Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
Show All Answers
The Governor declared all Florida counties into Full Phase 1 on May 18, 2020. (Executive Order 2020-123)
Restaurants, Retail, Museums and Gyms
Restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 or 509, Florida Statutes, may serve patrons at indoor seating so long as they limit indoor occupancy up to fifty (50) percent of their seating capacity, excluding employees. The requirement for a minimum of 6 feet between parties is superseded to the extent appropriate partitioning is in place. Bar counters are to remain closed to seating, and outdoor seating remains available with social distancing. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will post and update appropriate safety measures on its website.
In-store retail sales establishments may operate up to fifty (50) percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guideline s issued by the CDC and OSHA.
Museums and libraries may operate up to fifty (50) percent of their building occupancy, provided, however, that local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government, however, at this time Boca Raton will not be opening City libraries. Services will remain virtual.
Gyms and fitness centers may operate up to fifty (50) percent of their building occupancy so long as they adopt safety measures including appropriate social distancing for classes and sufficient cleaning supplies to ensure, at a minimum, patrons’ individual self-cleaning of surfaces and machines using sanitation wipes following each use. DBPR will post and update best practices on its website.
Professional Sports Venues
Professional sports may operate in the State of Florida and venues may host training, competitions, events and games. This provision shall preempt any local rule prohibiting a professional sports team conducting, or the operations of the venue from hosting, those sports activities at facilities in the State.
Amusement parks may submit a re-opening plan to the State of Florida that includes a proposed date for resumption of operations and proposed guidelines to ensure guest and staff safety. Requests to re-open must include an endorsement letter from the County Mayor or in absence of a county mayor from the City Mayor and County Administrator.
Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator and the county’s safety plan for vacation rental operations submitted to the DBPR Secretary. DBPR will post and update guidance on its website.
Organized Youth Activities EO 20-131 issued May 22, 2020
Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, and child care. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may operate including, but not limited to, those defined 409.175 and 513.02, Florida Statutes, respectively.
This order shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50; Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.
Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and other cosmetology salons remain in effect from State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery (EO 20-112):
On May 4, 2020, Governor DeSantis authorized Executive Order 20-112: State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, that repealed Executive Order 20-91: Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Beginning May 11, Governor DeSantis authorized Palm Beach County to enter into Phase 1 through Executive Order 20-120: State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Governor DeSantis also issued the following executive orders that expanded the phased reopenings throughout Florida.
Phase 1 also allows the reopening of beaches, parks and other recreational spaces. The City of Boca Raton continues to open many parks and open spaces with some limitations and restrictions.
For additional information or questions:
Yes, however subsequent orders have been modified or repealed due to the State’s Phase 1 opening orders.
On May 11, based on the inclusion of Palm Beach County into Governor’s Executive Order 20-120: State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, and additional State of Florida Executive Orders to expand Phase 1, County Administrators determined that the County’s existing Emergency Order is no longer necessary. Therefore, Palm Beach County Executive Order 9 repealed County Emergency Order Number 2020-002a.
Executive Order 9 does not allow for the reopening of any additional businesses outside of the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-112 and 20-123 or entertainment/amusement venues that are subject to local review and the governor’s orders.
For alarm questions or issues, please email email@example.com.
Yes. City beach parks and parking are open to permit holders and patrons paying daily rates on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Beach parks are open from 8am - sunset. Limited restrooms will be open. All City of Boca Raton beach park playgrounds and picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice.
The Dog Beach will open on Friday, June 5, 2020 with the following hours:
The City will review this issue during the upcoming budget process which will be finalized in September.
While Palm Beach County dog park restrictions were lifted as of May 18, Bark Beach remains closed.
Mizner Bark Dog Park reopened on Tuesday, May 19 for permit holders ONLY. Park hours are Sunday - Saturday from 7am - Dusk and Wednesdays from 12pm - Dusk. The port-o-let at the dog park will remain closed. CDC guidelines should be followed including wearing facial coverings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Yes. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Marine Conservationist Team has been monitoring the beaches in Boca Raton for Sea Turtle and shorebird nesting activity since mid-February. The first nest occurred February 23, 2020, which is ahead of the normal nesting season dates of March 1. The City of Boca Raton considers beach monitoring for sea turtle nesting activity to be an essential job.
Yes. Beach permits can be purchased and picked up at the Boca Raton Community Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) with curbside processing.
For beach permit information, patrons can visit Beach Permits to view eligibility requirements.
Dog permits cannot be purchased at that this time.
No. At this time ( 5/17/20) we can only offer online renewals. If you have previously purchased a beach parking permit you can renew it online and have it mailed to you. You can also renew Mizner Bark permits online (free to City and Beach and Park District residents).
The City and Beach and Park District All Inclusive (beach/boat/Mizner Bark) and Combination (beach/Mizner Bark) passes include Mizner Bark, as well. Bark Beach has not yet opened.
If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Services at 561-393-7810.
Yes. Palm Beach County issued an order on April 29, 2020, easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate that included the reopening of the Silver Palm Park boat ramp. The ramp is open only to City of Boca Raton permit holders. Social distancing guidelines apply, and restrooms and picnic areas remain closed.
Yes. Recreational boating is permitted with some restrictions which are outlined in the Palm Beach County Order 5.
In addition, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an order that outlines social distancing requirements (50 feet between vessels) and maximum capacity on vessels (no more than 10 people per vessel). FWC is the enforcing agency along the intracoastal waterway including Lake Boca Raton.
Yes. Building inspections and virtual building inspections are being performed on new commercial buildings and new single family homes. A drop box is located outside the front door for corrections or revisions to existing permit applications or current building permits. New permits need to be applied for online.
All permit application fees can be paid online and inspections scheduled or canceled online.
For information about Virtual Inspections: www.myboca.us/157/Building-Permits-and-Inspections
Yes. However, the Building Department Lobby is not opened to the public. The Building Department is operating Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm with the exception of Wednesday 8am - 3pm.
The City of Boca Raton Building Department is continuing to review all electronic plan submissions, online permit applications and issue approved building permits.
Additional questions can be sent to the Building Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-393-7930.
No. New permits need to be applied for online.
Customers can pay online.Please note: Currently, the the Building Department Lobby is not opened to the public. The Building Department is operating Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm with the exception of Wednesday 8am - 3pm.Questions can be sent to the Building Department at email@example.com or 561-393-7930.
Governor DeSantis recently brought all Florida counties into the State’s Full Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery (EO 2020-123) on May 18, 2020. EO 2020-123 was extended to Organized Youth Activities on May 22, 2020 with EO 2020-131.
Governor DeSantis recently authorized the reopening of Palm Beach County into the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
Businesses that are considered "critical" or "essential" and allowed to operate are listed under Palm Beach County and State orders.
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can find resources and assistance through Palm Beach County, the City’s Office of Economic Development and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
Visit our COVID-19 Business Resources page for information on:
No. The City of Boca Raton is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our residents and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. After careful consideration, the City of Boca Raton has decided to cancel all City facilitated summer camps and all specialty camps provided by independent contractors on City property for Summer 2020.
This includes all Camp Boca sites, Gumbo Limbo Environmental Camp, all specialty camps held at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, all sports related camps, and camps held at the beach.
The goal of our summer camp programs has always been to ensure every camper enjoys a summer that is fun, and most importantly, safe. The safety and health of our campers and their families, as well as our team members remains our priority. We are working closely with camp professionals around the country new and creative programming. Please check our website and Facebook in June for virtual summer program opportunities and camp resources. We will certainly miss seeing our campers’ smiling faces and hope you stay safe and healthy!
For questions, please email Sara Rennert, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Beginning Monday, April 13, City Council Meetings, CRA Meetings and City Council workshops are being held virtually with GoToMeeting. Additional Workshop meetings will be held every other Tuesday through the month of May. To learn more about the virtual meetings or how you can participate, visit Virtual Meeting Instructions.
No. Currently, there is not a curfew in place for the City of Boca Raton.
Our Citizens Information Center (CIC) is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm to receive your questions: 561-982-4900.
You can also reach out to us on social media:
Additionally, you can visit the City’s website for resource links and updates or subscribe to our newsletters for news and announcements.
Currently, the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County have orders in effect strongly encouraging individuals to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in the City of Boca Raton is encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public spaces. These areas include but are not limited to:
Cloth face coverings can be made from common household items/materials and should:
Cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
For more information about face covering, visit the CDC website.
For parking issues, please email email@example.com.
Yes. On April 28, 2020 Palm Beach County issued an order easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate. Beginning May 11, the County began to implement the Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, as directed by the State. In Phase 1, City of Boca Raton parks, beaches and facilities continue to open with some limitations and restrictions.
Most recently, City of Boca Raton beach-front parks and parking lots opened to the public Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 8am – sunset for permit holders and patrons paying the daily rates.
To view the current list of openings, please visit the Phased Park Openings newsflash. *Other parks not listed on the table remain closed.
While visiting city parks, residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing can not be maintained.
While members of the Boca Raton Police Department continue to patrol the city keeping its residents safe, the lobby is closed to the public.
No. Currently all non-essential services have been temporarily suspended.
A copy of a police report or any public records request can be made via the records request section of the website. Visit www.bocapolice.com and click the Records Request icon in the middle of the page.
***Testing sites are not facilitated by the City. Please refer to the Florida Department of Health for additional questions and information regarding testing.
In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County opened a new community based testing site in Boca Raton.
The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus (901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, 33431). Residents should enter the testing site from Spanish River Boulevard. See attached map (PDF).
Visit Palm Beach County’s website for more information on testing.
5444 Haverhill RoadWest Palm Beach, FL 33407Any age, by appointment only & need not be symptomatic(561) 642-1000
16700 Jog RoadDelray Beach, FL 33446Over age 16, by appointment only & need be symptomatic(561) 804-0250
For more information visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/testing-sites.aspx for more testing sites or http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx for more information from Palm Beach County.
Yes. The shuttle is in service but the service is limited as of March 31, 2020 due to the schedule change implemented by Tri-Rail. Tri-Rail is only at the Yamato Road station every two hours. However, there is an additional bus following the one currently running. The additional bus allows for passengers to have more space. Once Tri-Rail returns to a normal schedule the Park at Broken Sound shuttles will return to their regular schedule.
The new service will be the mid-day route and will start at the Tri-Rail station as follows:
:20 after the hour doing a route through The Park at Broken Sound
:45 after the hour arriving at Tri-Rail Station
:50 after the hour doing a route through The Park at Broken Sound
:15 after the hour arriving at the Tri-Rail Station
Tri-Rail has adjusted their schedule due to the decrease in ridership because of the current COVID-19 situation.
Tri-Rail Press Releases
Tri-Rail Reduced Service Weekday Schedule
In response to COVID-19 precautions, Tri-Rail’s train schedule has been modified until further notice.
View Tri-Rail’s weekly schedule.
View Tri-Rail’s weekend and holiday schedule.
For more information, visit the Tri-Rail website.
Unemployment Online Application Assistance
See: A Message from the Utility Services Department Regarding the Boca Raton’s Water and Wastewater Services (PDF).
Utility Services provides this service to customers 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. To have the water turned off or schedule a time, please call 561-338-7339.
Water services remain on during transfers. To set up or finalize an account, email Customer Service at CustomerServiceWater@myboca.us. Final/initial meter readings are initiated through that contact.
For water utility questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.