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Visit the online payments link and follow the steps below.
Step 1 - Click on "Make a Payment"
Step 2 - On the Make a Payment window, enter the Application Number and click "Find".
Step 3 - Select the application by clicking the checkmark in the results and you will see a list of fees associated with the application number. Confirm the fees and then click "Checkout." On the screens that follow, enter payment information and complete the transaction.
All home-based businesses need a business tax receipt. However, a Certificate of Use is not required. Sec. 98-91 (a) of the City of Deerfield Beach Land Development Code States:
Permitted home occupations operated in any dwelling unit may be operated only if they comply with all of the following conditions:
Where permitted: Within a residential dwelling unit and only by the person or persons occupying that dwelling therein and no additional employees shall be permitted. Evidence of use: Storage of materials and/or equipment, signs and/or advertising displays, motor vehicles (other than the owner's noncommercial vehicles) or any other indication that said premises is being used commercially is hereby prohibited. Size: Does not exceed 20 percent of the total living area of the dwelling unit within which it is located. Permitted uses: Includes not more than one of the following uses, provided that such uses are clearly minor and secondary to the use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes.
Both Business Tax Receipt and Certificate of Use applications along with instructions are available to download for your convenience under the "Applications & Information" section of this web page.
All receipts issued shall expire on the 30th day of September of each year. No receipt shall be issued for more than one year.
For each receipt obtained on October 1st through March 31st, the full tax for one year shall be paid. For each receipt obtained on April 1st through September 30th, one half (1/2) the full tax for one year shall be paid.
Each year, the City will begin sending renewal notices in July. However, if the renewal notice is not received, it is still the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that their business tax is renewed prior to September 30th of each year. Failure to receive a renewal reminder notice will not exempt business owners from paying any penalties for late payment.
All business tax receipts must be approved by Planning & Zoning. Contact the Planning & Zoning Division at 954-480-4206 to determine if the proposed use is permitted prior to filling out an application.
All businesses are required to post the tax receipt on-site in a conspicuous place.
For any person who engages in any business within the City without first obtaining a BTR, the penalty is up to 25% of the business tax due, in addition to any other penalty provided by law or ordinance. Persons who do not pay the required taxes within 150 days after initial notice of the tax being due are subject to a penalty equal to the annual amount of the Business Tax or $250.00, whichever is less, in addition to possible civil action and penalties. Penalties cannot be waived as the City Code does not provide for administrative relief by staff, administrators or elected officials.
Schedule - Percentage Added to Toal Renewal Tax(For illustration, based on the original fee of $150.00)
Transfers of the business location, name change, and change of ownership are charged a Transfer fee of 10% of the original cost fee, up to a maximum of $25.00. The ORIGINAL Business Tax Receipt must be returned and must be signed and dated by the previous owner and indicate that all rights, interest, and title of the business are assigned to the new owner.
A Business Tax Application Checklist is available to download for your convenience under the "Application & Information" section of this web page.
A Broward County Business Tax Receipt is also required in addition to the City of Deerfield Beach Tax Receipt. See below for Broward County BTR contact information.
Broward County Business Tax
Revenue Collection Division Governmental Center Annex (Ground Floor)
115 S. Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
A Business Tax Receipt is required before any person may engage in, manage, or be in charge of any business, profession, or occupation in the City of Deerfield Beach, including home-based businesses. Sections 1-15, 18-5 & 38-263 of the City of Deerfield Beach Code provide complete details regarding the provisions. Once obtained, the business tax receipt must be renewed annually on or before October 1.
Except for home businesses, no Business Tax Receipt shall be issued until a Certificate of Use for the location has been issued; in accordance with the city code. For questions regarding Certificate of Use, please contact the Planning & Zoning Division at 954-480-4206.
According to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statues, it is not required that you submit a form or written request; however, use of the form provides for easy distribution of said request. Also, as a requester, you may remain anonymous when making a request; if you so choose, you then become responsible for contacting the Clerk’s Office to follow up on the request.To request a public record, you may:
In order to access your records or view the status of a public records request, please use our Public Request Portal (Request Number required).The City Clerk furnishes copies of public records upon request and payment of the fees as set forth herein:
Please note: If the nature or volume of the public records requested to be inspected or copied pursuant to this subsection is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel of the City, or both, the City shall charge, in addition to the actual cost of duplication, a special service charge, which shall be reasonable and shall be based on the cost incurred for such extensive use of information technology resources or the labor cost of the personnel providing the service that is actually incurred by the City or attributable to the City for the clerical and supervisory assistance required, or both. A request that requires more than 15 minutes of information technology resources or clerical time shall be deemed to be extensive for the purpose of this section. The estimated cost of extensive research and copying must be paid in advance; any differences will be collected or refunded when the material is picked up.
There are a number of advisory boards that provide information to staff and the Commission in various areas. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please see the Advisory Boards page for specific advisory board information and the board application, to apply.
Per Ordinance No. 2011/024, a charge of $5.00 shall be assessed for each notarial act requested by the public and performed by a city official or employee of the City of Deerfield Beach; however, the City does NOT notarize the following documents:
The Deerfield Beach Commission is a five-member body elected for a four (4) year term; however, the terms are staggered and elections are held every two (2) years. The next election will be March 2021, for election of the Mayor, as well as, Districts 3 and 4.
Also, every four (4) years, the Deerfield Beach Charter requires redistricting for population consistency throughout the districts, which often changes district boundary lines.
Mayor: Any qualified Broward County elector whose principal place of residence is in the City of Deerfield Beach and who has resided continuously in the City for six (6) months immediately prior to qualifying as a candidate for the office shall be eligible to hold the office of mayor. The Mayor must continue to live within the city limits during the term of office or forfeit the office.Commissioner: Any qualified Broward County elector whose principal place of residence is in the City of Deerfield Beach and who has resided continuously in the City for six (6) months immediately prior to qualifying and in the district from which he seeks to qualify prior to qualifying as a candidate for the office shall be eligible to hold the Office of City Commissioner. During the term of office a commissioner must continue to live within the district from which he or she was elected or forfeit the office. For additional information regarding the qualifying process, please see the City Charter.
The City Commission agenda consists of items prepared by Staff for Commission consideration. These items include, but are not limited to, rezoning, variances, advisory board appointments, agreements, purchases and a plethora of other topics.
Commission meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m., however, there is only one (1) meeting held in July. The meetings are held in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of City Hall: 150 NE 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.
Meetings Open To Public: All meetings of the City Commission shall be open to the public and conducted in a manner consistent with the Sunshine Law; provided that, certain attorney client sessions, as permitted by Section 286.011, F.S., and meetings relating to collective bargaining issues, as permitted by Section 447.605 shall be permitted to be conducted in private.Public to be heard - Non-Agenda Issues: During the Public Comment section of the agenda, anyone may speak for three (3) minutes on any matter relating to the business of the City or public policy, excluding matters on the agenda, and a one (1) minute extension may be granted by the Mayor. All persons speaking on non-agenda issues shall be subject to the following rules:
Yes, however, any requests to add an Agenda Item must be submitted to the City Manager’s Office for consideration. There is no guarantee that all resident requests will appear on the agenda; whereby, if Staff is able to resolve a situation, they will do so before submitting to the City Commission.
A proclamation recognizes an organization or cause that affects a large number of citizens. To request a proclamation, please see the guidelines and form: Proclamation Request.
No, however the United States Postal Service’s local office schedules passport appointments. Their address is 212 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 and phone number is 954-412-0812. Please visit their website: Deerfield Beach- Post Office.
You want to select the "right tree for the right place". Before selecting a tree, you need to answer some questions. Do you want the tree to provide shade, fruit, or seasonal color, or act as a windbreak or screen? Does space lend itself to a large, medium, or small tree? Are there overhead or belowground wires or utilities in the vicinity? Do you need to consider clearance for sidewalks, patios or driveways? Are there other trees in the area? Is the soil deep, fertile, and well-drained, or is it shallow, compacted, and infertile?
Based on your answers to those questions, review publications (such as Waterwise South Florida Landscapes, on the internet at www.sfwmd.gov and available in hard copy at no charge from the South Florida Water Management District) to determine which species of tree will best meet your needs. Once you select a species, you will need to select a high-quality tree at the nursery.
A high-quality tree has:
A low-quality tree has:
Pruning large trees can be dangerous and is best to hire a professional arborist. An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. A professional arborist can provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance.
If you would like to have a tree removed, you must first obtain a permit for tree removal. To apply for a permit, download and fill out the tree removal permit application. Complete the application and be sure to include the owner's name and signature, tree care worker's name, signature, and copy of their tree trimmer's license. After you submit the application, the tree will be evaluated by the City Landscaper Architect to determine if the permit will be granted. If the permit is granted, you can pick up the permit and pay the permit fee ($10 per tree) at City Hall. You will be required to plant replacement trees to mitigate for the loss of tree canopy caused by the tree removal. The number of replacement trees required will depend on the size and species of trees being removed and planted. If granted, the permit is valid for 30 days. Once replacement trees have been installed, you must contact the building department at 954-480-4250 or 4251, or fax your request to 954-422-5812 for a tree removal permit final inspection.
The parking rates vary in the different zones but the multi-space parking meter will always indicate the prevailing rate for the zone in which you have chosen to park.
Parking areas north of SE 1 Street and along Ocean Way, are enforced every day of the week from 6 AM until 12 midnight. (this includes the Kirk Cottrell Pavilion parking lot and the Pier parking lot) Parking areas south of SE 1 Street and along Ocean Way, are enforced every day of the week from 6 AM until 11 PM. (this includes the Main beach parking lot).The parking lot west of A1A and east SE 19 Avenue between SE 5 Street and SE 6 Street closes at 7 PM.
No.Pay Stations are pro-rated and will not accept payments that exceed the time period for that specific location. Pay Stations are also programmed to shut off after the enforced time period.
Yes.The multi-space parking meters accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
Yes.Once the transaction is completed a receipt is issued. However, if a receipt is not issued, the transaction was not completed and you will be required to start the process over.
No.The City’s Parking Enforcement Division uses License Plate Recognition technology (LPR) to identified those who paid for parking as well as those who didn’t pay for parking.The receipt serves as proof that a parking session was paid for. It also provides the time the parking session expires.There is no need to place the receipt on the dashboard.Keep it for your records only.
Simply press the one hour button until desired time is reached. Parking rates are per hour.
For added convenience, you may also use the Way-To-Park app to add or extend your parking session.***Reminder: Deerfield Beach only accepts the ‘WAY-TO-PARK’ app.
When occupying a designated handicap parking space, individuals owning a valid, current handicap placard can park for free for the duration of the designated time frame.In ZONE 8503 the designated time frame is until 12 midnightIn ZONE 8504 the designated time frame is until 11 pm.The handicap placard shall be visibly displayed for the ENTRE duration of the parking session.
Individuals occupying a non-designated parking space shall receive the FIRST 4 HOURS of parking at no charge. To qualify, the individual shall register their license plate at one of the multi-space pay stations strategically located throughout the Barrier Island. Failure to register shall render the parking session as unpaid and in violation of Ordinance 66-77; which carries a fine amount of $30.00.
The 4-hours of complimentary parking applies ONLY to on-street parking.Complimentary parking is NOT available on any off-street parking lot.
Yes.When any button is pressed the screen will light up for the duration of the transaction.
Yes.Before your transaction is completed you can either use the backspace key to make corrections or cancel the entire transaction by pressing the red “X” button and start over.
Yes.In accordance with Sec. 66-41(d); any person may submit within ten (10) calendar days a written request with the City’s Parking Division for review of the parking citation.The written appeal must be received by the Parking Division within ten (10) calendar days or the right to appeal is forfeited.An Administrative Review of the parking citation shall be a precedent to filing an appeal with the Special Magistrate.All requests shall be mailed or hand delivered to:Parking Enforcement Office150 NE Second AveDeerfield Beach, FL 33441
You can view your parking citation and related pictures at www.dfb.city/paymyticket.
***Please note: failure to pay a parking citation will result in late fees.
Call 954.480.4381 The City of Deerfield Beach is the SOLE HAULER for GARBAGE Ordinance 58.81
The COVID-19 Mortgage, Rental & Utilities Assistance Program provides one-time rental assistance to eligible Deerfield Beach residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will only be provided for mortgage, rents & utilities due beginning on April 1, 2020 and onward. Eligible applicants must be able to continue to make payments and meet basic needs once assistance is provided.
The program is not designed to assist those who were not financially impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
The City is utilizing Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) and State of Florida Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) funds to support this program.
Yes, assistance will be only given to properties located in the City of Deerfield Beach.
Unemployment documentation and/or letter from employer explaining loss or reduction in wage.
No. This assistance is not a loan; it is a grant and will not have to be paid back. However, if we discover that a recipient has falsified documents or has somehow defrauded the program, the money will have to be repaid.
No, rooming/halfway houses do not qualify under program.
Provide a letter of explanation.
Proof of income includes pay stubs or earning statements for every household member over 18 years old, if employed.
If all documents are satisfactory, it may take up to 15 days.
The City will assist with a maximum of up to $10,000.00 including utilities allowance of up to $1,000.00.
No, for rental assistance, all payments will be made directly to the landlord and for mortgage payments, to the mortgage company. For utility assistance, all payments will be made directly to the utility provider.
You can receive up to 6-months of assistance not to exceed $10,000.00.
No, if you received funding for Mortgage, Rental and/or Utilities Assistance you can not apply again.
No, applicant name must be on lease.
Yes. Applicants must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 120% of Area Median Income (AMI) limits established by HUD for the jurisdiction of Broward County, FL as follows:
Maximum Family Size
The City will assist with a maximum of up to $10,000.00.
No. Assistance will only be provided for mortgage, rents & utilities beginning on April 1, 2020 and onward. Assistance is only available to those who can provide evidence that they experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
No, applications are on a first-come first served basis.
Units such as apartments, houses, townhouses, and mobile homes are allowable.
Yes, the initial required documents from the application must be met and will need to include the following:
Yes, the payment of late fees is an eligible expense.
Yes, if it is included in the mortgage payment.
If paid weekly 4 paystubs, 2 if paid bi-weekly and 1 paystub if paid monthly.
If a W9 is unattainable, applicant must provide vendor Tax ID Number.
Apply online on City website at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1509/Programs.
Stormwater is any precipitation that falls from the sky. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or runnoff and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies.
The stormwater system consists of all the gutters, inlets, storm drain piping, swales, and water bodies.
The City is required to meet service and permit obligations mandated by federal and state regulatory programs. The stormwater utility allows the City to meet those service obligations, expand the level of services in our community, and become solvent through cost recovery associated with those services. Several projects have been identified that will lessen the impact of local flooding, and these projects will be paid in part from the revenue generated by the stormwater fees.
All properties within the City limits that are developed will pay a fee.
All properties in the City contribute stormwater to the system, so all should contribute to the costs of operating the system. A portion of the utility’s revenues will be used to maintain and to make stormwater capacity improvements (pipes, structures, and water body), as well as address stormwater quality on our aging system. As facilities age, they require a higher level of maintenance and eventual replacement. Stormwater quality is an environmental concern that was not previously addressed with older systems and will need to be addressed with any new improvements.
Yes, all new development and re-development is required to follow existing City ordinances that require them to build, at their expense, storm sewer systems, and stormwater detention facilities to manage the runoff generated by their developments.
No, the City will take care of stormwater pipes within easements and rights of way. Property owners are responsible for mowing and general landscape care in easements, as well as other yard areas, including portions of the right of way that front their property.
The fee will be added to the monthly water and sewer utility bills as a separate line item. Water and wastewater bills issued after October 1, 2018, will include the stormwater charges. The Stormwater Fee is not a tax, but a fee for service like the water and wastewater utility. Citizens will benefit from the Stormwater Fee through a better-maintained storm sewer system, increased control of local flooding, and improved surface water quality. Florida Statutes authorize the creation of this utility and the City enacted this charge by ordinance and resolution of the City Commission. The City and the County each provide water and sewer services within the City limits. Due to delays associated with starting billing services, the City billing began with a two months retroactive billing cycle and the County will begin billing in April 2019 with a seven-month retroactive billing cycle. All subsequent bills will be monthly.
The fee is assessed at $3.75 per equivalent residential unit (ERU). All single-family homes are treated as one ERU. All residential subcategories are assessed at a flat rate per the multiplier in the following table. As an example, a townhome is assessed at 0.67 ERU x $3.75 = $2.51.
The ERU is a billing unit defined by ordinance as an impervious surface with a measurement of 2,788 sq. ft. Commercial parcels with the Utility’s service area (non-flat rate parcels) were individually measured using GIS/aerial photography to determine the extent of each parcel’s impervious area, which was converted to ERUs by dividing by 2,788 sq ft/ERU. As an example, a large apartment complex with retail that measures 27,880 sq. ft. of imperious area will be divided by 2,788 sq. ft./ERU for a total of 10 ERU’s. In turn, each ERU is billed at $3.75 for a total monthly cost of $37.50.
The City’s stormwater utility fee is a citywide utility established across all properties within the City and assessed on all facilities within the City to implement a citywide stormwater management system that provides for the collection, storage, treatment, and conveyance of stormwater that are a benefit to all residents within the City. The state and county requirements for surface water management for development are a requirement of all properties across the board irrespective of local municipal stormwater systems. The local fee is assessed simply as an equitable method for funding our maintenance and improvements of this utility for the benefit of the entire City.
The benefits include funding for improved services for flood reduction, water quality management, planning and studies to improve water quality and flood reduction, risk assessments, improved operation and maintenance, water quality monitoring, capital improvements, GIS database management, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (Federal Program) compliance, capital improvements, and natural resources restoration.
Free Chlorination is a temporary process that distributes free chlorine in place of combined chlorine (chloramine) throughout the water distribution system as part of routine distribution system maintenance.
Free chlorination is a common practice used by water producers using the chloramine treatment method. It is typically performed once or twice per year over a two to four week time-period to remove biofilms from inside the distribution pipes.
Free Chlorine is the use of chlorine-only, which is a stronger disinfectant than chloramines.
Chloramine is a disinfectant used in drinking water made up of chlorine and ammonia together.
Water treatment operators may chlorinate drinking water using either chlorine gas, liquid sodium hypochlorite solution (bleach), or dry calcium hypochlorite.
Chlorine has helped provide safe drinking water in the United States for more than 100 years.
Chlorine is by far the most commonly used drinking water disinfectant in all regions of the world. Today, about 98 percent of U.S. water treatment systems use some type of chlorine disinfection process to help provide safe drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires treated tap water to contain a detectable level of chlorine to protect against germs as it flows from the treatment plant to consumers' taps.
The small amount of chlorine added to disinfect drinking water in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations is safe for consumption. According to EPA, allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) pose "no known or expected health risk."
This is a temporary process that lasts approximately three weeks.
Yes. This is a commo industry practice. There are many utilities in Broward County and throughout the country that use chloramines as a distribution system disinfectant which convert to free chlorine on a periodic basis.
No, the drinking water still meets all State and Federal water quality standards.
Some people may notice a change in the taste or the odor during this time, but adverse health effects are not expected.
Your water may taste or smell different because the City of Deerfield Beach is temporarily changing its disinfection process. There will be a change from chloramines (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) to chlorine only. Water systems using chloramines periodically change to chlorine as part of a maintenance program within the water distribution system. During this temporary change to chlorine, you may notice a slight difference in the taste or smell of your tap water.
We suggest storing water in an open pitcher and placing in the refrigerator. The chlorine will naturally dissipate from the water, and will become less noticeable. Also, cold water tastes better.
As part of our commitment to provide safe and reliable water, the Utilities plant staff always monitor the water to determine when the system might need the treatment change.
Just as with chlorine, chloramines can harm all saltwater and freshwater fish, reptiles, shellfish, and amphibians that live in water. Commercial establishments and hobbyists involved in fish rearing need to take precautions. There are two methods that can be used to remove or neutralize chloramines before adding water to a fish tank, pond, or aquarium: (1) Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration system specifically designed to remove chloramines, or (2) conditioner or additive that contains a de-chlorinating chemical for both ammonia and chlorine. These products are available at local pet and aquarium supply stores. The residential and commercial fish owners are advised to verify which method is best for them with their pet store or aquatic/aquarium retailer.
Flushing fire hydrants is a routine part of the free chlorination process. This will occur in various parts of the City, as a result, increased flushing may be observed during this time.