
- Boards & Committee (561) 393-7743
Agendas are prepared and/or distributed by the City Clerk's office. Council and
Community Redevelopment Agency agendas are available the Friday preceding a scheduled
meeting and can be obtained in the main lobby of City Hall. Board and committee
agendas may be requested at the City Clerk's office. See: County Commission
It is unlawful, with the exception of a single-family residence, for any person to
install or maintain a fire alarm in operational order without a fire alarm permit.
Permits must be renewed annually and issuance is subject to compliance with fire alarm
There is no charge to property owners for the first two false police or fire alarms in
each fiscal year. Property owners are then responsible for the costs incurred in
responding to additional alarms.
Adoption/Redemption (561) 482-8110
On July 23, 2001 the City of Boca Raton turned over the Operation of the
Lullis M. Ritter Animal Shelter, located at 21287 Boca Rio Road, to the Tri
County Humane Society.
Tri County will continue to provide housing and care
for stray and unwanted household pets. Animals are available for adoption
and a pet cemetery is also maintained on the premises. For additional
information please call 561-482-8110.
Animal Bites (561) 233-1200
The County's Animal Care & Control Division must be notified in instances of animal
bites. The Health Unit will require unvaccinated animals to be quarantined at the
owner's expense for rabies observation.
Any dog or cat running at large, i.e. off the premises of the owner and not constrained by
leash, cord or similar device, shall be declared a public nuisance. Owners of
at-large animals will be responsible for payment of costs incurred for impounding and
subject to fines. Owners are responsible for removing defecation when walking their
On Public Beaches/Or In Parks
It is unlawful to allow animals, by intent or neglect, to go on public beaches, whether or
not constrained by a leash or similar device.
The total number of dogs and/or cats allowed at one residence are limited to a total of
four (4) unless there is an escape proof fence installed. If such fence is provided,
the total number allowed is six (6). If a dog or cat has puppies or kittens, the
total number of animals may exceed the limitations above until the pups and/or kittens are
six (6) months of age.
Spay & Neuter (561) 233-SPAY
The City encourages pet owners to do their part in controlling the pet population by
having their animals spayed or neutered. Palm Beach County sponsors a mobile clinic
to provide sterilization at a reduced cost for those in economically disadvantaged
neighborhoods. Call for additional information.
The City of Boca Raton offers a wide range of team and individual activities to both
young and old throughout the year. Athletic facilities include: lighted
ball fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer; lighted basketball, volleyball and
racquetball courts. Additional information, including locations, can be found in The
Recreator, a publication of the City of Boca Raton that is available at City Hall and
at other City recreational sites. See: Beach, Bicycle/Pedestrian Paths,
Golf Courses, Swimming Pool, Tennis
Plates/Registration, Driver's Licenses.
Conditions (561) 393-7989
Marine Safety personnel provide up-to-date information and advisories regarding swimming, surfing and watercraft conditions, as well as sea pest "alerts,"
via a recorded message.
Parking Permits (561) 393-7806
Annual parking stickers, which allow the bearer to park at the City's beachfront parks (Spanish River Park, South Beach Park and Red Reef Park), are available to residents at a charge of $45.00 per vehicle (tax included), per year. (October 1 through September 30). Proof of residency and car registration is required. Permits may be purchased at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 N.W. Crawford Boulevard, or the J.A. Rutherford Community Center in Patch Reef Park. Stickers must be permanently affixed to the front inside windshield and are not transferable. Greater Boca Raton Tax District and Palm Beach County residents should call 393-7806 for information concerning
purchase of stickers.
Patrol (561) 393-7820
Boca Raton can boast of one and one-half miles of lifeguard protected beach. The
four guarded sections of beach are South Beach Pavilion, South Beach Park, Red Reef Park
and Spanish River Park.
Before School Program 1-800-434-8000
The Recreation Services Department assists with the Before/After School Program in Boca
Raton's elementary schools. Call the Palm Beach County Board of Education at the
above number, or the individual school, for additional information.
Better Business Bureau 561-842-1918
Call the Better Business Bureau to obtain consumer information, or to file a complaint
about or obtain a file on a company. The BBB is not a government agency. See:
Complaints - Consumer
Bicycle Paths/Pedestrian Paths (561) 416-3410
Citizens and City staff, with the cooperation of the State of Florida, are striving to
make Boca Raton a "Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly City" by establishing a
coordinated system of bicycle and pedestrian paths. Questions can be directed to the
Birth Certificates (561) 514-5320
Copies of birth certificates and birth verification cards can be obtained from the Palm
Beach County Health Unit in the Office of Vital Statistics.
Board of Education (561) 930-8402
The School Board (Board of Education) of Palm Beach County is charged with overseeing the
operation of all public elementary, middle and secondary schools in the County.
Board members are elected by Palm Beach County voters. The School Board's
administrative offices are located at 3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 33406.
Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except for designated
Boat Registration (561) 930-7922
Florida law requires that all motorized vehicles, including boats, be titled and
registered. Call the County Tax Collector's Office for information.
Books-by-Mail (561) 265-0299
The Palm Beach County Library System offers free mail service to readers who are
homebound, disabled, or lack transportation. City residents must purchase a County
library card to take advantage of this service. For more information, call Monday
through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Budget Information (561) 393-7734
The fiscal year for the City begins on October 1 of each year and ends on September 30
of the following year as mandated by Florida Statutes. Budget hearings are held in
September prior to adoption, and the public is encouraged to give their comments.
The budget can be reviewed in its entirety in the City Clerk's Office or at the City
Library. Budget questions should be directed to the Budget office.
Building Inspection (561) 393-7933 or (561) 393-7920
The Building Inspection Division's Information System allows callers to use a touch-tone
telephone to schedule inspections. Call for additional information.
Building Permits (561) 393-7930
The Building Inspection Division of Development Services is responsible for issuing
building permits. Before having work performed on your property, call to inquire if
a permit is needed. All permitted work is inspected by City personnel to assure
compliance with adopted building standards.
Business Tax Receipts
City of Boca Raton Business Tax Authority (561) 393-7937
Palm Beach County Tax Collector (561) 355-2272
The City requires a business tax receipt for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation within its jurisdiction, pursuant to the classifications and rates as provided in the City Code. All businesses and professional offices in Boca Raton must also obtain an business tax receipt from Palm Beach County.
See: Disabled Transportation, Palm Tran, Spec Tran
Cable Television Service
- Comcast Cable
Complaints about service should be directed to the provider at the above
Cemetery/Mausoleum (561) 393-7748
The Recreation Services Department is responsible for the maintenance of the cemetery and
facilities, which include the administration building, main chapel and 23 mausoleum
buildings. Boca Raton Mausoleum, Inc. sells plots and monuments on behalf of the
Certificate of Use Inspection (561) 393-7937
Certificate of Use inspections, which are required when a new business opens, are
conducted by the Development Services and Fire-Rescue Services Departments. A
brochure that includes general requirements is available at the One-Stop Center on the
first floor of City Hall.
Chamber of Commerce (561) 395-4433
The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is located at 1800 N. Dixie Highway.
Internet users can visit the Chamber of Commerce's Home Page.
Channel 20 (561) 393-7991 or (561) 393-7701
Comcast Cable Channel 20 is the City of Boca Raton's government access channel. A
community bulletin board, live and replayed City Council and Community Redevelopment
Agency meetings, Palm Beach County Commission and School Board meetings, and other
informative programming are shown on this channel.
CHOICES Program (561) 338-1286
CHOICES is a special program at Boca Raton Community Middle School administered by the
Boca Raton Police Services Department. The program is directed at selected students
with delinquency problems and those determined to be at "high risk." Call
for more information.
Citizens' Crime Watch (561) 338-1229
Citizens' Crime Watch, Inc. is a crime prevention organization which works in partnership
with the Police Services Department. Crime Watch is built on the concept of
"neighbors watching out for neighbors." If you would like to become a
member or desire to learn more about the organization, call the Crime Watch Coordinator at
the Police Services Department.
Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy is an 11 week course held three times during the year, that
gives residents and business owners a fundamental look at law enforcement. Topics
covered include crime prevention, handgun safety, investigations, patrol
procedures and the operation of the K-9 and marine units. Classes are held on
Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Contact Police Services for upcoming
enrollment dates and application procedures.
City Council (561) 393-7708
The Boca Raton City Council consists of the Mayor and four Council Members who are elected
on a non-partisan basis. See Agenda - City Council; Elections - City, Minutes
Clerk of the Circuit Court (561) 930-9727
The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the County Recorder, Clerk to the Board of
County Commissioners, County Treasurer, County Auditor and Clerk of the County and Circuit
Code Enforcement (561) 393-7934
Inquiries or complaints regarding code enforcement issues should be directed to the Code
Enforcement Division of Development Services. See: Complaints - Code Enforcement
Codes and Regulations
Community Policing (561) 338-1286
Community Policing is a philosophy that emphasizes working proactively with citizens
to solve crime related problems and prevent crime. The Boca Raton Police strive to
be a part of the community, not apart from it. There are currently three Community
Policing Projects in place: The New Pines Neighborhood Program, the Pearl City
Program and the Boca Island East Program. Call for further information.
If you are unsure where to call when you wish to register a complaint call (561) 393-7700 and the operator will forward your call to the appropriate department.
Cable TV Complaints
Complaints about cable reception, programming or fees should be directed to the cable
provider. See Cable Television Service for telephone numbers of area providers.
Code Enforcement (561) 393-7934
The inspectors respond to complaints of possible Code violations or initiate action on
Code violations they observe. Complaints are generally responded to within 24 hours,
with dangerous situations given top priority. Time for meeting compliance depends on
the complexity of the violation.
Consumer (561) 712-6600
The Consumer Affairs Division of Palm Beach County handles consumer and
business complaints concerning deceptive and unfair trade practices of businesses located
in the County. Complaints become public record. See: Better Business
Registration of contractor certification is done by the Licensing Division of Development
Services at the One-Stop Center. Applicants must furnish proof of the following at
- Certificate of Competency from the State of Florida or Palm Beach County (call (561) 233-5525 for information).
- State Registration as defined in Florida Statute 489-117 (call (904) 359-6310 for
- Business Tax Receipts from the City where the business is permanently located, and the
County - (561) 355-2272.
- Original Copy of a certificate of insurance with minimum coverage as outlined in City
- District #4 Commissioner (561) 930-2204
- District #5 Commissioner (561) 930-2205
The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners is the legislative governing body for the
County. The seven members are elected by district for four-year terms.
Meetings of the County Commission are held on the sixth floor of the Government Center,
301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. Regular meetings are usually held on the first and
third Tuesday, and a workshop is held the fourth Tuesday of each month. The public
is permitted to speak on relevant issues at the first meeting of the month. The
meeting schedule should be verified in advance. Meetings of the County Commission
can be viewed on the City's government access channel (Comcast Channel 20), when the
time is not in conflict with a City Council meeting.
Commission Meeting Agendas (561) 355-3229
Copies of the Agenda for County Commission meetings are available prior to each meeting at
the Governmental Center information desk and are available for viewing at all County
Library locations. Agendas will be mailed to those who provide self-addressed
County Governmental Center (561) 355-3623
- Central - West Palm Beach (561) 355-2040
- S. County - Delray Beach
The Central Courthouse, located at 205 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach 33401,
contains the offices of most of the County's Circuit and County Court Judges. A
satellite courthouse is located at 200 W. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach for the
convenience of South County residents.
Most County administrative offices, including the County Commissioners' offices,
County Administration and the Commission Chamber are located at 301 N. Olive Avenue, West
Palm Beach, 33401.
- Circuit Court (561) 355-2431
- County Court (561) 355-2431
Circuit Court Judges hear cases involving felonies, civil matters over $10,000, probate
and juvenile matters and various appeals. Misdemeanor cases, traffic cases and civil
matters under $10,000in value are heard by County Court Judges.
CPR Classes - 561-955-4468
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), AED and First Aid courses are offered through the Smart Heart Program, a community health partnership between Boca Raton Fire Rescue and Boca Raton Community Hospital. Courses are held at Fire Rescue Headquarters, 6500 Congress Ave., Boca Raton, FL 33487 and at Boca Raton Community Hospital, 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Please call the CPR Line at 561-955-4468 to enroll or obtain course information including scheduling and fees.
Crisis Information (561) 547-1000
Crisis Information is provided by the Center for Information and Crisis Services (formerly
Death Certificates (561) 837-5847
Copies of death certificates are issued by the Palm Beach County Health Unit's Office of Vital Statistics.
Declaration of Domicile (561) 930-2962
Persons wishing to be registered in County records as a permanent Florida resident should file a Declaration of Domicile in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Recording Department.
Property deeds are filed and maintained by the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
- Recording (561) 930-2991
- Indexing (561) 930-2932
See: Books-by-Mail, Disabled Transportation, Palm Tran, Parking (Handicapped Permits), Talking Books
- Palm Tran (561) 930-4BUS
- Spec Tran (561) 930-TRIP
Reduced fares are offered on Palm Tran buses, and Spec Tran van service is available as a door-to-door service for those with special needs who are unable to use the standard Palm Tran system and qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act. All County buses will eventually be equipped with special ramps for easy access by disabled persons. Wheelchair seating is also available. Users with special needs should call for schedules of buses that are specially equipped. Bus ID cards are issued at various locations throughout the County.
- Tri-Rail 1-800-TRI-RAIL
Tri-Rail offers paratransit service for the disabled with 24-hour advance notice for Tuesday through Friday, 48-hour notice for Saturday and 72-hour notice for Sunday and Monday. Shuttle service in Palm Beach County is provided by Palm Tran.
Driver's Licenses (561) 681-6333
State of Florida driver's licenses may be obtained at the Florida Driver's Examining Station, 14570 S. Military Trail, Suite C3 in the Delray Square II Shopping Center. Offices are open Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In order to obtain a Florida drivers license you must be at least 15 years of age (restricted permit). There are also additional restrictions placed on all drivers under 18 years of age. Parental consent and proof of age is required. A Florida driver's license is required within 30 days of moving into the state. Notice of address change is required within 10 days of moving. Call for information and appointments.
Driving School (561) 689-4733
Most persons who are cited for traffic violations are given the option of attending driving school to avoid points on their driving record. Call for information and registration.
- City (561) 393-7706
- County, State, and Federal
An up-to-date listing of your national, state and county representatives is available in The Voters Digest, a publication of the League of Women Voters. This pamphlet may be requested at City Hall or by calling the League at (561) 276-4898. The front section of your telephone directory also contains a listing of state and federal elected officials. Information as to which congressional or legislative district you reside in is recorded on your voter registration card.
- City (561) 393-7742
The City Clerk's Office coordinates every City election through the office of the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.
- County/State/Federal (561) 276-1226
The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections runs all governmental elections that are held in the County.
Electrical Service (FPL) (561) 994-8227
Electrical service in Boca Raton is furnished by Florida Power and Light Company (FPL). Call customer service for connects, disconnects, billing and emergency service.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Transport 9-1-1
The Fire-Rescue Services Department has provided quality emergency medical services to the City for over 35 years. In January 1995 Fire-Rescue Services were enhanced when the department took over emergency transport of patients to the hospital from a private provider. Your insurance company will be billed for patient transport provided by Fire-Rescue Services Department personnel.
Emergency Preparedness Information (561) 367-6718
(See: Hurricane Preparedness)
Environmental (561) 393-7960
The City has two environmental officers on staff to assure compliance with City environmental regulations. They review all environmental permits. Call before you cut down a tree or clear a lot, because a permit may be required. Environmentalists also oversee the parcels that have been designated as environmentally sensitive land.
Eviction Notice (561) 355-2500
The procedure for evicting a tenant is outlined in the Florida Statutes, Chapter 83. An eviction notice must be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court's County Court Civil Division and a filing fee paid.
- Community Center (561) 393-7995
- James A. Rutherford Community Center (561) 367-7035
- Count de Hoernle Train Depot (561) 393-7995
The City has rooms available to rent for meetings or events at the above locations. It is necessary to call in advance to reserve rooms. See Picnic Shelters for information about reserving shelters.
Fingerprinting (561) 338-1305
Fingerprinting services are provided at the Police Services Department from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, and additionally from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Fingerprinting services will also be provided at Town Center Mall Mon-Fri 9:00-2:30; Credit Cards only (Nordstroms parking garage 2nd level)
Fire and Life Safety Education Programs (561) 982-4012
Fire-Rescue Services provides many different education and training classes for City residents concerned about fire and life safety in their homes, workplaces and schools. These include fire safety and prevention, evacuation drills, fire extinguisher training and injury prevention. Call Fire-Rescue administration for additional information.
Fire Incident and Medical Reports (561) 982-4039
Fire Incident Reports may be requested from Fire-Rescue Administration at 6500 Congress Avenue, Suite 200, weekdays between 7:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. More info >>
Fire Safety Inspections (561) 982-4030
The Fire and Life Safety Division of Fire-Rescue Services conducts fire safety inspections of businesses prior to issuance of the "certificate of use." Home fire safety inspections of private residences are available for citizens who request them. Also see Security Inspections.
Fishing Licenses (561) 355-2329
Contact the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's office to determine if the type of fishing you are planning to engage in requires a license. Licenses are needed in most instances, but there are exceptions. Licenses are sold at the Tax Collector's office and at most tackle shops, which may add a surcharge.
Flood Zone Rating (561) 393-7792
Mortgage lenders and insurance providers may require your flood zone rating. To find out what flood zone you are in, call this number. More information is available at the One-Stop Center in City Hall.
The City collects four types of franchise fees: electric, telephone, natural gas and cable television. This fee appears as a line item on your utility bills. The City also collects Franchise Fees for Commercial Solid Waste and Construction and Demolition debris removal.
A permit is not required to hold a garage or yard sale. However, it is illegal to place signs in medians and right-of-ways or to tack signs on utility poles or trees to advertise the sale. One sign is permitted on the property where the sale is occurring.
Garbage Collection (561) 416-3367
Collection of residential solid waste is performed by City personnel. Pick-up schedules, routes and other detailed information on waste disposal can be found on the Sanitation website
. Schedules may also be obtained in the main lobby of City Hall or by calling the Sanitation Division. The pickup schedule is altered for holidays. Please consult the website or call to confirm pickup times. (See also: Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycling
Golf Courses (561) 483-5235
The City of Boca Raton operates three golf courses: the Red Reef Executive Golf Course located at 1111 N. State Road A1A, and the 27-hole Municipal Golf Course (a regulation course and an executive course are on this site) located outside of the City limits at 8111 Golf Course Road. Annual permits are issued on a limited basis for play at both facilities. Consult The Recreator for information on time of operation, tournaments and clinics or call the above number.
Government Access Channel
See: Channel 20
Graffiti Eradication (Hotline) (561) 393-7887
The City's zero tolerance graffiti policy keeps graffiti defacement to a minimum. The City has a commitment to cover all graffiti within 24 hours. Call the hotline to report graffiti. If you witness graffiti activity in progress call the Police Services Department at 338-1333.
G.R.E.A.T. (561) 338-1286
Gang Resistance Education And Training is provided by Police Services Department personnel to students in both the sixth and seventh grades. Call for additional information.
Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex (561) 544-8605
Gumbo Limbo is an environmental educational facility located at 1801 N. Ocean Boulevard in Red Reef Park. The Complex was developed and is maintained through the joint efforts of the Greater Boca Raton Beach Tax District, the Palm Beach County School Board, Florida Atlantic University and the City of Boca Raton. The Complex is open to the public and admission is free. See The Recreator, a publication of the City, for additional information or call the Complex.
Hazardous waste is not collected by the City's sanitation staff. Acids, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, oil filters, pesticides and pool chemicals are only a few of the items considered to be hazardous waste. In order to obtain a complete listing of hazardous wastes, call the customer service number to connect to the hazardous waste hotline. Hazardous waste should not be poured down the drain or on the lawn or placed in household garbage. (Oil filters may be placed in the trash after they have been drained for 24 hours or longer.)
The closest transfer station for disposal of these items is located in Delray Beach at 1901 S.W. Fourth Avenue. Call to confirm what materials are acceptable and to be assigned a time for drop-off.
Health Department (561) 274-3100 (Delray Beach)
The Palm Beach County Health Unit administers a range of programs focusing on public health and preserving the quality of life for County residents and visitors.
Hedges (561) 393-7934
Objections to hedges that separate single-family residences and are over six-feet high must be made in writing to Code Enforcement. Complainants should include their name, address and telephone number, the address of the owner of the hedge and a statement of their objection to the hedge. Code Enforcement will notify the property owner that they must maintain the hedge at a height not to exceed six feet. Width of hedges between properties are not regulated and must be resolved by the property owners. It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep hedges trimmed back from sidewalks and streets.
Home Improvements (561) 393-7931
Improvements and repairs to a single-family residence whose cost totals less than $1,000 do not require a building permit, except for direct electrical wiring, water supply plumbing and hot-water heater work, which always require permits, regardless of cost. New fences or walls require a permit; repairs costing less than $1,000 do not. Call before starting any work on your home.
Home Occupations (561) 393-7937
It is a violation of City Code for any person to conduct a home occupation without obtaining a Business Tax Receipt / Certificate of Use. Home occupations must comply with specific operational standards as set forth in the City Code.
The City does not compile a list of homeowners' associations.
Homestead Exemption (561) 276-1250
Anyone who has legal title to real property in the State of Florida and that property is their permanent place of residence, is eligible for the $25,000 homestead exemption. Current law requires permanent residence prior to January 1 of the qualifying year. Applications must be made in person in the County Property Appraiser's Office between January 1 and March 1 of the year after qualification. (Applications are accepted at City Hall by County representatives during a one-week period in January each year. Call in December for times.) Call the County Property Appraiser for information on documents that are required at time of filing. Your application will be renewed automatically each January 1 unless you change your permanent place of residence.
Homework Hotline 1-800-548-0245
The Palm Beach County School District's Homework Hotline offers help to students of all grades from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday during the school year.
Housing Programs (561) 393-7797
The Community Improvement Division of the Development Services Department administers and manages state and federal funded housing and neighborhood improvement programs, providing assistance to low and moderate income families.
Hunting Licenses (561) 930-7922
Hunting licenses are issued by the Palm Beach County Tax Collector whose office is located at 301 N. Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach.
Hurricane Preparedness (561) 982-4900
> Pre-recorded Information (561) 393-7800
The Fire-Rescue Services Department publishes a Hurricane Planning Guide to aid citizens in being as prepared as possible in the event of a hurricane. The Guide is included in the Summer issue of the City Newsletter and is available at City Hall, the Community Center, the Library and the James A. Rutherford Community Center. Personnel are also available during the year to speak to homeowner associations and civic groups about hurricane preparation. Call (561) 367-6718 to arrange for a speaker. If a hurricane threatens, the City will run continuous information on the City's government access channel (Cable Channel 20). Additional information can also be obtained through the Palm Beach County Public Safety Department Emergency Management Division at (561) 233-3500.
*At the time of an imminent hurricane or other emergency, the City may activate the (561) 393-7800 line with staff to respond to citizen inquiries.
|Information (561) 393-7700
Call the City Hall switchboard for general information or to have your call routed to the appropriate department.
See: Building Inspections, Safety and Security Inspections
I.R.I.S. (561) 338-7333
The installation of the In-City Reclamation Irrigation System is a project with the goal of irrigating properties with reclaimed water. At its completion, it is estimated that this project will result in a savings of nine million gallons of fresh water per day. Call for additional information.
|Jobline (561) 393-7981
The City of Boca Raton jobline is updated weekly and provides information about current jobs available with the City. Applications are kept on file for six months but are accepted only at the time of a specific job opening.
Lawn Sprinklers - (561) 338-7310
Lawn sprinklers must be positioned so water does not go on sidewalks and streets. See: Water Conservation/Restrictions
League of Women Voters - (561) 276-4898
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization established to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. Membership is open to all citizens who are at least 18 years of age. The League publishes The Voters Digest which contains general voting information and a directory of elected representatives. The Digest is available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall or from the League.
License Plates/Registration (561) 355-2622
- The Boca Raton Public Library - (561) 393-7852
- Downtown Library: 200 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd.
Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
- Spanish River Library & Community Center: 1501 N.W. Spanish River Blvd.
Hours of Operation are:
Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
- FAU Library, 500 N.W. 20th Street - (561) 367-3760
- Lynn University Library, 3601 N. Military Trail - (561) 994-0770
The public is welcome to use materials on the premises. Lending is restricted to students and faculty. Call for hours of operation.
- Palm Beach County Library: West Boca Branch, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton : (561) 482-4554
Under State law, if you own a motor vehicle, you must renew your tag (vehicle registration) each year by midnight on your birthday. The Tax Collector's Office is responsible for processing applications for titles and issuing registrations for motor vehicles and boats. Locations: South Palm Beach County Courthouse Annex, 501 S. Congress Avenue, Delray Beach - from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Effective 01/01/09 Tax Collector Mobile Office ceased operations.
See: Business Tax Receipts
See: Beach - Patrol
|Mae Volen Senior Center (561) 395-8920
1515 W. Palmetto Park Road
The Mae Volen Senior Center is a non-profit organization that provides various services for senior citizens. Weekday activities range from health screenings and lectures to recreational activities. Hot lunches are furnished. In addition numerous homebound services are offered such as transportation to medical appointments and the supermarket. The center also operates a day-care program for Alzheimer's patients and less active seniors.
Maps (561) 393-7792
Zoning maps of the City are available in the Development Services Department on the second floor of City Hall.
Marine Safety Beach Patrol (561) 393-7820
See: Beach - Conditions, Beach - Patrol
Marriage Licenses (561) 930-2230
Marriage Records (561) 930-2932
Marriage licenses are issued by the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Marriage Records are kept by the County Clerk's Indexing Department.
Minutes (561) 393-7740
Minutes of all City Council and Community Redevelopment Agency meetings, as well as all advisory board or committee meetings, are recorded and kept by the City Clerk's office. Verbatim transcripts are not furnished. Audio and video tapes are available for purchase or video tapes can be checked out at the City Library.
Mosquito Control (561) 967-6480
Mosquito Control Division of Environmental Resources Management, a Palm Beach County agency, is responsible for controlling the mosquito population in Palm Beach County using larvicides and adulticides sprayed from aircraft and trucks.
Motor Vehicle Registration (561) 930-7922
See: License Plates/Registration
- Dog Barking Complaints (561) 393-7934
The Code Enforcement Division has established a procedure to handle complaints about dogs barking unnecessarily.
General Noise Problems (561) 368-6201
Loud music, parties and other "disturbances of the peace" should be reported to the Police Services non-emergency number. Excessively loud noise, such as those emitted from motors, may require a decibel level meter reading to determine if the noise level exceeds that allowed by City Code.
|Occupational Licenses (now known as "Business Tax Receipts")
City of Boca Raton Business Tax Authority (561) 393-7937
Palm Beach County Tax Collector (561) 355-2272
The City requires a Business Tax Receipt for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation within its jurisdiction, pursuant to the classifications and rates as provided in the City Code. All businesses and professional offices in Boca Raton must also obtain a Business Tax Receipt from Palm Beach County.
The One-Stop Center, located on the first floor of City Hall, offers the following services: business tax receipt / certificate of use, building permits and inspections, land and building information, zoning information, flood zone rating information and code enforcement. See categories for additional information
Ordinances and Resolutions (561) 393-7740
Call the City Clerk's office to request copies of ordinances and resolutions approved by the City Council or Community Redevelopment Agency. Codes and regulations.
PAL - (561) 750-5477, free athletic program for youth between the age of 10-18.
Palm Tran (561) 930-4BUS
Administrative Offices (561) 233-1166
Palm Tran, the County's public bus transportation service, provides service seven days per week. Palm Tran provides feeder bus service in Palm Beach County for Tri-Rail Monthly passes are available. Call for schedules and additional information. See: Disabled Transportation, Spec Tran.
Park Rangers (561) 393-7810
The Park Rangers play a vital role in community safety and can be seen regularly patrolling the beachfront parks. The Rangers are trained in first aid, CPR, crime prevention and other safety related areas. Ranger Headquarters are located at 3939 N. Ocean Boulevard in Spanish River Park.
Boats & Recreational Vehicles
Boats, boat trailers and recreational vehicles may be kept at residences provided they are kept in a side or rear yard and screened from off-premises view by means of a hedge or fence. Boats and recreational vehicles are permitted to be parked at a residence for a 24-hour period once every seven (7) days for the purposes of cleaning, packing and maintenance.
Commercial vehicles are only permitted at residences if they are kept in a garage or a carport that is screened on three sides. No part of the vehicle that indicates that it is used for commercial purposes is allowed to be seen from the street. Small pickup trucks (under 1 ton), without commercial lettering and without any conversion to indicate a commercial use, and passenger vans are not classified as commercial vehicles. Trucks over one ton are classified as commercial vehicles.
Handicapped Permits (561) 355-2622
Handicapped parking permits are issued by the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's Office. Anyone with a certified letter of disability from their physician can apply.
Parking a vehicle in the swale area is permitted provided the vehicle is not left there for more than 72 hours and if there are no "no parking" signs posted. After 72 hours the vehicle will be classified as "abandoned." Homeowners Associations are free to adopt more stringent regulations and can prohibit all parking on swales.
Tickets (561) 338-1237
issued in the City of Boca Raton, by the City of Boca Raton, can be paid at the cashier's desk located on the first floor of City Hall between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:45 P.M. For other inquiries about parking tickets, call the number above between 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. See: Traffic Fines for information about moving violations.
Violations (561) 338-1234
Blocking sidewalks with parked vehicles and parking vehicles on paved streets, unless signs are specifically posted allowing such parking, are traffic violations. If space permits, vehicles engaged in lawn maintenance are permitted to park on paved streets while work is being performed.
For a complete listing of City Parks
along with location and amenities offered at each, see The Recreator
, a publication of the City that is available at City Hall and other City sites.
Passports (561) 930-1586 or (561) 274-1588
Passports can be applied for at the New South County Courthouse at 200 W. Atlantic Avenue. Call for information.
See: Building Permits, Political Signs, Sign Criteria, Special Event Permits
- Spanish River Park (561) 393-7815
- James A. Rutherford Park (561) 393-7815
- Patch Reef Park (561) 997-0791
The Picnic Shelters that are located in the City's parks are available on a first come, first serve basis. Call to make a reservation. Fees vary based on location, size and resident status.
Non-Emergency (561) 368-6201
See: CHOICES Program, Citizens' Crime Watch, Citizens' Police Academy, Community Policing, D.A.R.E., Fingerprinting, G.R.E.A.T., Parking Tickets, Records-Police, Security Inspections
A temporary sign permit must be obtained at the One-Stop Center before the placing of political signs. A sign posted on City-owned property will be removed by City staff after the candidate is notified and given sufficient opportunity to remove the sign. Political signs are not permitted to be posted on State or County road right-of ways, including utility poles.
- 1275 W. Palmetto Park Road (561) 368-3920
- 170 N.E. Second Street (561) 395-4733
- 2800 N. Military Trail (Main) (561) 994-2700
- 604 Banyan Trail (Bulk Mail) (561) 997-1619
- Zip Code Information (561) 994-2700
Property Appraiser (561) 276-1250
The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser determines the value of all real estate and other property for the purpose of taxation. The tax roll developed by the Property Appraiser's Office is used by all municipalities and taxing districts in the County. See: Homestead Exemption, Tax Collector
See: Ad Valorem Taxes, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector
See: Disabled Transportation, Palm Tran, Spec Tran, Tri-Rail
Recreation & Parks
General Information (561) 393-7806
Location of recreation sites and classes offered by or at City facilities is contained in The Recreator
, a publication of the Recreation Services Department. The Recreator
is distributed three times annually via The News and is also available in the lobby of City Hall and at other City sites. See: Athletics, Beach, Bicycle/Pedestrian Paths, Golf Courses, Tennis, Swimming Pool
Special Events (561) 393-7827
Call Recreation Services for information about the special events sponsored by the City of Boca Raton. Concerts, dances and holiday celebrations are some of the fun events that may be enjoyed free of charge.
The City Clerk's Department is responsible for all of the permanent records of the City. Copies of building plans may be purchased from the Clerk's Department at the cost of reproduction.
The Police Services Records Section is open 7:00 - 7:00 Mon-Fri. Requests for reports can be made between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requests can either be made in person, by mail or by phone or fax. This service is provided at a nominal charge.
- City (561) 393-7773
- County 561) 276-1250
Building permit records and other data on real property located in the City is available from the One-Stop Center. Updated property ownership information is available from the County Property Appraiser.
Recycling (561) 416-3367
Starting October 1st, 2013, the City of Boca Raton's Sanitation Department will be delivering recycling bins directly to your home. You must live within the city limits of Boca Raton in order to receive delivery service from the City. Please call 416-3367 in order to schedule delivery of your yellow and blue recycling bins. Single-family residences receive 18-gallon bins for curbside collection and multi-family units receive 95-gallon bins for central collection. Newspapers, brown paper grocery bags, corrugated cardboard, magazines, catalogs and telephone books are collected from the yellow bins, and the blue bins are for the collection of aluminum cans, plastics numbered 1 through 7 (no plastic bags), milk and juice cartons, and clear, brown and green bottles and jars. Please call if you are not receiving this service.
Safety and Security Inspections
Safety and security inspections of private residences or businesses are conducted by personnel from Police Services and Fire-Rescue Services.
See: Fire Safety Inspections Sanitation
See: Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycling, Solid Waste Collection
See: Board of Education
Security Inspections (561) 338-1376
Upon request, Police Services personnel can provide tips on improved securing of your home and making it a less attractive target to criminals. Call to arrange an inspection.
Senior Services (561) 395-8920
Senior Services is an information and referral service for seniors age 60 or over. See: Mae Volen Senior Center
Sidewalk Repair (561) 416-3360
Sidewalks needing repair should be reported to the Streets Division of the Municipal Services Department.
Sign Criteria (561) 393-7792 or (561) 393-7793
All signs are regulated by "The Boca Raton Sign Ordinance" (Chapter 24 of the City Code). No sign or sign structure shall be erected, altered, displayed, changed, except exempt signs, until after a permit has been issued by the chief code administrator and a fee paid to the City. A guideline to acceptable sign design is included in the Supplemental Criteria and Procedural Rules of the Community Appearance Board
which is available in the City Clerk's office. All signs, except for those in the downtown, are reviewed by the Community Appearance Board.
The Community Redevelopment Agency grants approval for signs in the downtown. Single-family residential identification signs and real estate signs do not require a permit. Call for more information.
Sign permits can be applied for at the One-Stop Center on the first floor of City Hall. See: Sign Criteria, Political Signs
Smart Heart Program (561) 367-6717 or (561) 393-4021
"Smart Heart" is a community health care partnership created between the City and Boca Raton Community Hospital. The program offers free blood cholesterol testing, blood pressure screenings and Project Kid Keeper, a safety workshop to reduce the incidences of pediatric trauma. Call for times and locations.
Social Security 1-800-772-1213
The Social Security Administration office is located at One Park Place, Suite 400, 621 NW 53 Street, Boca Raton FL 33487. Hours are : Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday: 9am – 3pm , Wed: 9am – noon
Soliciting or Peddling (561) 393-7937
It is unlawful for any person to engage in the business of solicitor or peddler within the corporate limits of the City without first obtaining an approved application. It is also unlawful for any person for the purpose of soliciting, canvassing or peddling, to go on the private residence of any person in the City that displays a sign near the place of entrance reading "No Soliciting" or words of similar meaning.
Solid Waste Collection (561) 416-3367
Collection of residential solid waste is performed by City personnel. Pick-up schedules, routes and other detailed information on waste disposal can be found on the Sanitation website
. Schedules may also be obtained in the main lobby of City Hall or by calling the Sanitation Division. The pickup schedule is altered for holidays. Please consult the website
or call to confirm pickup times. See: Hazardous Waste, Recycling
South Florida Water
Management District (561) 686-8800
The largest of Florida's five water management districts, SFWMD manages water resources in a 16 county area that includes Palm Beach County. Water quality and supply, flood protection and environmental programs fall under the District's jurisdiction.
Special Event Permits (561) 393-7934 or (561) 367-7005
Special Event Permits are required for activities such as races, walk-a-thons, charitable sales or solicitations, art shows and festivals, erection of tents, block parties, road closings and any other situations which are outside the normal scope of permitted activities for a location, or which may have some impact on the community-at-large. Permits are also required for private activities at City facilities, such as races, concerts, weddings, private parties, and other similar gatherings not sponsored by the City. Call the Recreation Services Department at (561) 367-7005
for events held in Parks or other City facilities. For all other special events or general information, call the Code Enforcement Division at (561) 393-7934
Special Events (561) 393-7806
The City of Boca Raton's Recreation Services Department sponsors a variety of special events during the year including a wide range of musical concerts, the Fourth of July celebration and the annual tree lighting. A schedule of upcoming events is included in the City's quarterly newsletter or call for information.
Spec Tran (561) 930-TRIP
Spec Tran is a special door-to-door van transportation service for disabled persons under age 60 and eligible senior citizens who cannot be served by the County Senior Services Division. Users must meet the qualifications as established by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Spec Tran requires advance registration and arrangements. Applicants must have a doctor's note stating that it is impossible for them to use the standard Palm Tran system. Call for information.
Street Lights (561) 994-8227
Residential street light outages should be reported to Florida Power and Light (FPL) Customer Service. After reporting the outage, the caller should request a job ticket number for follow-up purposes.
Street Repairs (561) 416-3360
Streets in need of repair may be reported to the Streets Division of the Municipal Services Department.
Street Signs & Striping (561) 416-3372
The Signs & Marking Section of the Traffic Division of the Municipal Services Department is responsible for the street name signs, traffic control signs and pavement markings on City and County roadways throughout the City. Requests for new signs, reporting damaged or missing signage should be made to this phone number.
Summer Camp Registration (561) 393-7806
During the summer months, the Recreation Services Department offers regular and specialty camps. Camps begin in mid-June. Registration, which begins in April, is on a first come, first serve basis with City and Beach Tax District residents given first priority. Call early for registration times and fees. Registration forms are available in the Recreation Services Department beginning in March.
The State of Florida legislation which requires that all meetings of legislative bodies be open to the public and that all documents shall be made available for inspection by the public is known as the Sunshine Law. There are exemptions in the law for meetings to discuss employee negotiations and property acquisition. The State publishes a pamphlet that explains this law. Copies can be obtained in the City Clerk's Office.
Swales are the areas between the pavement and the delineated right-of-way line. Property owners are required to maintain the swale area in front of their property by keeping the area mowed and free of obstructions. See: Parking - Swales
Swimming Pool (561) 393-7851
Meadows Park Municipal Pool is located at 1300 N.W. 8th Street. This beautiful outdoor facility, which measures 25 yards by 25 meters, is operated year round, seven days per week. The pool is heated during the winter months. Staff offers a wide variety of instructional and recreational programs for residents of all ages. Proof of City residency is required at the time of class registration. Annual and semi-annual permits may be purchased for recreational swimming. Additional information can be found in The Recreator. Call for times of operation.
- City of Boca Raton Library (561) 393-7852
Palm Beach County (561) 265-0299
Talking Book Library
7950 Central Industrial Drive Suite 104
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Talking book service is also available at the County Talking Book Library, free of charge for those with visual or physical disabilities. If residents cannot visit the library, materials can be mailed and then returned to the library at no charge through a special federal program. A smaller collection of talking books is available at the City Library.
Tangible Personal Property Tax (561) 930-7924
Tangible personal property taxes are levied on equipment, rental property, immovable furnishings or equipment and mobile home attachments (concrete porches, attachments, etc.) Taxes collected by the Tax Collector are due between November 1 and April 1. Tangible Personal Property is assessed to the last known owner. Ownership is established from a tax return.
Tax Collector (561) 355-2622
The Palm Beach County Tax Collector is responsible for collecting ad valorem taxes (real estate and tangible personal property) and non-ad valorem assessments (such as drainage and solid waste). These taxes are due on November 1 of each year and are delinquent after April 1 of the following year. The Tax Collector's Office is also responsible for processing applications for titles; issuing registrations for motor vehicles and boats; issuing hunting, fishing and business tax receipts; and collecting tourist development taxes.
There are no income taxes levied by the City of Boca Raton or by the State of Florida. The state sales tax is six percent (6%). Palm Beach County has an additional ½ % discretionary sales surtax. See: Ad Valorem Taxes, Property Appraiser, Tangible Personal Property Tax, Tax Collector
Teen Center (561) 368-4099
The Mainstream Teen Center is located at 150 N.W. Crawford Boulevard (behind City Hall). The Teen Center is committed to providing an exciting alcohol and drug-free environment for Boca Raton youth, ages 12-18. The Center is equipped with the latest video game equipment, ping-pong tables, pool tables and a "Reader's Corner" where books, magazines and college information is available.
Telephone Service (561) 780-2355
Local telephone service in Boca Raton is provided by
Bell South. Call the above number to start, stop or change service.
- Memorial Park (561) 393-7978
- Patch Reef (561) 997-0881
The Recreation Services Department operates seven public tennis facilities in various locations throughout the City. The Memorial Park Tennis Complex and the Patch Reef Tennis Center offer tennis clinics and private lessons. Tournaments are also held at these sites.
Group tours of the following City facilities are available on a pre-arranged basis.
- City Hall (561) 393-7742
- Fire-Rescue Services (561) 982-4012
- Adult Tours (561) 393-7905
- Youth Tours (561) 393-7968
- Police Services (561) 338-1269
- Utility Services (561) 338-7305
Traffic Calming (561) 416-3374
This program, offered through the Municipal Services Department, provides the community an opportunity to petition for physical changes to their street that would alter driver behavior and improve conditions for all roadway users.
Traffic Fines (561) 274-1568
Payment of fines for moving violations are accepted at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's County Criminal Division. See: Parking - Tickets for information about parking violations.
Traffic Questions (561) 416-3372
Call to obtain answers to questions related to signals, signs, roadway markings and requests for new or additional street lights.
Traffic Signals (561) 416-3372
In the event of a malfunctioning traffic signal or decorative street light, please call this number.
See: Disabled Transportation, Palm Tran, Spec Tran, Tri-Rail
Disputes concerning trees that grow over property lines must be resolved between the property owners. It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove dead trees and to keep tree limbs trimmed back from streets and sidewalks (See: Tree - Pruning). Trees may be removed without a permit by the property owner at a single-family residence, except in designated historic districts. Before removing or pruning any tree, please call as a permit may be required. Permits may be obtained at the One-Stop Center on the main floor of City Hall. Tree removal at duplexes, apartment buildings, condominiums and commercial properties requires a tree-removal permit.
Proper tree pruning is important for the health of the trees and essential to increase the resiliency of trees during the heavy winds of tropical storms or hurricanes. An instructive leaflet is available in the City Hall lobby or the City Clerk's office. Large pruning projects should be done by qualified and insured professionals that use the National Arborist Association Standards.
Tri-Rail provides transportation for working commuters and commuting college and high school students, and serves as an alternative mode of transportation to various area recreational attractions. Tri-Rail makes at least one stop in each city on its route between West Palm Beach and Miami. The Boca Raton stop is currently located just west of I-95 along the CSX tracks, north of Yamato Road. Palm Tran buses meet the trains to take commuters to regularly scheduled stops in each city. Tri-Rail operates seven days a week with reduced service on the weekends and holidays. Tri-Rail does not operate on certain holidays. Tri-Rail and Palm Tran bus schedules can be obtained at the Tri-Rail station, in the City Hall lobby, or can be requested from Tri-Rail by telephone. See Disabled Transportation for information about Tri-Rail's paratransit service for the disabled. See Palm Tran for information about bus service.
The City charges fees to the users of various services. The charging of these fees ensures that the user of the service pays for the service and not the general taxpayer. For example, the user fees collected at the golf courses and tennis courts pay for the operation of those facilities.
Vacant Lots (561) 393-7934
Vacant lots must be kept mowed and free of trash and debris. It is the responsibility of the vacant lot owner to maintain the property. Grass and weeds are not permitted to exceed 12 inches in height. Complaints should be made to Code Enforcement.
Volunteer Program (561) 393-7770
Volunteering is at the heart of citizen action. Collectively, citizens can serve their communities and achieve goals that alone, cannot be accomplished. In the City of Boca Raton, populated by approximately 85,000 residents and encompassing a mere 29.63 square miles, over 800 volunteers are found greeting visitors; working the switchboard at City Hall; creating databases; setting up filing systems; tutoring those learning or improving their English skills; scheduling tee times at city golf courses; helping counselors run summer camp; visiting the elderly; assisting the Police keep the community safe, learning emergency response procedures; tutoring youth; and lending their organizational and clerical skills to many city departments.
Learn more about your city, serve
your community, learn new skills,
and make new friends! Please
call Catherine Vanden Broeck,
Volunteer Coordinator at (561)
Any United States citizen who
is a permanent resident of Palm
Beach County, who will be 18 years
of age by election day, and who
has never been convicted of a
felony or never been declared
mentally incompetent (unless their
civil rights have been restored)
may register to vote. Pre-registration
at age 17 is allowed, but eligibility
to vote remains at 18 years of
age. The Palm Beach County
Supervisor of Elections is responsible
for registering eligible residents
and for maintaining voter registration
rolls. Mail-in forms may
be obtained at City Hall or voters
may register at the South County
Courthouse, 345 S. Congress Avenue
in Delray Beach or the Supervisor
of Elections Office at 301 N.
Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach.
Forms are also available at many
other sites - call for locations.
Voters may register with or without
party affiliation, but only registered
Democrats or Republicans may vote
in their respective party primaries.
All registered voters may vote
on referendum issues or for non-partisan
Absentee Voting, Elected Representatives,
Weather (561) 393-7989
- Boil Water Advisory (561) 367-7004
This hotline provides a recorded message with updated information on any boil water advisories affecting large portions of the water service area.
- Conservation/Restrictions (561) 338-7310
The use of water for sprinkling and irrigation is prohibited on Friday and between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday through Thursday. Water use between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Saturday through Thursday is limited to three days a week as follows: property with odd-numbered addresses are permitted to irrigate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and property with even-numbered addresses are permitted to irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Watering time is not to exceed four continuous hours on parcels under five acres. See: Project I.R.I.S.
- Cross Connection/Backflow Prevention Program (561) 447-7403
Call for information relating to requirements that potable water services be protected from cross connections with, or backflow from, other sources.
- Payments (561) 393-7750
Water payments may be mailed, or may be paid on the main floor of City Hall during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.), weekdays. A drop box for after hour payments is located at the front entrance of City Hall. Beginning in December 1996, payments can also be made at the new City Hall Annex at 3001 W. Yamato Road.
- Reclamation - See: Project I.R.I.S.
- Service (561) 393-7750
Call Customer Service at least 24-hours in advance to open up an account for a residence or business. Customers are billed every other month.
- Stormwater Management (561) 338-7365
Call for information relating to requirements that stormwater systems be managed to minimize environmental degradation.
- Wastewater Pretreatment (561) 338-7333
Information relating to requirements that certain commercial/industrial activities pretreat their flows prior to entering wastewater treatment facilities can be obtained by calling the above number.
Call Marine Safety for up-to-date information about beach conditions.
The Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court is responsible for the processing and filing of legal documents as they pertain to wills.
- Filing (561) 355-2900
- Probate (561) 930-9749
A pamphlet on xeriscaping (water efficient landscaping) can be obtained in the City Clerk's office.
The City of Boca Raton offers a variety of programs and services for the young people of the community. Safety and other educational programs, sport and recreational programs, as well as intervention programs are among those available. Call the main number to be routed to a program of specific interest. Consult this guide or The Recreator
, or call the City Hall operator.
The City's zoning officers review all single-family building permit application for compliance with setback, height, and other regulations. They provide information on flood zones and flood elevations. When a new structure is built, the zoning officer reviews the survey to determine that the residence is being built in accordance with approved plans. All sign permit applications are reviewed for compliance with code. All applications
for Business Tax Receipt / Certificate of Use are reviewed for compliance with zoning regulations.