Does the Town participate in the National Flood Insurance Program?
The Town participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System (CRS) to secure discounts for owners on their insurance premiums and to maintain Town eligibility for disaster assistance. Compliance with minimum flood elevations and building material requirements contributes to a reduction in flood insurance rates town-wide. Due to wind and flood conditions, in coastal high-hazard areas, design criteria for construction must meet 150-mile per hour wind load. Structures must also be designed to withstand wave action from potential storm surge.
If “minor work” is part of a larger project, is a permit required?
"Minor Work” may require a building permit if the work is part of a greater project. Additionally, these items, as well as any other items determined by the Building Department to be minor work, may require a tracking permit if the building is deemed to be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) non-compliant or the work to be performed is below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) as determined by the FEMA. Nothing contained herein shall relieve the property owner from compliance with the Florida Accessibility Code or other federal or state regulations.
If any person is in doubt whether the work to be performed falls within a “minor work” exception, that person shall request a binding interpretation from the Building Official. That person shall set forth, with specificity, the facts as to the extent and nature of the work on the Binding Interpretation of Minor Work Request Form provided by the Planning, Zoning and Building Department.
If I do not see a building permit posted, how can I tell if my neighbor has one?
You can call the Building Division at (941) 316-1966 to find out what permits have been approved for a given property. A Code Enforcement Officer will check the record, and will conduct a site visit if a permit is not on record. You can also check our online Permit Tracking to see if a permit has been issued.
My contractor’s business card states that he is, “LICENSED & INSURED” what does that mean?
A licensed contractor is required to have his license number on his business card. If a number is not listed on the card, he/she may have an occupational license and some required liability insurance, but not a contractor license, which is required to pull a permit.
What are the ‘minor work exemptions’ from building permit?
In 2004, the Town adopted a list of “minor work” that may be exempt from permitting. No person shall erect or construct, or proceed with the erection of any building or structure, nor repair, add to, enlarge, move, improve, alter, convert, extend, or demolish any building or structure in the Town, or cause the same to be done without first obtaining a building permit from the Building Official, unless the work is deemed to be “minor work”. “Minor Work” shall be defined as improvements or repairs with no change affecting the mechanical or technical code, and which has no structural affect whatsoever to the building or structure. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Wallpaper, wall coverings, or drywall finish
Drywall or sheetrock repair – up to 48-square feet
Floor and wall tile
Rugs, carpeting or other floor covering
Replacing cabinets, counter tops, and refacing
Replacement of existing fixtures or appliances – so long as there is no alteration or modification of existing wiring
Sink, dishwasher, or toilet replacement – so long as a licensed plumber performs the work
Replacement of existing hardware
Repair of broken glass (does not include replacement of window)
Driveways, decks and patios directly at-grade (must meet specific zoning criteria and must be approved by the Planning & Zoning Division as an exception)
Other items determined by the Building Official to be minor in accordance with Ordinance 04-12 and the Florida Building Code.
*When painting buildings with fire suppression systems and/or fire alarms, the owner shall notify the Fire Chief in accordance with Chapter 94 of this Code.
What can happen if I do not get the final inspection and my permit is revoked?
A code enforcement case will be generated and a “Notice of Violation” will follow. You will be given the opportunity to ask for a final inspection. If this does not occur in the allowed time frame, the case will be turned over to the Code Enforcement Board, where additional fines and fees will be incurred.
What hours can contractors work?
While there are no limitations that limit the hours a contractor can work, the Town does have a noise ordinance. To help preserve the lifestyle of Longboat Key, the Town Code prohibits disturbing noises before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. every day. Longboat Key Police enforce this provision of the Code.
What is Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
New homes are required to meet or exceed the minimum flood elevations (Base Flood Elevation (BFE)) established through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The elevation requirements vary depending on the location of the property and its elevation/zone.
What is required to finalize my permit with the Town?
It is important for your safety to make sure all permits have passed final inspection. Prior to completing your project, it is important to verify with your contractor and the Building Division that it has passed final inspection. Florida law requires that after 6-months of no inspections or contact from the contractor the permits goes into a revoked status.
When a permit is revoked additional fees are required to bring it back to an active status. Once brought back to an active status, inspections are scheduled and the work must pass the final inspection. This can be a problem for the homeowners if they are seasonal and have paid the contractors in full, prior to the final inspection. This becomes more of a problem if the work does not pass final inspection.
What is the "Freeboard Rule"?
The space between the required B.F.E. per the FIRM flood maps and the Town Ordinance required elevation. (The Town's Flood Control Ordinance is based on the FEMA recommended flood model for freeboard).
New residential construction elevated one foot above B.F.E.
New non-residential- flood proofed one foot above B.F.E
New residential and non-residential construction elevated three feet above B.F.E. or elevation required by F.D.E.P. whichever is higher.
All flood zones on the seaward side of the C.C.C.L. will be required to be elevated three feet above B.F.E. or elevation required by F.D.E.P. whichever is higher.
F.E.M.A. – Federal Emergency Management Agency
F.I.R.M. – Flood Insurance Rate Map
B.F.E. – Base Flood Elevation
Freeboard – Additional height above the required minimum elevation of the F.I.R.M.
C.C.C.L. – Coastal Construction Control Line
F.D.E.P. – Florida Department of Environmental Protection
In order to insure consistency and to improve implementation over multiple jurisdictions, the State of Florida elected to adopt a statewide building code. Construction in the Town of Longboat Key is under the Florida Statewide Building Code, which became effective March 15, 2012 (current Edition 2010). The Florida Building Code outlines who can pull a permit and when a permit is required. In addition, it establishes the minimum standards by which buildings are to be designed and constructed.
When is a permit required?
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system; the installation is regulated by technical code. The Town has adopted an ordinance that allows “minor work” to be exempt from permitting (Ordinance 04-12: Building Permit Minor Exemptions).
Who can pull a permit?
Any owner or contractor may apply for a permit for work on a single-family detached home. Owners cannot pull permits in multi-family buildings (condominiums) or for rental or leased properties. If you hire a contractor in Florida, they must be licensed and insured. If you live in a single-family home, you may do your own work but still must file plans and obtain permits demonstrating all applicable code requirements are met. As a means of addressing unlicensed contractor fraud, the state enacted requirements requiring that owner-builders, who pull their own permits, wait one year before selling their homes. If you live in a condominium or similar multi-family structure, the state requires you to hire a licensed and insured contractor, providing an additional degree of protection to your neighbors.
Who Interprets the Statewide Building Code?
The Town, through Chapter 150, Buildings of the Town Code, has adopted the Florida Statewide Building Code. The Statewide Building Code designates the local Building Official as the authority for implementation and interpretation of the Town Code. The Florida Building Commission may hear appeals of the local Building Official's determination.
Who should I contact if I have any other permitting or building code questions?
Why are the requirements on the mainland different than on the island?
As a barrier island, the Town is designated, by the State of Florida, as a coastal high-hazard area. Flood and wind protection criteria are stricter than mainland criteria due to the physical nature of a barrier island. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) requires state permits for all structures west of the state's Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) - roughly all property west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Redevelopment of property is often limited to renovation and maintenance with the goal of bringing all construction up to current codes to reduce risk and maintain the public health, safety and welfare.
Why does the final inspection matter?
The final inspection is important for many reasons. The most important is it insures that the work was done correctly and to code.
Why does the State of Florida have such strict requirements?
The Town is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Statewide Building Code. The Statewide Building Code was developed to correct poor construction quality and damage as a result of hurricanes such as Hurricane Andrew. The Florida Legislature and governor have enacted requirements for all communities to adopt and enforce standard building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and other specialty trade codes. Cities, towns and counties in Florida have little discretion when it comes to permitting and licensing requirements. The Building Official, inspectors, and plans examiners are all licensed through the state.
Why would my contractor ask me to pull a permit for the work that he will be doing?
A contractor may request the owner to obtain a permit if he does not have a license that will allow him to pull permits. It is for your protection to hire only licensed contractors. The Code Enforcement Officer works through a coordinated effort with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to identify and eliminate unlicensed activity. You can verify a contractor’s license and learn more about unlicensed activity by contacting the Code Enforcement Officer or at DBPR: Unlicensed Activity.
Do I need a permit to put up a sign?
Yes, Chapter 156, of the Town Code, requires a permit for most signs placed in Longboat Key.
How can I contact the Code Enforcement Officer?
If you have questions about code enforcement or sign permits, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 941-383-3738.
How do I get a sign permit and how much does it cost?
Sign permits are issued at the Planning, Zoning and Building Department. A Sign Permit application can be obtained by contacting the Planning, Zoning and Building Department or downloaded from this website. The fee for a Sign Permit is $15.00.
I was issued a “Notice of Violation”, but I did not take corrective action by the deadline. What can happen?
If the violation is not corrected within the time specified by the Code Enforcement Officer, or if it is a reoccurring violation, the case will be forwarded to the Code Enforcement Board. The Code Enforcement Board can levy fines up to $250.00 per day for each day the violation exists or up to $500.00 per day if the violation is a repeat violation as per Florida Statute Chapter 162.
What do I do if I notice that my neighbor’s grass is not being cut or the property is not being properly maintained?
Contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 941-361-6411 extension 277 and it will be investigated.
What happens if I put a sign up without a Sign Permit?
If a sign is placed without an approved Sign Permit, the sign will be removed and fines could be assessed.
Why are signs removed from the right-of-way?
It is a violation of the Town Code to place a sign in the right-of-way, as they may obstruct visibility of drivers. The right-of-way is typically the area from the road to the utility line. Along Gulf of Mexico Drive the grassy area between the sidewalk and the road is considered the right-of-way.
Can I arrange to have my utility payment automatically deducted from my bank account?
Yes. The Town of Longboat Key will automatically transfer your payment from your checking account. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient. Visit the Utility Billing page for information. If you have any questions, please call us at 941-316-8700.
Can I get a credit on my water/sewer when I fill my pool?
Credit is given by the Town for sewer charges, when filling a swimming pool, once every three years. Contact the Finance Department, 316-8700 for details.
Can I pay my property taxes on Longboat Key?
No, the property taxes are generated from the county in which your property resides. For questions regarding property taxes you can contact the following tax collectors:
How can I change the address where my bills are sent?
You can fill out a change of address form at the post office so that the bill will be forwarded, or you can have the address changed by the Finance Department by calling, faxing, mailing or dropping us a note in the drop box.
How do I establish or discontinue service when I purchase or sell a home?
Contact the Finance Department at 941-316-1999 ext. 1415 at least 3 days prior to the closing. Be sure to have the service address and account number (if you know it) handy when you call.
What are the millage rates on Longboat Key?
You can go to the Tax Information page on this website for the current millage rates.
What other utility companies would I need to contact if I am moving to or from Longboat Key?
We have provided this list for your convenience.
Florida Power & Light
Verizon (formerly GTE)
TECO People's Gas Company
When is my utility bill due?
Utility bills are due when rendered. To avoid becoming delinquent, the Finance Department must receive the payment by the last day of the month following the “service to” date on the bill. Once an account becomes delinquent, a penalty of 10% will be assessed on the next month’s bill. If the account is not paid in full by the 15th of the month it is subject to being shut off.
Where can I pay my water bill?
You may pay in person at 501 Bay Isles Rd, or mail a check to Town of Longboat Key, P.O. Box 1355, Bradenton, FL 34206-1355, or use the drop box in the median on Bay Isles Road between SunTrust Bank and Town Hall.
Who do I contact for water billing discrepancies?
Contact the Finance Department at 941-316-1999 ext. 1415.
How can I get a copy of a fire or rescue report?
Place your request in writing, if possible, and send to the attention of the Records Custodian at our administrative address listed above.Medical reports, by law, are confidential records and cannot be released without express written consent of the patient or by a court subpoena. Requests for medical reports, therefore, must include an executed patient release form.
I was sent a bill for ambulance transport. Who do I call to notify of my insurance information or ask questions about this bill?
To provide your insurance information, contact the Town of Longboat Key Finance Department at 941-316-1999 and ask for ambulance billing.
Where and when can I get my blood pressure checked?
Blood pressure screening is available at either the North or South Fire stations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. daily.
Where do I call to get CPR classes?
Contact the CPR Coordinator, Jorge Alvarez at 941-773-5792 for CPR training information.
Who do I call about a fire extinguisher that doesn’t work or needs to be inspected?
Check the Yellow Pages under Fire Extinguishers. Small extinguishers for household use (5 pounds or less) are not rechargeable and can be purchased at any major retail store.
Why does a fire truck respond with a rescue (ambulance)?
Many times it is because of the need for additional manpower.
Can I send you a resume to keep on file for a position that best suits my qualifications in the future?
Please note that we only accept applications and resumes for positions which are currently available. Applications and resumes will not be considered and will not be retained for positions not currently available. You can view which jobs are currently open with the town by going to our Jobs page.
Animals are prohibited on the beach, at beach accesses, bay accesses and public parks except for Joan M. Durante Park. (See Chapter 92 of the Town Code) Animals must be on a leash within Joan M. Durante Park and owners are responsible for picking up after their animals. Dogipot bags are available at the park for this purpose if you forgot to bring a bag or container with you.
Can I fish in the Park?
Fishing is permitted in our parks unless otherwise posted. All park rules and regulations apply. Fishing, salt water and fresh water, is regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Can I make a memorial donation to the Town such as a bench or tree to be placed or planted in a public park or beach?
The Town of Longboat Key no longer accepts memorial donations of benches or trees due to the cost of future maintenance and perpetual care. The Town does not wish to dishonor a memorial for a loved one by not being able to maintain the donation in the condition in which you may feel it deserves.
What are the flying insects hovering over the sand in the park?
Sand Wasps - not dangerous to be around and not a threat to people.
The large and small bee-like insects hovering and flying around the playground and along the trail are sand wasps. they are nesting in the sand around the margins of the playground. Unlike nesting honeybees, yellow jackets and hornets, they are not dangerous to be around and are not a threat to people. They do not aggressively defend their nests. In fact, one can walk through a nesting area without being threatened. Female sand wasps have dug individual burrows with cells in which they are laying eggs and provision with flies of other insects to feed their young larvae. They are considered to be beneficial because they capture flies, especially horse and deer flies as well as muscoid flies, a group which also include house flies. They have chosen the playground because of its sandy soil. However, because they like sandy habitats, many of them live together. Adult sand wasps are such agile and rapid fliers, it would be difficult to touch one. Control of these wasps is not necessary as female wasps are not aggressive. Males, which cannot sting, sometimes hover around people to declare their territory.
What is "beach wrack"?
"Beach Wrack" refers to the piles of seaweed, terrestrial plants, and animal remains that wash ashore and are found in the tideline. Large clumps of wrack are found on our beaches after storms. This wrack is mainly composed of marine algae, or seaweed, which comes from offshore kelp beds.
What is the Erosion Control Tax on my tax bill?
In 2011 Longboat Key voters approved a bond referendum authorizing borrowing and repayment of $16 million for beach nourishment. Eighty percent (80%) of the voters approved the ballot question. The Town did not assess the voter approved tax to repay the $16 million until 2014. Now we are undertaking several beach projects with the approved funds and funds from Tourist Development Taxes and State of Florida grants.
Within the next two years we expect to complete dredging of New Pass and Longboat Pass and placement of the dredged material on Longboat Key beaches. We also expect to place sand in the central part of the Town via truck hauling. In the next two to three years we expect to expend about $20 million on beach nourishment and stabilization projects. The increase in the Erosion Control tax is to repay the voter approved debt associated with borrowing $16 million for beach projects described above. The bonds will be paid off on or before 2021.
Planning & Zoning
Does the Town of Longboat Key have a “light and air” ordinance?
<>Similar to other communities, the Town Zoning Code has light and air regulations, known as the Daylight Plane Ordinance (Ordinance 97-09). The intent of the ordinance, adopted in 1997, is to preserve and protect existing residential structures through the regulation of scale, bulk and relationship to the adjacent environment of future development, and maintaining an appropriate balance within the scale of the buildings. Basically, it calls for greater building setbacks on the upper floors of buildings, which provides more light and air for adjacent buildings.
Can I trim the mangroves located water ward of my property?
The Department of Environmental Protection of the State of Florida (813-744-6100) regulates the trimming of mangroves. Trimming of this vital resource is strictly regulated and it is recommended that you contact the State to determine if any proposed trimming would require a State permit or would be allowed under the exemption criteria. Monetary fines and wetland restoration can result from the trimming of mangroves in excess of State requirements.
How can I determine what my property is zoned?
The Town has an adopted zoning designation map, as well as an adopted future land use map. The zoning of a parcel can be determined through the utilization of these maps or consultation with a member of the zoning staff. Reliance on the zoning information provided by an entity other than the Town of Longboat Key is not advised, as the information may not be up-to-date or accurate.
What happens if a non-conforming land use is damaged or destroyed by a Hurricane or other natural disaster?
Should a non-conforming land use be damaged or destroyed by any form of natural disaster, the Town Zoning Code (Section 158.139) permits the reconstruction of the structure and re-establishment of the land use so long as the development complies with all of the regulations of the town’s ordinances to the greatest extent possible. Previous non-conformities shall be brought into conformance with the town code to the extent that they do not create an unnecessary and undue hardship by significantly changing the pre-existing nature and/or character of the development. The extent of the non-conformities cannot be increased.
What if I cannot comply with a Zoning Code requirement? Can I request a variance?
A variance can be requested for a departure from the dimensional or numerical requirements of the Zoning Code. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is the Town Commission appointed board that reviews variance requests. The Board must determine whether: the variance request is not be contrary to the public interest; the variance request is due to conditions peculiar to the property; variance request is not the result of the actions of the applicant; and, a literal enforcement of the chapter would result in unnecessary and undue hardship. A variance is authorized only for height, area, and size of structure or size of yards and open spaces, to the extent that such variance is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
What is a non-conforming land use or structure?
As a community that was incorporated in 1955, the Zoning Code and property zoning has gone through a series of changes in the past five decades. As a result, many structures and uses of land do not comply with the current land development regulations. Consequently, these structures and land uses are considered to be non-conforming. These legally non-conforming land uses or structures can be maintained and repaired but not expanded. Section 158.138, of the Zoning Code, outlines the regulations that govern such non-conformities.
What is the difference between a Zoning Exception and Building Permit?
In 2004, Ordinance 04-12 was adopted exempting “minor work”, as determined by the Building Official, from requiring a building permit. However, due to zoning compliance issues, at-grade driveways, walkways, decks and patios, as well as fences and some walls, which do not require a building permit, shall be reviewed and approved by the Zoning Department through the Zoning Exception process (Zoning Exception Application), for compliance with the Zoning Code. A survey is typically required to verify that code requirements are met. The Zoning Exception review and approval process is typically less lengthy than the traditional building permit process. There is also no fee associated with a Zoning Exception.
What is the maximum allowable height of a single-family residential structure?
Section 158.145, of the Zoning Code, restricts the maximum allowable height of a single-family structure to two (2)-stories and 30-feet, as measure from the minimum habitable floor elevation as established by law to the highest point of any portion of the building (Section 158.006), with a few exceptions found in Section 158.153 (B), of the Zoning Code.
What is the maximum allowable residential and tourism density permitted in the Town?
The Town does not differentiate between residential and tourism density. In both cases, the maximum allowable density is six (6)-units per acre. There are numerous legally non-conforming developments in the Town that exceed the current allowable density. These grandfathered developments are permitted to maintain the existing density until the property is redeveloped.
What kind of business can I open in the Town?
The type of business that you can open in the Town depends on the zoning district in which your property is located. Land within the Town is classified into one of 21 different zoning districts (4 of which are commercial oriented zoning districts), each allowing a variety of land uses and having its own character and development standards. To determine allowed uses for your property or other zoning assistance, call (941) 316-1966.
When am I required to obtain a Tree Permit from the Town for the removal of a tree?
A tree permit (Chapter 98 of the Town Code) is required for the removal of trees on all multi-family, commercial, and vacant single-family properties in the Town. Single-family lots with existing homes are exempt from the ordinance, except for the removal of Mangrove trees. Also, the removal of certain nuisance exotic trees are not required to obtain a permit anywhere in the Town, including Brazilian Peppers, Australian Pines and Carrotwood trees. Chapter 98 lists other nuisance exotic trees that are exempt from permitting and includes a recommended list of trees to plant in the Town.
Who should I contact if I have any other zoning or land development questions?
If you have a question about the zoning and tree codes, or their requirements, please call the Planning, Zoning and Building Department at 941-316-1966. Additionally, the Town Code, including the Subdivision Regulations (Chapter 157), the Zoning Code (Chapter 158), and the Tree Code (Chapter 98) is located on the Town’s Town Charter/Code.
Can I make a police report over the phone?
Reports are not taken over the phone. To make a police report, you must appear at the Police Station or request an officer respond to your location.
We are going on vacation, who should we notify?
Before you leave for vacation, call our main number (941) 316-1201, and tell the dispatcher that you wish to have a vacant house report completed. This information is forwarded to our patrol staff so that extra patrol of the area can be arranged.
When should I call 911?
911 is for emergencies. These types of calls would include life threatening situations where someone’s life is in danger or a crime is occurring and police assistance is needed immediately.
Where can I have my fingerprints taken?
The Police Department provides fingerprinting services free of charge. Appointments must be made in advance. Fingerprints will be done for business or government purposes only, not for immigration.
To schedule an appointment, call (941) 316-1920.
Where can I obtain a copy of a police report?
Copies of police reports are available Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The cost for reports is 15 cents per page when picked up at the Police Department, or reports can be mailed after payment has been received. The cost for mailing is $1.00 per page.
For more information, call the records section at (941) 316-1920.
Where can I pay a traffic citation?
Traffic citations must be paid at the Clerk of the Court for the county in which the citation was issued, either Sarasota or Manatee county. Parking tickets issued in Longboat Key can be paid at Town Hall.
Where can I pay for a parking ticket?
Parking tickets can be paid at Town Hall located at 501 Bay Isles Road in Longboat Key, Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or you may mail your payment in the envelope.
When mailing your payment, please pay by check or money order and include the parking ticket number so that payment can be credited to the correct citation.
Are there dollar limits that govern the purchasing procurement method?
Yes. They are as follows:
A department head, with prior approval of the town manager, may make or authorize others to make procurement of supplies, services or construction items in amounts less than $3,000.00 per vendor, on a routine basis to maintain work flow and services. If the vendor is under contract with the town, the purchase shall be from that vendor, unless extenuating circumstances exist which make it impractical or undesirable to purchase from that vendor. For purchases less than $3,000.00, there shall be no need to obtain quotations. The purchases are to be reviewed quarterly by the financial specialist and the finance department for adherence to competitive and fair purchasing practices.
Prices for purchases between $3,000.00 and $10,000.00 shall be submitted in writing from the vendor or firm submitting the quotation. Purchases estimated to cost between $10,000.01 and $34,999.99 will be written and submitted by the vendor or firm quoting. Where oral quotations are received, rather than written quotations, documentation of reasons for infeasibility of written quotations shall be noted and authorized by the financial specialist prior to the purchase. Every effort will be made to obtain a minimum of three (3) or more quotations for purchases estimated between $3,000.00 and $10,000.00. Every effort will be made to obtain a minimum of six (6) or more quotations for purchases estimated between $10,000.01 and $34,999.99 for goods, supplies, material and equipment; and $10,000.01 to $100,000.00 for public works projects. Any purchase that is anticipated to exceed $35,000.00, except as allowed for public works projects, shall be posted on an electronic notification service. The town manager shall further notify the town commission of any public works projects anticipated to exceed $35,000.00 procured under this subsection.
Does the Procurement department act as the central ordering point for all Town Departments?
Yes. The Procurement department is responsible for recommending and administering purchasing policies, programs, and procedures for the acquisition of materials, equipment, supplies, services and construction projects for the Town.
Does the Town Procurement department maintain bidder's lists?
The Town of Longboat Key has elected not to maintain its own bidders list for notifications of Request for Bid (RFB) Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Qualification (RFQ) solicitations. In its place, the Town elected to use DemandStar (a bidder notification service) to notify and maintain a comprehensive automated vendor list. The list categorizes each vendor by commodity codes for the specific goods or services which they have selected. Businesses who have subscribed to the vendor list are notified by fax or e-mail whenever a RFB, RFP, or RFQ, has been issued for the commodity offered by the vendor.
Is it okay for Town Departments to purchase without bidding or quoting?
Yes. The Town can take advantage any State bid contract, or any local public entity bid contract if the contract has been competitively bid with a current award period and the successful contractor is willing to extend to us the same prices, terms and conditions as the original contract. All orders $2,999.99 or more will be forwarded to Procurement for review prior to the purchase.
How do I dispose of large items such as rugs or white goods such as water heaters?
Contact Waste Management (the Town’s franchise hauler), 941-753-7591, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., to make arrangements for a special pickup of large items. Fees may apply.
How do I dispose of my Christmas tree?
Place trees at curbside for normal yard waste pickup on Wednesday. Please remove all ornaments, icicles or stands.
How do I dispose of my E-Scrap such as old TVs and computer parts?
Longboat Key residents may safely dispose of electronic components for free at a special collection center at the county landfill on the third Saturday of each month from 9AM to 3PM. You may wish to call for other collection options, hours of operation or directions. Call the Manatee County Lena Road Landfill at (941) 748-5543 or the Sarasota County Landfill (941)861-5000.
How do I dispose of my fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps (lightbulbs)?
Fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps or light bulbs contain mercury which is a hazardous material. Please collect your fluorescent and HID lamps for the annual household hazardous waste collection, or take them to the County landfill in Manatee County (941) 798-6761 or in Sarasota County (941) 861-5000. Call ahead for hours of operation and directions or get more information in the Public Works Department. For more recycling information, Earth911.
How do I get a new water meter?
New water meters are installed for a variety of purposes. For new construction contact Planning, Zoning and Building, 941-316-1966. For all other types, contact Utilities, 941-316-1958, Ext. 2216, or the Finance Department, 941-316-1999, Ext. 1415.
How do I prepare my waste for pickup?
Household garbage is collected on Monday and Thursday throughout the Key. Containers are provided by the Town’s franchise hauler. There are three sizes of the green containers available: 30, 64 and 96 gallons. Plastic bags may also be placed curbside but cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each. Corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed curbside alongside your garbage. If you should move, the garbage can should remain at the residence.
Recyclables are collected on Monday only. Place recyclables in your single stream cart. A new single stream blue cart will be delivered to you beginning November 3, 2014 and your old dual stream red and blue bins will be recycled. Please use your single stream cart as soon as it arrives. Do not place your recyclables in the green household garbage cart, or in paper bags, plastic bags or cardboard boxes. See Waste Management's list of which items to recycle brochure and the Town's recycle page. If you move, the recycling cart should remain at the residence.
Yard waste is collected on Wednesday only. Put yard waste in reusable cans (not your green or blue carts) or securely tied bags. The cans should be no larger than 32 gallons and yard waste should not stick out over the top of the can. When it’s more practical to bundle, tie the yard waste securely. Cans, bundles or bags must weigh less than 40 pounds, bundles must be 4’ long or less, and 16” or less in diameter. If you have an excessive amount or larger pieces of yard waste, please call Waste Management at (941) 753-7591 to arrange for a special pickup.
Garbage, recyclables and yard waste must not be commingled. All items must be curbside by 7:00 AM. If your pickup is missed, please call the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988 as soon as you are aware of the missed pickup oar Waste Management at (941) 753-7591.
How do I read my water meter?
Introducing your water meter. Further information can be obtained directly from the Water Division by calling (941) 316-1958, Extension 2216.
The term "E-Scrap" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. Many components in electronic equipment contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. While in use these hazardous materials do not present a problem, but when they are discarded they pose an environmental threat Common electronic products include:
Computer cables, connectors and mice
DVD players/ recorders
Computer game hardware
Monitors and terminals
Personal audio systems
Items NOT accepted include toasters, vacuums, mixers/blenders.
What is the COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CONTROL LINE (CCCL) program?
The COASTAL CONTRUCTION CONTROL LINE (CCCL) program defines the jurisdictional area of a State regulatory/permitting program established by Chapter 161.053, F.S., and administered through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). By statute the CCCL is intended to define the zone of significant shoreline fluctuation expected from a 100-year return period hurricane and is located at varying distance from the mean high water line (MHWL) based on the results of a county-by-county technical evaluation (e.g., surveys and modeling study). The first CCCL was established on Longboat Key by FDEP in about 1974-75 (done in two parts because of the separate counties). The lines were updated based on new data and modeling and re-recorded in 1987. The update had the effect of moving the CCCL substantially landward from the original location.
What is the EROSION CONTROL LINE (ECL)?
The EROSION CONTROL LINE (ECL) is provided for by Chapter 161, Florida Statutes (F.S.). An ECL may be established along a section of sandy shoreline by the State through the Division of State Lands, following a formal Mean High Water Line (MHWL) survey, a technical review by Department staff and an Administrative Hearing. The ECL has the effect of replacing and permanently "fixing" the location of the otherwise fluctuating MHWL and becomes the new line that distinguishes between private upland ownership and public or sovereign ownership. An ECL is typically established immediately prior to a beach restoration project because the effect of the fill project would be to artificially relocate the natural MHWL; it may also be associated with beach placement of sand dredged for maintenance from an inlet channel. There is an established ECL on Longboat Key extending continuously from the north side of North Shore Road to the groin adjacent to New Pass at Sands Point.
What makes a substance hazardous?
A substance is hazardous if it is TOXIC, directly or indirectly poisons living things; IGNITABLE, capable of catching fire; REACTIVE, capable of participating in a chemical interaction or transformation; CARCINOGENIC, capable of causing cancer. Improper disposal of hazardous products can cause a fire or release toxic fumes, pose a health risk for collectors or contaminate the water supply and the environment.
Alkaline batteries can still be tossed into your household solid waste for curbside collection. All other batteries should be recycled at an appropriate recycling location or with your annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection materials. Batteries are accepted at the Manatee County Landfill and Sarasota County Landfill on the third Saturday of the month or you can find local stores that accept batteries for recycling.
Who do I call if my garbage, recycling, or yard waste is not picked up?
Contact Waste Management, the Town's franchise hauler at (941) 753-7591, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If Waste Management is not responsive, contact the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988.
Who do I contact about a pothole in my street?
Contact the Streets, Facilities, Parks and Recreation Manager at (941) 361-6411, Ext 2212, or the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988.
Local nuisance wildlife trapper contact information can be found on the Florida Wildlife Commission website.
Who do I contact if a storm drain is blocked?
Contact the Streets, Facilities, Parks and Recreation Manager at (941) 361-6411, Ext 2212, or the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988.
Can I obtain an absentee ballot?
Yes. If you are unable to go to the polls on election day and wish to vote by absentee ballot, you may call the Supervisor of Elections Office in Manatee County at (941) 741-3823 or the Sarasota County at (941) 861-8600 for full information on voting by absentee ballot. You may also request an absentee ballot on-line at the following site:
Do I need a Business Tax Receipt if I use my residential property as rental property?
Yes. Advertising for rent or renting any real property for residential purposes requires an owner to obtain a Business Tax Receipt prior to offering the property for rent.
Do I need a Business Tax Receipt to operate a business within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Longboat Key?
Yes. It is unlawful for any person to conduct any business,profession or occupation upon which is levied a Business Tax Receipt without paying such tax to the Town.
How do I become a registered voter?
To become a registered voter you must complete a FloridaVoter Registration Application. This application is available at Town Hall located at, 501 Bay Isles Road, or by visiting the Supervisors of Elections Office in Manatee County or Sarasota County.
When are the Longboat Key Preliminary and General Elections Held?
The Longboat Key Town Commission consists of seven members elected for 2-year terms. Districts 1, 3, and 5 and one At-Large District seat are elected in even numbered years. Districts 2 and 4 and one At-Large District seat are elected in odd numbered years.
When there are more than two qualified candidates for an elective office on the Town Commission, the Town Charter requires that a preliminary election be held on the last Tuesday of January. The names of the first and second candidates who received the highest number of votes casts for that particular Commission office are then placed on the ballot for that office in the general election.
The general election will be held on the 3rd Tuesday in March, or, when practicable, in conjunction with any Manatee County or Sarasota County election held in March.
When do the polls open and where are the Longboat Key precincts located?
The polls officially open at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM.
Precinct 201 is located at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Rd (Voters residing in Sarasota County portion of Longboat Key)
Precinct 95 is located at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Voters residing in Manatee County portion of Longboat Key)
*Your voter ID card shows your precinct number and location.