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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Bayfront Community Redevelopment District
    • Does this mean an increase in my property taxes?
    • What are examples of the types of strategies and activities that may be funded through TIF funds?
    • What types of improvements are planned for the Bayfront Redevelopment District?
    • What is eminent domain?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a redevelopment agency?
    • What is Tax Increment Financing?
    • How much will Palm Bay receive in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Funds?
    • How are strategies or activities financed?
    • What is the definition of "Slum and Blight"?
    • How is an area designated as a Redevelopment District?
    • What is Community Redevelopment?
  • Business Tax Receipt
    • What payment options are there for Business Tax Receipts?
    • How are the classification fees determined?
    • What determines the classification of my business?
    • What is the fee for a delinquent Business Tax Receipt?
    • If I am actively engaged in business within the City of Palm Bay and did not apply for a Business Tax Receipt, can I be charged a penalty?
    • What if I incorporate my business?
    • What if I move my business?
    • Can I use a D/B/A?
    • What other documentation do I need to obtain a Business Tax Receipt?
    • If I already have a Brevard County Business Tax Receipt, do I need a City of Palm Bay Business Tax Receipt?
    • How do I obtain a Business Tax Receipt?
    • How long is a Business Tax Receipt valid?
    • What is a Business Tax Receipt?
    • When do I need to apply for a Businesss Tax Receipt?
  • Code Violation
    • Can I pay a Code Enforcement or Nuisance Violation fine online?
    • What is a junk or inoperative vehicle?
    • What is commerical equipment?
    • What is overgrowth?
    • Can I operate a business from my home?
    • Who fills potholes and maintains stop signs?
    • Who maintains right-of-ways and drainage?
    • Who do I call when a car is parked on the road?
    • Who do I call if a canal needs cleaning?
    • Where can I park a recreational vehicle?
    • Can I park a commercial vehicle at my house?
  • Fire-Rescue
    • Swimming Pools
    • Sharps/Needle Disposal
    • Disposal of unwanted/unused medicines
    • Flowing Fire Hydrants
    • If I see fire, smell smoke, or have an emergency, whom should I call?
    • Fire in my home - what do I do?
    • Why do 911 dispatchers ask so many questions instead of sending help immediately?
    • Fire engine responds to my home instead of an ambulance
    • Trash - can I burn my own trash?
    • How do I protect my home from brush fires?
    • If a patient is transported to the hospital in the ambulance, may a family member accompany the patient in the ambulance?
    • If I am driving my vehicle and see a fire truck or ambulance approaching me, what should I do?
    • What hours do firefighters work?
    • If I would like to set up a safety class or fire station tour, whom should I contact?
    • I need a copy of a fire response report. What should I do?
    • Blood pressure checks - may I have this done at the fire department?
  • HR General
    • What is the difference between a volunteer and an intern?
    • How can I find out about future job openings?
    • Will applying online speed up the hiring process?
    • Who will respond to my application?
    • Once I submit an application, will it be applied to any similar position that comes open?
    • How can I apply online when I don't have access to a computer?
    • Can I submit an application in paper form?
    • How do I contact the umemployment office?
    • Can I apply for a job with Brevard County here?
    • What is the minimum wage?
    • I am a non-city employee and my employer did not pay me. Who do I call?
    • Will you accept an application for a job that is not currently open?
    • Do you accept general applications?
    • How do I apply for job?
  • HR Volunteer
    • What insurance is needed to volunteer?
    • Is there a dress code?
    • May I volunteer for multiple departments?
    • How many hours will I be expected to volunteer?
    • Will I be trained for a volunteer position?
    • Is there an orientation process for new volunteers?
    • What happens after I apply to be a volunteer?
    • What types of screening practices are in place?
    • Will my volunteer position lead to a job with the City of Palm Bay?
    • I work during the day. Do you have a need for volunteers on weekends and in the evenings?
    • Is there an age requirment to volunteer?
    • I reside in another state for a few months each year. Can I still volunteer during the months I am here?
    • Do I need to be a city of Palm Bay resident to volunteer?
    • Is volunteering a two-way street?
    • What is the difference between a volunteer and an intern?
    • How does the City define a "volunteer"?
  • Liens
    • Do you research commercial properties as well as residential ones?
    • Can I pay for a lien search with a credit card?
  • Police - Code Compliance
    • Can I pay a Code Enforcement or Nuisance Violation fine online?
    • What is a junk or inoperative vehicle?
    • What is commerical equipment?
    • What is overgrowth?
    • Can I operate a business from my home?
    • Who fills potholes and maintains stop signs?
    • Who maintains right-of-ways and drainage?
    • Who do I call when a car is parked on the road?
    • Who do I call if a canal needs cleaning?
    • Where can I park a recreational vehicle?
    • Can I park a commercial vehicle at my house?
  • Police - False Alarm
    • Why are false alarms a problem?
    • What happens when the city gets an alarm call?
    • What does Palm Bay's law say about alarm systems?
    • What do I do if I have a false alarm and don't cancel it?
    • How can I prevent people-related false alarms?
    • How can I prevent environment-related false alarms?
    • How can I prevent equipment-related false alarms?
    • What can I do to prevent false alarms?
    • What happens when an alarm sounds?
    • How does an alarm system work?
    • How big is the false alarm problem?
    • What is the human cost factor?
    • What is a false alarm anyway?
  • Police - General
    • How do I find out if a person is in jail?
    • Who do I call regarding a barking dog or stray animal?
  • Solid Waste & Recycling
    • Is there a limit to the number of carts that I can have?
    • Whom should I contact for an additional cart and what is the fee?
    • How do I terminate or suspend my account?
    • Why does the City of Palm Bay offer waste collection one time per week?
    • May I use containers from third party carts that are compatiblie with WM's equipment?
    • What happens if my CART becomes damaged or is stolen?
    • I am a tenant, will I receive a sanitation bill?
    • How often will I be billed?
    • If I don't have utility service, what happens if I don't pay for sanitation?
    • If I have utility service, what happens if I don't pay for sanitation?
    • Why am I being billed by the City each month for Sanitation Services when I pay for Solid Waste Disposal on my taxes every year?
    • What if I am handicapped/disabled and cannot get my carts to the curb?
    • What time should I place my carts out, and where should I place them?
    • Whom do I contact to request the claw truck for large yard debris?
    • How should I prepare my yard waste and where should I place it for pick up?
    • What are my optioins in a "move out" situation where there will be a lot of items discarded?
    • I heard about The Bagster®. What exactly is it?
    • What if I have a large item such as furniture or appliances to discard of?
    • I heard that Home Depot recycles flourescent bulbs. Is this true?
    • What other types of recycling is available?
    • Are plastic bags recyclable?
    • Are styrofoam trays that meats are purchased in and styrofoam cups and plates recyclable?
    • What can I recycle?
    • What if my collection day falls on a holiday?
    • What do I do about items that do not fit inside the cart?
    • Whom do I contact if my carts were not emptied?
  • Stormwater
    • What is a watershed?
    • What is stormwater runoff?
    • Where does stormwater go after it hits the ground?
    • How do swales function?
    • Who’s responsible for the care and maintenance of swales?
    • What is the difference between proper and improper drainage?
    • What’s the best way to care for my pond?
    • Where does stormwater go after it drains into the swales and ponds?
    • Is the stormwater clean when it enters the Lagoon?
    • What can I personally do to help keep our stormwater runoff from polluting our waterways?
    • What other opportunities are there if I want to get even more involved?
    • Who do I call if I see someone polluting our stormwater by dumping garbage or other harmful contaminants?
    • Where can I go for more information on stormwater management?
  • Utilities
    • How do I establish utility service with the City?
    • How much is the transfer/administration fee?
    • What if I go away for several weeks or months?
    • When should I water my lawn?
    • How do I connect to City sewer if my house has a septic system?
    • Does the City keep any portion of the processing fee for credit/debit card payments?
    • Can I get a credit for filling a swimming pool?
    • How can I perform a leak check?
    • How do I connect to City water if I have a private well?
    • What do I do if I believe my water meter has been misread?
    • Does the City test our water and are there standards for taste, odor, and water appearance?
    • Where does our drinking water come from?
    • What is reverse osmosis?
    • Can I use the City's tap water in my aquarium?
    • What is the Safe Water Act?
    • What happens to the water I flush?
    • How does the City treat wastewater?
    • Is my service affected by what I put down the drain?
    • If I have a sewer problem whom do I call?
    • What is the hardness of the City's water?
    • How do I terminate my account?
    • What if my payment is late?
    • What is a processing or convenience fee?
    • Will I be charged a convenience fee for direct debit payment or any other form of payments through my bank?
    • What type of credit cards do you accept for payments?
    • How often will my water meter be read?
    • Is a deposit required for utility service?
    • When is my utility bill due?
    • How often will I get billed for my utility service?