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Florida’s beach warning flag program uses flags in four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each color. The beach flags provide general warnings about overall surf conditions and do not specifcally advise the public of the presence of rip currents.
Look out for the lifeguard board that will generally indicate the presence of rip currents and general beach & water conditions.
Fires of any kind or size are NOT allowed on or in Palm Beach County beaches and parks. This includes the beaches in Jupiter. This activity is restricted under Palm Beach County Ordinance 2004-022, Section 6.
Parking is free at any of Jupiter's parks. Including free roadside parking along the S A1A corridor. Click here to see a map of the free parking around the Jupiter Beaches.
The Palm Beach County Health Department publishes results on the beaches every other week while the Loxahatchee River District publishes results every week for the quality of the water at Jupiter beaches and parks.
To view the latest beach report visit here.
To view the latest Loxahatchee River reports visit here.
Jupiter is home to one of the last friendly dog beaches around. Dogs are allowed on the beach between dune walkovers 26-57, or approximately between Ocean Cay Park and Carlin Park. Click here to see a map of Jupiter’s dog beach. There are several rules dog owners must follow when bringing their four-legged friend to the beach.
Become a volunteer for Friends of Jupiter Beach. Friends of Jupiter Beach is a 501 (c)(3) community organization whose goal is to support and maintain environmentally healthy, clean, and dog-friendly beaches in Jupiter, Florida.
Lodging (camping, living or staying for a long period of time) is not allowed on the beach or in recreational areas between the hours of 12am and 6am.
All of Jupiter's beach pavilions (except for Carlin Park Civic Center) are maintained through Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. To rent or inquire about a pavilion please contact the County by visiting their website or calling (561) 966-6611
The Jupiter Civic Center, at the northeast end of Carlin Park, is a great place to host your next wedding, reception, birthday party, picnics, family reunions and memorial services. To learn how to book the civic center please visit the civic center web page.
"The beaches are raked within the guarded swimming areas of the County parks where most beach goers tend to congregate. We prefer to leave as much of the coastline as possible in its natural state. The organic material washed up on our beaches provides habitat for animals living along the shore and fertilizer for dune plants.
The next time you are out on the beach, watch the shore birds and ghost crabs feeding along the weed line. Note how the weeds tend to get buried by wind-blown sand up by the dune line and see how the dune plants spread out to meet the enriched soil."
-Daniel Bates, Program Supervisor for PBC Environmental Enhancement and Restoration Division
When is official sea turtle nesting season?March 1st through October 31st in Palm Beach County.
What types of sea turtles nest on Juno and Jupiter Beach?Leatherbacks, loggerheads and greens. However, one may see Kemps Ridley and Hawksbill turtles swimming off our coast, but they rarely nest on our local beaches.
Are turtle nests protected on the beach?They are protected by State and Federal law. However, only a fraction of the total number of nests on our beach are marked in any fashion. The vast majority are left to incubate naturally, without further protection.
Do beach goers harm turtle nests?No, sea turtles bury their nests deep enough to be unaffected by routine beach activity.
How many eggs are there per nest?There are approximately 100 eggs per nest, with an average 60 day incubation period.
What happens to the sea turtle eggs if they are exposed?If the eggs are not hatched, rotation and exposure to the elements often cause the eggs to stop developing. Beach erosion commonly exposes turtle nests, which is an unfortunate but natural process.Why do we have to turn lights off along the beach for the turtles?Adult females avoid lighted beaches for nesting, and emerging hatchlings often become disoriented by beachfront lighting as they try to reach the ocean.
To learn more about South Florida's sea turtles or to volunteer/donate visit Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Sea lice - also known as beach lice or Sunbather's Eruption - are the larvae of thimble jellysh. They are generally found in warmer waters, such as those in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, and are most active between April and August. They are tiny specks, no smaller than a grain of pepper, and are almost invisible. “Sea Lice”
Where are they?
Sea lice have been reported reported in Palm Beach County and northern Broward County where the Gulf Stream pushes warm water closer to shore. They can also be found in brackish warm water such as the Loxahatchee River.
What happens if you get bit by sea lice?
Generally, sea lice bites occur when the tiny baby jellysh get caught between a swimmers' skin and their bathing suit, other clothes or even in their hair. If that happens, they will sting, though swimmers usually don't know they've been bitten right away. The itching from the sea lice usually doesn't start for four to six hours after leaving the water when people break out in an acne-like rash in the areas covered by their bathing suits or in crevices such as their armpit. The symptoms generally last two to four days but can last as long as two weeks. The rash can go away on its own or, in some cases, require more intensive medical treatment.
How to avoid sea lice bites
First, always check Lifeguard ag postings. That's a sign that there's dangerous marine life in the water and it's best to stay away. Health officials say swimmers should avoid wearing T-shirts; protection from the sun can be achieved with sunscreen. Beachgoers are advised to change out of their bathing suits as soon as possible and then take a freshwater shower. You should also wash your bathing suit with detergent and dry it under high heat to kill any of the jellysh. Don't take a freshwater shower with your bathing suit on though, as this will cause the stinging cells in the fabric to re and release more venom. Some health officials advise wearing a waterproof moisturizer, such as zinc oxide, or layers of petroleum jelly to block the stings. According to the Florida Department of Public Health, there is some evidence that using a topical sunscreen or suntan lotion could actually protect your skin from penetration by the sea lice. There are also commercial products that advertise they can prevent sea lice or jellysh stings.
And if you're stung by sea lice?
Florida Department of Health recommends treating the rash with an antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream, as well as bathing in colloidal oatmeal and applying calamine lotion to reduce the rash and itchiness. If prolonged seek advice from a medical professional.
Jellyfish are common in Florida, but they are not everywhere all of the time. These creatures range in size from tiny to several feet in diameter, with tentacles hanging below. While most jellyfish do not sting, Florida has several species that can sting.
Contact with tentacles (even those that have broken off) can cause red, raised streaky welts that can last from 1-2 weeks and cause severe pain, tingling, itching, and even nausea and headache. Do not touch jellyfish that have washed up on the beach; even dead jellies can sting! The best advice is to look but don't touch.
The black, thick deposits that we often see on the beach and floating on the ocean is a natural seepage from the ocean bottom called "tar". Tar, or "rock oil," is a type of petroleum. It has been around for thousands of years and has many uses. According to petroleum geologists, natural seeps can benefit the environment since oil is a natural organic substance and is food to some types of organisms.
Tar is only found in certain types of rocks, like shale, sandstone and limestone. Most of these rocks are located on the bottom of the ocean. These rocks are called porous rocks because they have many small holes in them. Porous rocks will "seep out" petroleum when there is movement in the earth or shifting of ocean floor sediments. Since petroleum is lighter than water, it rises to the top of the ocean where currents, tides and wind carry it to shore. Geologists believe tar seeps have been leaking natural tar into the environment for thousands of years.
When the value of the work is valued at $2501.00 or above we require a certified, recorded copy of the Notice of Commencement. If the contract is for repairing or replacing a heating or air conditioning system, and the value exceeds $7,499.00 we require a certified, recorded Notice of Commencement.
All of our building plans are electronic. Enter your address and search our Online Records or fill out a Records Request Form for additional assistance.
See the Permit Fee Schedule.
You can look for your roof information from the Building Department by searching our Online Records.
Yes. See the Windows and Doors.
You can pay fees on line with a credit card on the Jupiter Community Development System.
See the checklist that pertains to the proposed work and apply online here.
Your address was sampled at random from a list of all addresses from the post office within the Town boundaries. This is a standard service offered by the post office. It is not a city government file and no household member is named in the file.
The current resident of the property - whether owner or tenant - should complete the survey.
We have randomly selected households within our jurisdiction to receive the survey. We like to choose in an unbiased way a person within each household to complete the survey. This way we ensure the results are representative of our community as a whole. While it may seem a bit strange, using the “birthday method” is a simple way to select an adult from within each household without permitting bias in our results.
We would prefer that you complete the survey. The “birthday method” described in the survey cover letter creates the most representative sample of our jurisdiction. You’ll be surprised at how much you can contribute!
Yes, the government is here to serve all residents, and it is important to us that we get feedback from a complete cross-section of our residents.
No, please don’t fill it out again. Because responses are anonymous, we don’t know who already completed a survey. Since we only want one response from each person, those who already sent in a survey should not return another one. The second copy is distributed as a reminder to all people selected to be sent a survey. Thank you for completing the first survey.
The sample for the mailed survey was designed to be as representative as possible of the population of our city, and households were selected randomly. For those who did not receive a mailed survey but would like to provide input, an online survey will be available after December 27th on our website.
The Town of Jupiter uses the results of the citizen survey to assess its performance in a variety of areas. It also uses the results to identify areas of opportunity, and to develop new initiatives for its annual update of the strategic plan. Because the survey allows the Town to benchmark itself against other cities and towns in Florida and across the nation, it's a useful tool in determining how well the Town does in delivering the services that contribute to the community's overall well-being and quality of life. Over time, the Town is also able to compare year-to-year results to see if trends are improving, and to adjust its strategies where trends may be showing a decline in satisfaction. To view past year's results, visit the citizen survey webpage.
We want to compare the demographic profile of those responding to the demographic profile of the municipality as presented by the Census. In order to be able to do this we asked our race and ethnicity question the same way the Census does. The census designates Hispanic as an ethnicity, not a race.
If you received a paper copy of the survey in the mail, we prefer that you complete that version of the survey and return it to the survey company in the provided envelope. This method helps us to maintain the integrity of our survey process. If you did not receive a paper copy in the mail, you may still participate by filling out a survey online. The link to the online survey will be available after December 27th on our citizen survey webpage.
In SeasonNovember - April$490 + Tax = ($521.85)
Off SeasonMay - October$390 + Tax = ($415.35)
The facility will be open every Wednesday from 12:30 -1:30 PM with the exception of holidays and camp usage days in the summer. Due to staff & scheduling issues we are not able to coordinate private showings of the Civic Center. You may visit the facility during the normal viewing hours or you may try to visit the facility during a rental but it is at the discretion of the renter to allow you into the facility while their event is taking place.
The Town of Jupiter does not rent any picnic pavilions. All picnic pavilion rentals are handled through Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department, (561) 966-6611.
As of 2021, only incorporated Jupiter residents can rent the Jupiter Civic Center. Click here for further details.
Call the Code Compliance office at (561) 741-2477.
Contact the Engineering Department at (561) 741-2467.
For building permits, contact the Building Department at (561) 741-2286.For sign permits, special event permits, and vegetation removal permits, contact Planning & Zoning at (561) 741-2323.For land alteration permits, contact Engineering at (561) 741-2467.
Contact the Public Works Department at 561-748-2730.
On an as-needed basis in the Town Hall Council Chambers. For more information please call 561-746-5134.
As the area continues to redevelop and activity continues to increase, the Town is also giving thoughtful consideration to the issue of policing. The Town anticipates using a combination of sworn officers, non-sworn public safety staff and technology to enhance its ability to address public safety and quality of life issues, and will be working in the next few months to formalize these programs and strategies. Coverage in the Inlet Village district will be slowly increased during the upcoming 2013/2014 season, then be fully implemented the following season (2014/2015).
Please check the individual committee agenda pages here for cancellation information.
As the situation evolves, please check back for updates to these cancellations and announcements. Additionally, follow the Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TownofJupiter for updates and information.
Right now, the recommended procedure for any individual that believes he or she is at risk is to first call your primary physician. Based on your exposure and symptoms, they will advise you on the best course of action, and help you find how and where to get tested if symptoms and circumstances warrant.
Testing is available locally at various locations – the criteria for testing are different at each location. For more information visit Jupiter Testing site, Palm Beach County Testing Sites and Martin County Testing Sites.
No. Although many consumers are choosing to stock up on bottled water, that is not an indication that the water supply is or will be affected; that is simply their choice. Jupiter’s water supply will continue to be provided at the high level of quality that it always has.
All possible precautions are being taken to protect the health of our customers as well as our employees. Relative to our product, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has noted that the COVID virus has not been detected in drinking water. Additionally, the Jupiter Water System utilizes advanced water treatment technologies and disinfection processes which are highly effective in the removal and inactivation of viruses such as COVID-19.
Please visit the Jupiter Recreation Camps Page for the latest information in camp availability.
At this time, the Town has not initiated a curfew. If a curfew is announced, the Town will post the information on its website, social media sites, and through its email system. Sign up for email notifications here, or follow the Town on Facebook.
In doing business with the Town or at Town facilities, residents and customers are encouraged to limit non-essential contact by:
Effective Monday, May 18th, Town Hall and the Police Department lobbies are open for in-person business. In-person business should be limited to critical needs only, and customers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time. You may contact Town officials and Town staff by email and telephone using the searchable staff directory on our website.
Customers are encouraged to use online services as much as possible. The following actions can be performed online:
Fingerprinting services are unavailable at the Police Department until further notice.
The Town Community Center remains closed.
Please visit the parks webpage for additional information and rules.
Jupiter public schools are part of the Palm Beach County School District (PBCSD), and their website (https://www.palmbeachschools.org/) will contain the latest information. In addition, PBCSD has been providing updates on social media at https://www.facebook.com/PBCSD/. Each individual school also maintains a website and social media site. Search on the District’s website for your child’s school. If your child attends private school, they are also likely to be providing updates on their websites and social media sites.
For a listing of Jupiter area public and private school contact information and websites, visit page 19 of the Town’s New Resident Guide here.
The Town maintains a Help & Assistance Programs webpage with a listing of area programs. For questions on available assistance, residents may also call Neighborhood Services at 561-741-2524.
Beaches have been reopened as of May 18, 2020.
Boat ramps and marinas have been reopened as of April 29th with some rules and regulations.
On Wednesday, June 24, Palm Beach County issued an Emergency Order requiring face masks to be worn in public places within the County. The Emergency Order became effective today, June 25. For a detailed summary containing guidance on where masks are required and a list of exemptions, click here. In keeping with the Executive Order, masks are now required at all Town of Jupiter Government public lobby and meeting areas.
In general, the Town will add supplemental (additional) lighting in areas of the Town that have FPL overheadpower service or existing FPL street lights. An additional light would be considered at a busy intersection, driveway or crosswalk. The intent of the supplemental lighting is not to install lighting on an area wide or neighborhood basis.
Call the FPL CARE CENTER at 561-697-8000, or contact the Engineering Division at 561-741-2467. To access FPL Care Center directly follow this link.
The beautiful and historic site at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse makes for a wedding that is both unique and memorable. The intimate setting and the proximity to the iconic lighthouse provide the bride and groom and their guests a rare wedding experience. Please visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum for further details.
The Town of Jupiter has three municipal facilities available to the community for rent. The Community Center, Civic Center and Old Town Hall are very unique venues each with it’s own individual amenities, policies and fees. Please feel free to visit the Facility Rentals webpage for specific details.
On March 1, 2022, the Town’s solid waste and recycling collection rates were adjusted to reflect new residential rates from Waste Management.
Residents will see the increase reflected in their March utility bill statement. March bills will be prorated with the number of days in the billing cycle from the previous February bill date through February 28 at the previous rate and from March 1 to the current date in March billed at the new rate. The April bill will reflect a full month of the increased rate. Please call 561-741-2467 with any questions you may have.
Visit Waste Collection Fees Page for further information.
Hazardous Waste Information
Palm Beach County “Operation Pill Drop” has several drop-off sites listed here:
The Clerk and Comptroller for Palm Beach County issues marriage licenses.
The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser handles homestead exemptions.
visit their website.
File a declaration of domicile with the
The Palm Beach County Library system's Jupiter branch is located at 705 Military Trail. Contact the Jupiter branch at (561) 744-2301 or visit their website
Visit Palm Beach County School District for information on school boundaries and the documentation required to register. Call the School District at 561-434-8000 or
Information Systems is the computer department, which supports the internal IT systems for the Town of Jupiter.
No. You will need to direct your call to the primary number (561) 746-5134, or you can visit our website at; Town of Jupiter Website
No. You will have to take your computer to a quaified computer dealer or call tech support for your operating software to trouble shoot your computer. The Town's computer department does NOT perform that service to the public.
You can correspond with our webmaster by emailing Town of Jupiter Webmaster
No. The computer department can repair internal equipment owned by the Town of Jupiter but cannot trouble shoot nor repair computers owned by our citizens.
Bids, RFP's and quotes will be listed on-line with the Town of Jupiter website at www.jupiter.fl.us under "Bids for Town Projects". When you click on the link, you will have choices to click on. Please choose the appropriate choice for RFP's and etc.
No. It is the policy for the Town of Jupiter to purchase Original Equipment Manufactured (OEM) products to lower our maintenance and repair costs that we have encountered in the past, with remanufactured products.
No. You will have to go onsite and download the information to learn about available bids. Be sure to attend any mandatory meetings, and you can ask questions then. Answers to the questions will be posted with the bid. The "Cone of Silence" will be in process and procedures are in place that prevents discussion of the active bid.
We recommend that you make an appointment in advance to assure contact with an I. S. employee. Otherwise, you may not be able to visit if they are otherwise engaged and will be unavailable.
Our bids and quotes are online and can be downloaded from the Demandstar website. If you are having trouble downloading, you can contact their help number for assistance (posted on their website).
No. The Town of Jupiter I.S. Department will NOT accept any toner cartridge that we did not request through a purchase order or other through other means.
The I. S. Department does not provide surveys over the telephone, as it is too time consuming. If this is a request you absolutely need, you can make an inquiry through the Town Clerks office. Please understand there is a cost involved for information gathered from the many departments that carry computer and printer equipment that you might inquire about.
Please visit our website at http://www.jupiter.fl.us and click on "Contact Us". You can review the phone book for the Town of Jupiter, here.
No. The computer department will not make recommendations. This purchase must be done by your own research based on cost and quality that best matches your needs.
It depends on whether you live in a neighborhood with a development approval or not. Most formal developments and subdivisions in Town have a development approval which includes an approved Site Plan and Landscape Plan of record on file with the Town. Most of these neighborhoods have a Homeowners Association (HOA), which should be able to answer your question. However, when in doubt, please contact Natural Resources.
ANSWER (a): If you live in a neighborhood with a development approval and a HOA, and the trees or vegetation are located on your lot of residence, you do not need Town approval, only HOA approval. However, there is an exception to this: if the tree in question is a street tree (usually located within the green space between the sidewalk and edge of road) or is a tree or vegetation on a common area, then Town approval is required. In these cases, the HOA should apply to the Town for a Vegetation Removal Permit.
ANSWER (b): If you do not live in a neighborhood with a development approval or a HOA - these are older neighborhoods (see list below), often referred to as "charter" neighborhoods - you do not need Town approval to remove trees or vegetation if they are located on a developed lot. These older neighborhoods are exempt, because at the time of development, there were no requirements for a minimum amount of preserved native vegetation or landscaping. If the lot in question is undeveloped, or is not zoned Residential, please contact Natural Resources.
The older neighborhoods are: Pine Gardens North, Pine Gardens South, East View Manor, Jupiter River Estates, Penn Park, Brentwood North, Brentwood South, Riverside Drive Park, Olympus, North Palm Beach Heights, and most streets north/south of Center Street.
Removal of mangroves is not permitted by the Town - the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection oversees mangrove protection. Requests for a permit to trim or remove mangroves should be directed to the DEP. The Southeast District office contact number is 561-681-6600.
Trimming of mangroves is regulated by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Contact the Southeast District office at 561-681-6600 to determine if the trimming should be conducted by a Professional Mangrove Trimmer. The DEP maintains a list of PMTs.
Town policy does not allow us to recommend any companies. We do recommend that for any tree trimming, you choose an ISA Certified Arborist to ensure proper pruning techniques are followed. The ISA maintains a database of arborists, which you can search by zip code.
Please visit Palm Beach County Business Registration they can help research and verify any business registered with the county.
The Public Works Department maintains the medians and can answer questions on this topic. 561-748-2730
This is a private and civil matter between property owners. Please discuss this with your neighbor.
Please contact the Public Works Department at 561-748-2730.
Please contact Code Compliance at 561-741-2477.
These properties require a Vegetation Removal permit for Commercial, Multi-family and Industrial. If modifying landscaping - say a few plant switch outs with other plants, then a zoning determination letter requesting the changes. If they are doing a significant amount of change in the landscaping, they will need to submit a new landscape plan with a site plan amendment fee and a letter of request. Contact Planning & Zoning at 741-2323.
Yes, a Permit Application for Vegetation Removal is required in order to identify and verify the exotic and/or prohibited plants to be removed as well as identify and protect any native trees and vegetation that should remain.
The sections of beachfront that are owned by the Town are trimmed according to the terms and limitations of an approved State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit. The DEP regulates the protection of beach dunes and beach dune vegetation as well as trimming of beach dune vegetation. The trimming work is coordinated through the Public Works Department 561-741-2730. One of the guiding factors of the Town’s seagrape trimming permit is the sea turtle nesting season, where trimming is limited during the season in order to allow the seagrapes to grow and shield the beach from nearby artificial light sources. Adult and hatchling sea turtles rely on the dark backdrop of the beach dunes and vegetation to point them towards the open ocean, which is brighter due to the reflection of moonlight. Artificial light can be very dangerous to sea turtles because the artificial light competes with the natural moonlight on which they rely for orientation. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has more information about the disorientation of sea turtles caused by artificial lighting.
Artificial lights on the beach such as from flashlights, and lighting from nearby developments, can be very dangerous for sea turtles. Lighting and sea turtle protection is regulated by the Environmental Resources Management division of Palm Beach County. Please visit their website or call 561-233-2400 to learn more about this topic including permitting requirements, sea turtle facts, and how to find sites to go on an approved sea turtle walk with a licensed guide. One of the guiding factors of the Town’s seagrape trimming permit is the sea turtle nesting season, where trimming is limited during the season in order to allow the seagrapes to grow and shield the beach from nearby artificial light sources.
Yes. A Building Permit is required, and is reviewed by multiple departments, including Building, Engineering, Planning and Zoning, and the Natural Resources division of Planning and Zoning. Docks and boatlifts must comply with all code provisions in the Marine Facilities section of Chapter 27 of the Jupiter Town Code. This section of Code describes the items that are required to submit an application, setback distances specific to each zoning district, as well as shape, size, and design requirements. All applications must include authorizations from all other applicable entities such as Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, and Homeowner’s Association. Please contact Planning and Zoning at 561-741-2323 with questions.
Yes, but the location of the seawall is dependent on if the property has an existing seawall that meets the definition of a Bulkhead in Town Code or if the existing shoreline stabilization on the property meets the definition of a Revetment in Town Code. If the property does not have an existing seawall as defined by Town Code, other options are available such as a riprap or an upland retaining wall. All options require permitting with the Town. Prior to submitting a permit application, the Town recommends having a pre-application meeting with Natural Resources and Planning staff. Staff are able to help determine if the existing shoreline stabilization meets the definition of a bulkhead or revetment, and will provide the replacement options available as determined by Code. All applications must include authorizations from all other applicable entities such as Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, and Homeowner’s Association. Please contact Planning and Zoning at 561-741-2323 with questions.
The South Florida Water Management District has a year-round landscape irrigation rule that limits lawn and garden watering. Details on what days and times are appropriate to water are available on their website. SFWMD can also be reached by phone at 561-686-8800.
Please call the Planning and Zoning counter at 561-741-2323 or email the Planning & Zoning department.
An overlay district adds to the provisions of the applicable underlying zoning district. Overlay districts typically apply to a specific corridor or region and ensure that the unique needs of such a corridor or region are met. The Town of Jupiter has one such overlay district: The Indiantown Road Overlay Zoning District (IOZ). Refer to the Town of Jupiter Zoning Map for information about the Indiantown Road Overlay Zoning District (IOZ).
The standards for the evaluation of legal hardship are:
1. That special conditions and circumstances exist which are peculiar to the land, structure, or building which is the subject of the variance application and which are not applicable to other lands, structures or buildings in the same zoning district.2.That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant.3.That literal interpretation of the provisions of these land development regulations would deprive the applicant of the rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same zoning district, under the terms of these regulations, and would work unnecessary and undue hardships on the applicant.4. That the variance granted is the minimum variance that will make possible the use of the land, building or structure5. That the grant of the variance is not contrary to the town's comprehensive plan6. That the grant of the variance will be in harmony with the general intent and purpose of these land development regulations7. That the grant of the variance will not be injurious to the area involved or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare. You may download and print the application for a variance in the resources page. It is advisable that you speak with a planner to go over the submission of the variance application.
Please contact the Planning and Zoning Counter at 741-2323 to connect you with the Planning Tech on call service. Varience Application.
You may call the building counter at 741-2286 or visit the Building Department webpage and request research for site plans and surveys that are public record. The time and fees are variable to the request and workload of the Research and Records department of the Building Division, please allow them time to get your request completed. If you wish to see proposed or approved site plans that have not been built yet, visit the Planning and Zoning Counter.
You may split your property into two or more parcels assuming that all parcels meet minimum lot dimensions based on the zoning designation of the property. A table of the lot dimensions will be provided in the resources page. The splitting of your property requires an application to the Engineering Division. For more information on this process, call the Engineering Division at 741-2372. Site plan approval may also be required. Contact the Planning and Zoning Department for more information.
The Comprehensive Plan is a long term blueprint for future growth of the Town. It summarizes relevant information such as population projections, the pattern of existing development, suitability of land for development, the capacity of public facilities to serve future development, and the financial capacity of the Town to make improvements to those facilities. It establishes official Town policies toward land use and growth. It includes the Future Land Use Map (FLUM), which regulates the general type of land use that is allowed (ie: C.R.I.: Commercial, Residential or Industrial, etc.) and the maximum density (living units per acre) or intensity (square feet of building area) allowed for those uses. The State of Florida requires all counties and municipalities to adopt a comprehensive plan. All land use decisions made by the Town must be in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan must consist of the following Elements, or chapters: Future Land Use, Transportation, Infrastructure (water, wastewater, drainage, etc), Recreation and Open Space, Conservation, Coastal Management, Housing, Intergovernmental Coordination, and Capital Improvements. Every seven years the Comprehensive Plan is evaluated and usually rewritten to update the blueprint for the NEXT seven years. The next Comprehensive Plan evaluation will be in 2022. The Five Year Community Investment Progam (or CIP) is updated annually.
Police Reports can be requested through our Records Section.
The Jupiter Police Department offers fingerprinting services to the general public on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Jupiter Police Department.
If you are required to submit your fingerprints electronically, visit the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office .
Visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders and Pedators website.
An injunction for protection is a court order and is sometimes referred to as a Restraining Order. It directs a person not to have contact with you. There are four different types of injunctions: Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence and Sexual Violence. There is no filing fee for these types of injunctions. You can file a petition for injunction at any courthouse.
Traffic Crash Reports can be requested through our Records Section.
Within 30 days of receiving the ticket, you must notify the Palm Beach County Clerk's office with written notice of how you intend to take care of your citation. Failure to do so will result in the suspension of your driver's license. You can opt to either pay the fee, attend traffic school or appeal the ticket by requesting a hearing. All of these options are explained in detail on the Clerk's website.
If you have been notified that we have found property that belongs to you or you have had property seized (other than a vehicle), please call our Evidence & Property Department at 561-741-2251 to schedule an appointment to retrieve your property. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday between 7:00am and 3:30pm. Vehicles forfeited during an arrest are subject to an administrative process in which a decision will be made to either return the vehicle (for an administrative fee) or to keep the vehicle through a forfeiture process. Information regarding the administrative process and decisions is sent, via certified mail, to the address on record of the vehicle's registered owner. If you have been notified that a vehicle has been authorized for return to you, an appointment is necessary and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday between 7:00am and 3:30pm by contacting the Evidence & Property Department at 561-741-2251.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation have put together an easy to follow brochure containing guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on their age and size. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.
You can check to see if your child safety restraint is the subject of a manufacturer's recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects 'Defects and Recalls' website. Child Seat Law
The Jupiter Police Department has personnel who are certified in child safety seat installation. You can make an appointment to have your child safety seat installed at the Police Department by calling 561-741-2412 and leaving a message with your name and telephone number. Someone will call you back to schedule your installation appointment. Installations must be completed by certified personnel and walk-ins are not recommended due to the availability of the installers. Certified personnel at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 16 install child safety seats on the first Wednesday of every month. You can make an appointment by calling them at 561-616-7033. Station 16 is located at 3550 Military Trail, Jupiter. They are just north of the intersection of Frederick Small Road on the west side of Military Trail. If you cannot afford a car seat, the Jupiter Police Department may be able to provide one for you. Please call the car seat installation number, 561-741-2412, and leave a message with your name and telephone number and someone will call you back to discuss your eligibility. We do not provide temporary car seats for people who may have children visiting them. You can check to see if your child safety seat is the subject of a manufacturer's recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects website.
Each passenger under the age of 18 must be restrained by a safety belt or a child restraint device.Any front seat passenger over the age of 18 must be restrained by a safety belt.
Some exceptions to wearing a seat belt include persons having medical conditions certified by a physician, newspaper home delivery persons while in the course of their home delivery routes, solid waste or recyclable collection service employees while on a collection route, persons traveling in the living quarters of a recreational vehicle, persons traveling in the space within a truck body that is intended to contain merchandise or property, persons operating motor vehicles not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law. Safety Belt Law
Unincorporated Jupiter - a permit may be required for a burglar alarm and can be obtained through the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Additional Alarm Information
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement provides a public access system,The Florida Crime Information Center, where you can conduct searches of wanted persons, missing persons, stolen vehicles and parts, stolen license plates and decals, stolen boats and parts, stolen guns and other stolen property. Public Access System
We can provide you with an "Official Letter of Good Conduct" if you present a photo ID showing a Town of Jupiter address or a photo ID and some other proof that you have been a resident of the Town of Jupiter for at least six months. You may obtain this document by coming into our Records Section, located inside the Police Department lobby, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (except holidays) between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm. We can process a name check for you and provide you with a printout of the results, minus anything that is not part of public records. You may obtain this printout by coming into our Records Section, located inside the Police Department lobby, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (except holidays) between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Justice Information Services, is the central repository for criminal history information for the state of Florida. They provide public access to this information when requested. They have prepared a Fact & FAQ sheet to assist with their services.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Consumer Services provides information about Florida's Landlord/Tenant Law. Landlord and tenant actions (evictions) can be filed through the Palm Beach County Civil Court.
Driver Licenses are issued by the Florida D.H.S.M.V. Division of Driver Licenses. Their website can help you locate a Driver License office near you. If you have a valid out-of-state license, you may be able to convert your license without taking a written or road test. However, you will be required to pass the vision and hearing tests. Florida law states that you must update your license to reflect your current address within 10 days of moving. You can change the address on your license at a driver license office or by completing a 'Change of Address' form and submitting it in the mail. You can add Emergency Contact Information to your driver's license by entering it online. The information you add can be accessed by law enforcement personnel in order to contact family and/or loved ones in the event of an emergency.
The Florida D.H.S.M.V. website provides information regarding motor vehicle and vessel registrations, tags and titles. In the state of Florida, a vehicle must be registered within ten days of the owner establishing residency, becoming employed or placing their children in public school.
You can enter the title number or the VIN of a vehicle registered in Florida on the Florida D.H.S.M.V. website and obtain vehicle information. The 'Vehicle Information Check' provides information including the year and make of the vehicle and the title status.
Buying or selling a vehicle? The Florida D.H.S.M.V. website has forms that may be useful to you and safety tips that may assist you in the transaction.
You can check to see if your vehicle subject to any manufacturer recalls by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects 'Defects and Recalls' website. The Florida D.H.S.M.V. website
You can apply for a passport at the Palm Beach County Courthouses located in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade. Passport applications are not accepted at the Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach.
You can apply for a passport at many post offices around the country. In Palm Beach County, passport applications are accepted, by appointment, at the post offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach. U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Social Security Administration
The Florida Division of Elections website provides information regarding eligibility to vote, application forms and information about updating your voter's registration card.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issues licenses, permits and certifications for activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. The FWC website will help you find license and permit information and how to apply.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has developed a program to assist individuals who are concerned that their personal information has been used in an arrest record. Compromised Identity Services can assist with records checks and initiating a claim.
Please see the link below for information regarding manatee protection speed zones.
A quiet zone is a section of a rail line where locomotive horns are not routinely sounded. Jurisdiction of Quiet Zones falls under the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). A quiet zone removes the requirement for the routine blowing of train horns, although the conductor always has the option to blow horns at their discretion. To learn more about FRA's rules and requirements for quiet zones, visit their website.
In order to establish a quiet zone, local governments or other agencies must show that the lack of the horn does not pose a significant safety risk. Some of the ways in which local governments may accomplish this include safety measures such as gates, medians, and other channelization devices.
Brightline, also known as "All Aboard Florida" (AAF), is a proposal by Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) to provide passenger rail service between South Florida and Central Florida, potentially expanding to Tampa and Jacksonville. The proposal would connect South and Central Florida by utilizing 195 miles of an existing rail corridor (some freight) located along the eastern portion of the state (see construction plans on Brightline's site here). Local governments along the corridor - such as Jupiter - have been working with regional planning councils, elected officials and each other to understand all of the impacts of the proposal. In addition, Jupiter is advocating that, if the proposal moves forward, it should only do so in a form that prioritizes public safety and quality of life issues. Read more about what the Town Council has published regarding Brightline's plans.
Currently the Town is working with the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) to plan for quiet zones in Jupiter. Brightline – the company that has recently established high-speed passenger rail from Miami to West Palm Beach and has plans to continue north to Orlando – is currently installing safety measures in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach at select intersections. Once the safety measures are complete, those communities may apply for quiet zones. If Brightline proceeds with phase 2 of their project to bring passenger rail north from West Palm Beach to Orlando, they will consider installing safety measures that may enable quiet zones. At this point, the timing of that project is unknown.
If the plans for Brightline are delayed or changed, the Town could evaluate the cost of implementing safety measures and quiet zones. The Town Council has prioritized a thorough and comprehensive review of Quiet Zones in their 2019 Strategic Plan, so that they may evaluate all available alternatives and associated costs in late 2018 or early 2019. With this approach, it is the Town’s hope that Brightline’s plans will become clearer and the Town Council will be positioned to make decisions with all available information.
You will see this terminology throughout the Recreation Division's publications and website. The determination of residential status will, in most cases, determine when you register and how much you will pay for activities. Incorporated Jupiter residents will have first chance at registering for programs/activities and will pay less than a non-resident. The reason for this is the incorporated Town of Jupiter resident pays taxes to the Town of Jupiter. A non-resident does not pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. Having children in a Jupiter school or a mailing address that says Jupiter does not make you an incorporated Jupiter resident. It has no bearing on where you live but whether you pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. For example, Jonathan's Landing, which is located in the middle of Jupiter, is considered an unincorporated community because they do not pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. Other areas that are often confused as incorporated Jupiter residents are Jupiter Farms and Tequesta. Ultimately what determines your residential status is if you pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. Another indicator if you pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter is if you have Jupiter Police or PBCSO patrol your neighborhood. PBCSO would be an indication that you are located in an unincorporated area of Jupiter/Palm Beach County. Unincorporated communities will be assessed a user fee of approximately 25% more than incorporated Jupiter residents. In addition, incorporated residents will have first priority to register for most programs and classes.
Incorporated Jupiter residents pay Town of Jupiter taxes. A non-resident does not pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. Having children in a Jupiter school or a mailing address that says Jupiter does not make you an incorporated Jupiter resident. It has no bearing on where you live but whether you pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. For example, Jonathan's Landing, which is located in the middle of Jupiter, is considered an unincorporated community because they do not pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. Other areas that are often confused as incorporated Jupiter residents are Jupiter Farms and Tequesta. Ultimately what determines your residential status is if you pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter. Another indicator if you pay taxes to the Town of Jupiter is if you have Jupiter Police or PBCSO patrol your neighborhood. PBCSO would be an indication that you are located in an unincorporated area of Jupiter/Palm Beach County. Unincorporated communities will be assessed a user fee of approximately 25% more than incorporated Jupiter residents.
The Community Center hours for registration: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM, Saturday, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Sundays, Closed
Yes, payment is expected at the time of registration.
Please visit our online registration webpage to look for currently offered classes.
Yes, many of our events are free (no admission), and many of the activities at the events are free (live music, entertainment, bounce houses, etc.). Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to provide these great family friendly events at little or no cost to residents.
News Channel 5 has a comprehensive list and video which can viewed here.
It is good to have a plan in place before you need it. A good site for pet preparations can viewed here.
Pet Care During a Storm
Visit the Elections Information web page for Town election dates, results and additional election information. Determine your voting location by visiting the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections page.
Register to Vote Here
Agendas and supporting documentation are posted online generally a week before the meeting. Meeting audio is posted online generally the day after the meeting. Meeting minutes are posted online generally the day after they are approved at a Town Council or CRA meeting. Please visit the Agenda and Minutes webpage.
Visit the Boards and Committee webpage to learn more about Town of Jupiter Advisory Boards and Committees.
Bids, RFPs, and RFQs are placed online using Demandstar. You can view Active, Awarded, etc. bids on the Town of Jupiter Bid Page.
At the Town Council Web Page (listed below), you will see a link to e-mail all members of the Town Council. To e-mail an individual member, click on their picture to view their bio page with their contact information. To contact the Town Council (or the Town Manager) by phone, call (561) 741-2214.
Anyone wishing to speak is asked to submit a Comment Card to the Clerk prior to the start of the Council Meeting. Comment Card are available at the meeting in the Council Chamber’s Lobby. Citizen Comments and Public Comments are limited to three (3) minutes.
The Clerk and Comptroller for Palm Beach County retains warranty deeds.
Visit their website for more information.
Permit packages, open and expired permits, and re-roof permits are accessible via the online portal or visit the Building Department Records webpage to submit your records request.
The Office of Vital Statistics in Palm Beach County can now assist in obtaining birth/death certificates for any person who died in the State of Florida from 2009 to the present.
Request to Vote-by-mail here.
Apply for a Florida Driver’s License or ID Card. See Requirements on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) website.
The Town of Jupiter does not require its own BTR but any business in Jupiter is required to obtain a Palm Beach County BTR. Visit the Palm Beach County Tax Collector website for more information.
Visit the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser for more information.
Please create an account on Demandstar.
All Aboard Florida (AAF) is a proposal by Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) to provide passenger rail service between South Florida and Central Florida, potentially expanding to Tampa and Jacksonville.
There are several possibilities
a) Your new bill may have been issued before payment was received,
b) You may not have received your previous bill to be paid, or
c) If you are looking at your account information online, your payment may not have been updated in our system yet. Payments are updated on your account the next day, Monday - Friday. Payments made over the weekend will be updated to your account the following business day.
a.) Adjustments to lawn irrigation systems by property owner or homeowner's association. Customers should monitor the operation of their irrigation systems at least once per month for proper operation.
b.) There could be a "Silent" toilet leak. Silent toilet leaks occur when the tank flapper does not seal properly to the bottom of the tank. The Utility provides free test kits at the payment counter in Town Hall.
c.) Exterior pressure washing may have used more than expected.
d.) Pools with an automatic fill system may be malfunctioning.
e.) Exterior hoses could have been left on by the customer, by workers around the house, or by local children playing in the area.
f.) Backflow Preventers can leak on occasion, causing excessive water use.
You can get that information on your utility bill, or by calling (561) 741-2300, then press '2' for a Customer Service Representative. You must be billed at least one time before you may sign up your account on-line.
Base Facility Charges: Those charges required by the Town to financially support all or a portion of the fixed and non-variable costs of maintaining service facilities for an active consumer, whether any commodity is consumed or not. (Of course our commodity is Water).
The Town is constantly repairing and maintaining the entire water treatment and distribution systems, regardless of whether we produce and sell 10,000,000 gallons of water per day (gpd) or 20,000,000 gpd. The fixed costs of the utility generally include the repair and maintenance of our raw water wells, raw-water transmission mains, the water treatment plant, storage and pumping facilities, potable water transmission lines, distribution lines, hydrants, valves and the water meter. The base charge covers most of these fixed costs plus the costs associated with all the Utility personnel.
Similarly, as a customer or property owner, you have the responsibility to repair and maintain your home and property even if you don't live in it all year. You still have to repair and maintain the parts of your home that need service like painting inside and out, lawn care, irrigation system repair, and repair and replacement of the roof, windows, garage door, hot water heater, air conditioning, kitchen appliances, and any other electrical or plumbing fixtures in the home.
In contrast, the variable costs of the utility are the costs that are directly related to the cost of treating and pumping water to our customers. Costs associated with electrical power, fuel costs, treatment chemical costs, and the remaining portion of our fixed costs not paid by the base charge or other miscellaneous service charges. These variable costs are paid by the consumption or volume charges our customers pay from their monthly water use.
If you have any further questions about of base charges or about our volume charges, please do not hesitate to call us.
Our office hours are: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (561) 741-2300
Location: We are physically located at 210 Military Trail, on the first floor of the 2 story addition, in the rear of the Jupiter Municipal Complex.
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Click here to download "A guide to stains, rings, discoloration and mineral deposits."
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