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Please contact the City Clerk's Office at (863) 421-9921.
Requests for public records can be submitted to the City Clerk for processing.
The City Commission meetings are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of each month.
Deeds are filed with the Polk County Clerk of Court. They can be reached at 863-534-4000.
Wills are recorded with the Clerk of Circuit Court Probate Office. They can be reached at 863-534-4478.
The Better Business Bureau is located at:
1600 S Grant StreetLongwood, FL 32750
They can be reached at 800-275-6614.
The price of a cemetery space is $600.00 for a full burial and $120.00 for an infant space.
To find out the phone number and office location of unemployment office in Polk County, please visit the career source website.
Marriage licenses can be obtained at the Polk County Courthouse located at:
3425 Lake Alfred RoadWinter Haven, FL 33881
They can be reached at 863-401-2400.
Birth and death certificates and be obtained from the Polk County Health Department located at:
2020 E Georgia StreetBartow, FL 33830
They can be reached by phone at 863-519-7916. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The City Commission meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers.
The address of City Hall is 620 East Main Street, Haines City, FL. 33844.
The City Commission oversees local policy and budgets and appoints a professional City Manager to oversee all administrative tasks on a day-to-day basis.
First, verify that the Contractor is licensed. Florida Law requires that a General Contractor or Home Improvement Contractor be licensed.
Verify that the Contractor is insured. State Law requires that they carry workers compensation insurance. Ask to see a certificate of insurance. You may also want to ask for references and be sure to check them all out.
Finally make sure all agreements are in writing. Be sure to reduce all change orders, or contract amendments to writing. Make sure the Contractor obtains all required building permits and pass the required code inspections. Before making the final payment be sure to obtain a certificate of completion or certificate of occupancy issued by the Building Division.
You can contact the Development Services Department at (863) 419-3230 with questions regarding your zoning or view the zoning map. Please be sure to have the Polk County Property Appraiser Parcel Number and/or property address for the property.
The Community Redevelopment Agency is a special district created to encourage investment within the district through a series of strategic and timely public investments. For more information, please contact Mark J. Bennett, Deputy Director of Development Services/CRA Manager at (863) 419-3230.
Link to CRA Map
Link to Power Point Presentation
Yes. There is a flood insurance policy for low risk areas. Ask your insurance agent for the Preferred Risk Policy.
The road drainage system or the off road outfall system may need maintenance. The Public Works Department maintains public roads and drainage systems in Haines City. Public Works may be contacted at 863-421-3777.
Please refer to the Haines City Land Development Regulations, Chapter 14 – Flood Protection; the Comprehensive Plan; and the Codes of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter 44, enforced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
A flood event (also known as a base flood) having one percent probability of occurring in any given year. This may also be referred to as the 1% chance flood. In Polk County, the storm may drop about 10.6 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
All insurance companies can write flood insurance policies. Contact the insurance company that writes your homeowners policy.
The Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) provide a basis for determining if a property is within a floodplain. On December 20, 2000, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) adopted the latest flood insurance rate maps for Polk County. Copies of the FIRM panels are available from FEMA, at 800-358-9616 or the Map Service Center. The flood maps are also available at area libraries, the East Polk Board of Realtors and the Polk County Builders Association.
Owners of pets are required to remain at the shelter and care for their pets.
Pre-registration is for planning purposes only. Pet owners will be required to complete and sign a Pet Shelter Agreement and complete other shelter registration process upon arrival at a shelter.
Pet Shelters are primarily for pet owners who live in mobile or manufactured housing, substandard housing or in an area prone to flooding. Additional public shelters will be available in the County for those without pets. As in any other sheltering situation, residents are advised to consult the local media or Polk County Citizens Information Line 863-401-2234 to ensure a specific shelter is open and operating before proceeding to that facility. Public shelters or pet shelters should be your last option if you must evacuate. Seek out family, friends, church members or others that do not have to evacuate as your first choice.
While we can not guarantee fleas or other parasites will not be passed among pets, pet owners must understand that if a pet becomes unruly, aggressive, shows signs of contagious disease, is infested with parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, etc.) or begins to show signs of stress-related conditions, their pet may be removed to a more remote location in the shelter or removed from the shelter.
Alta Vista Elementary:801 Scenic HighwayHaines City, FL 33844
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division will manage the pet shelters and have Animal Control officers present. Pets must remain inside an airline approved carrier at all times while inside the shelter buildings. Pet owners acknowledge that any decision concerning the care and welfare of pets and the shelter population as a whole are within the sole discretion of the shelter staff, whose decisions are final. Failure to follow these rules may result in the removal of a pet from the shelter.
Dogs, cats, and birds are allowed in the shelters. No reptiles, exotic animals, pot belly pigs or farm animals.
All pets must be in an airline approved carrier. Proof of all required vaccinations, food, a leash, a collar and supplies for proper waste disposal must be brought to the shelter.
Many citizens of Polk County live in mobile or manufactured housing, substandard housing, or in a flood prone area and must evacuate during a hurricane. Often these citizens have pets that are considered as part of the family and refuse to move to a safer location without taking their pets. Pet shelters offer a safer place for people not just pets.
Pets must remain inside an airline approved carrier at all times while inside the shelter buildings. Only the owners will be able to walk the pets outside or handle the animals.
The address of the Lake Eva Event Center is 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, FL 33844.
Set-up time is included in the hours that you have reserved the facility for. If you need to add additional hours to your reservation, please contact the Event Coordinator.
Set-up is available beginning at 6:00 AM.
Break-down time is included in the hours that you have reserved the facility for. We recommend one (1) hour for break-down. If you need to add additional hours to your reservation, please contact the Event Coordinator.
Staff attendants will be schedule and present for the duration of your event to assist with quality an sanitary control.
The following items are included in the cost of the venue rental: 72" round tables, 6' rectangle tables, high-top tables, and banquet chairs.
We do not allow decor to be tacked to the walls. Additionally, no open fires, dry ice, or smoke/fog machines are permitted.
Yes, we provide A/V equipment and our staff are tech-ready.
The sound at the Lake Eva Event Center is set-up mainly for conferences and meetings We recommend hiring a band or DJ with their own audio equipment.
Yes, the Event Center is Wi-Fi ready for all guests.
There are two parking lots available for guests, and all parking is available free of charge.
Police officer fees are not included in the rental fee. If officers are required at your event, you will be notified and invoiced separately.
Neither the City of Haines City, the Haines City Parks and Recreation Department, nor the Lake Eva Event Center holds a liquor license.
If you are requesting to have alcohol at your event, you will be required to complete a City of Haines City alcohol permit request and pay a $10.00 non-refundable permit fee. Requests are approved on a case by case basis.
No, we do not. You will need to hire a bartender or staff an individual that is at least 21 years of age, and carries the required liability insurance.
Yes, licensed food trucks are allowed on the premises, but will have to submit their certificate of liability insurance prior to your event.
No, there are no hidden fees of that nature.
We understand that unfortunate situations can occur. Please contact the vent Coordinator to discuss available options.
Included with the rental fee are: tables, chairs, and layout set-up.
Pay your utility bill, check your account status, and review your account history.Online Bill Pay Login
Mail Payments To:City of Haines CityAttn: Utility Billing620 East Main StreetHaines City, FL 33844-4222
Payments may be made in-person during normal business hours (8 am-5 pm, Monday – Friday) at City Hall located at 620 East Main Street, Haines City, Florida 33844.
Drop your payments into the drop box on the left side of the City Hall double doors facing the library. Make sure to write your account number on your payment.
By PhoneCall (844) 399-6188 to make your Utility payment by phone via credit card.
You can download the Debit Authorization Form or contact customer service at (863) 421-3600 for more information.
An official fire report can be obtained at:
Haines City Fire Department138 N 11th StreetHaines City, FL, 33844
or a request may be e-mailed to HGorsline@HainesCity.com
There are two fire stations, a main station along with a substation.
138 N 11th StreetHaines City, FL 33844
503 Nilsen Rd
Haines City, FL 33844
Yes, we welcome visitors at anytime during business hours.
Unfortunately, the Haines City Fire Department does not refill fire extinguishers. It is recommended that you contact a commercial fire extinguisher company for recharging. A listing of commercial fire extinguisher companies can be found in the local phone directory under fire extinguishers/equipment. Many household fire extinguishers cannot be recharged and must be discarded after use. An annual inspection of the expiration date is encouraged to ensure that the manufacturer date has not expired.
No, we are unable to dispose of any medical needles properly. You would need to take them to the nearest health department.
If you are wanting to burn, please contact the fire department.at 863-421-3611. Our fire inspector will come to your location to do an inspection of what you are burning along with placement of burn pile. If everything is up to code he will then issue a burn permit.
As of right now, the fire department does not offer CPR classes. Our Parks & Recreation Department does offer them throughout the year. Feel free to contact them at 863-421-3700.
Buy a smoke alarm at any hardware or discount store. It’s inexpensive protection for you and your family. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. A working smoke alarm can double your chances of survival. Test it monthly, keep it free of dust and replace the battery every 6 months. Smoke alarms themselves should be replaced after ten years of service, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
The smoke alarm will chirp when it’s time to replace the battery. We encourage residents to change the smoke alarm battery when they change their clocks for daylight saving time in the spring and fall each year.
Our Firefighters work 24 hours and then have 48 off.
The Commanding Officer assigns fire station duties to the crew for that day. Duties include:
Firefighters also participate in community events and in-service training activities. The in-service training involves classroom instruction and hands-on training at the fire station and/or the Department Training Academy.
Emergency incidents may interrupt assigned duties, such as emergency and non-emergency incidents, which includes but are not limited to:
Firefighters are permitted to rest and sleep during their 24-hour tour of duty after 5 p.m.
The Haines City Fire Department has seven positions within the department.
City Hall is located at:
620 E Main StreetHaines City, FL 33844
City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., excluding holidays.
You can get your Florida driver’s license and/or Florida identification cards from the Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County, from Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. However, if you are needing a Commercial Driver License, the cut-off time is 3:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. for regular Driver License. North Ridge Service Center located at:2000 Deer Creek Commerce LaneDavenport, FL 33837
Please visit the Office of the Tax Collector Website for Service Center wait times and additional information. They can be reached at 863-534-4700
They can be reached at 863-534-4700.
Application for employment must be made on the City's official application form. Resumes by themselves do not satisfy this requirement. Please provide as much detail about your work history as possible and attach additional sheets as necessary. Applications are only accepted for job vacancies that are posted. Applications may be completed via an electronic form and emailed to our department.
Applications are available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:
City Hall620 E Main StreetHaines City, FL 33844
Applications may be mailed to:
City of Haines CityAttn: Human Resources620 E Main StreetHaines City, FL 33844
Note: If submitting an application by mail, your application must be postmarked by the posting deadline.
Yes, a separate application form must be completed for each position.
If your qualifications and experience meet the position requirements, Human Resources will identify you as a potential candidate and forward your application to the hiring manager. The time frame varies and depends on the position and number of applicants. If selected for an interview, you would typically be contacted 2 to 3 weeks after the closing date of the position.
Applicants with a criminal record are evaluated on a case by case basis. Be honest and forthright concerning your background on the application form and during the interview. A conviction will not necessarily bar you from employment, but will be weighed with respect to time, circumstances, seriousness, and the position for which you have applied.
You can email Human Resources or call 863-421-9926.
The Haines City Public Library is open the following dates and hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The library is located at:
111 N 6th StreetHaines City, Florida 33844
Bring proof of your current street address in Polk County and fill out an application form. There is no charge for a library card as long as you live in Polk County.
An initial library card is free to all residents Polk County. Proof of residency is required. Duplicate cards will incur a fee of $1.00.
Government issued photo identification with a Polk County address or government issued identification and proof of Polk County residency (current utility bill, bank statement, lease agreement)
We offer faxing, copying, scanning and notary services.
$1.00 per page (outgoing)
.50 cents (incoming)
Black and white .15 cents
Color .50 cents
Scanning .25 per page
HCPL does not limit the amount of books checked out by our patrons.
Yes. The library provides free public access to computers. A Polk County library card or valid identification is required in order to use our computers. Patrons with an account balance of $10.00 or more will not be able to use any of the free library services including the computers.
Yes. Printing services are available at a cost of 15¢ for black and white copies and 50¢ for color copies.
The Haines City Public Library currently accepts cash only.
The Lake Eva Community Center hours of operation are Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
*note the hours are subject to change due to holidays and special events.
The Oakland Neighborhood Center hours of operation are Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. The Oakland Gymnasium is open Saturday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, for open gym basketball.
*note the hours are subject to change due to holidays and special events.
799 Johns Ave., Haines City FL, 33844
555 Ledwith Ave., Haines City, FL 33844
915 Ave E, Haines City, FL 33844
Coolers are allowed at our events. However, no outside alcohol is permitted.
Parking is available in any of our open public parking lots, as well along the roadways. Please be sure to adhere to all parking and no parking signs.
Setting off fireworks and lighting sparklers are not permitted within the park.
We do provide limited sitting at majority of our events. However we encourage people to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
The Haines City Police Department is located at 35400 US Highway 27, Haines City, FL 33844
The Supreme Court has ruled that a Law Enforcement Officer maintains control of the driver and passengers. If the officer instructs you to remain seated in your vehicle, or instructs you to exit your vehicle, those are lawful commands and must be followed or an arrest may be effected.
We offer fingerprinting services at the Police Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5.pm. (excluding holidays). The cost for inked fingerprints is $5 per card.
Crash reports are not usually emailed due to the nature of the incident, but can be purchased online from Lexis/Nexis Crash Reports
A CERTIFIED local records check can be obtained at the Police Department for $1.00.
Vehicle VIN verifications can be obtained at the Police Department for $5.00.
No monies are accepted at this location for any type of citation. Traffic Citations can be paid at the nearest Polk County Clerk’s office and Red Light Camera Tickets can be mailed or paid online.
A worthless check affidavit can be picked up at the Records Department with complete instructions.
If you have questions regarding your case, you may call the Criminal Investigations Division at 863-421-3636 with your case number to find out the status of your investigation. A detective will be assigned to your case, and that detective will also contact you to inquire if you have additional information to add to your report or to follow up with additional questions regarding your investigation.
All lost and found items that are turned in to the Police Department are stored in our Evidence Section. You can contact our Evidence Technician at 863-421-3636 x2251 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you think we may have your lost item.
The Code Compliance Unit ensures compliance with the City’s codes and ordinances relating to housing, overgrowth, open storage/care of premises, zoning, disabled/abandoned vehicles, minimum maintenance for commercial structures, signage and other City ordinances and codes. Violators are provided time to correct violations and administrative hearings are scheduled for those that are not corrected. The Unit’s Code Compliance Officers are responsible for different areas/districts of the City.
Before the deadline expires, call and speak with the Code Compliance Officer. Based on circumstances and your good faith effort, the deadline may be extended.
If the person in charge of the property has been cited for a violation and has made no effort to comply with the ordinance, the case will be presented to the City’s Code Enforcement Special Magistrate. A possible $250.00 daily fine may be imposed along with administrative cost may be assessed to the property owner for non-compliance and a lien will be recorded in public records against the property and all other properties that the owner of record owns.
If your vehicle cannot be legally operated on the road because of a cracked or missing windshield, broken lights, etc., it is considered inoperative. If the tag is expired and/or the tires are flat, the vehicle is also presumed inoperative. These vehicles must be stored inside a fully enclosed garage or removed from the property.
Citizen Complaint Policy
It is the policy of the Haines City Police Department to investigate all complaints (including anonymous) against the agency and its members and to maintain an Administrative Investigations (AI) function wherein all assigned complaints or cases involving the agency's integrity are thoroughly, expeditiously, and impartially investigated.
The agency’s administrative complaint policy is enumerated in Chapter 52.1 – Administrative Inquiries and Investigations.
How you, as a citizen, can make a complaint:
HCPD Citizens Input Form
By Telephone:Monday through Friday, 8.m. to 5 p.m.:Main Office (863) 421-3636Administrative Investigations (863) 421-3636 ext. 2256 (to leave a message)
In Person:Haines City Police Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By Mail:Haines City Police DepartmentAttn: Administrative Investigations35400 Hwy 27 NorthHaines City, FL 33844
The CALEA acronym stands for Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Household garbage and recyclables are collected once each week. Call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777 for the pickup schedule for your area.
Place all garbage containers for residential service at the curb no earlier than 12 hours prior to 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection. Should your garbage container be missed, call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777.
The containers should be placed on the side, or at the back of the house, or inside of the garage during non-pickup days. Moving the container away from the curb does not exclude you from receiving a penalty. The container cannot be anywhere between the house and the road.
You will receive a green warning ticket on your first offense. If it is your second offense, then you will receive an orange ticket on your door and a $25 fine will be posted on your next utility bill. You will continue to receive a $25 fine for each day the container is left in front of the house.
You will still receive a violation. If the container is anywhere between the house and the road on a day that is not your scheduled pickup day, you will receive a violation. Take the extra minute to move the container to the side of the house or to push it back into the garage.
There are announcements posted in your utility bill or on our website, which posts the holiday schedules. The general rule is that pickup days will move to the following day. For example, if your pickup day is on Monday and the holiday falls on a Monday, then your garbage will be picked up on Tuesday. Then normal Tuesday pickups will occur on Wednesday, normal Wednesday pickups will occur on Thursday, normal Thursday pickups will occur on Friday, and normal Friday pickups will occur on Saturday.
If you just moved into a house that was in the builder’s name, then you can call City Hall 863-421-3600 to open an account and pay the deposit fee. After your account is open then you can call Public Works Department at 863-421-3777 to get a new garbage can and/or recycle bin. If this is a house that had a previous owner, then call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777 to purchase a new garbage container. All recycle bins are free of charge.
An additional garbage can is $20.00 for the first three months then $10.00 for the last two months added on to your utility bill for the next five months after you purchase it, resulting in a total of $80.00 for each additional garbage can.
You have a few choices:
If your garbage can is stolen, you will need to purchase a new one. Call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777 to order a new can.
The City of Haines City has 2 clean up days per year, in spring and fall. This information is sent out in advance either on your utility bill or on the city’s website and social media.
Call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777 to change the service.
If the paint is water based, the can is mostly empty and the paint is completely dried out, then Republic Services will pick them up. If it is oil based paint, then you can dispose of it during the Clean Up Day that includes hazardous waste or take it to the North Central Landfill.
Hazardous waste is picked up once a year, usually in March. However, you can take it to the North Central Landfill anytime during their normal hours of operation.
Call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777 and request them to schedule a pickup. There is no charge for this service.
Tires without the rim can be placed 5 feet from the curb where you normally place your garbage can. Residents are allowed 4 tires each year for disposal. Tire pickup is the third Saturday of each month citywide.
Coolers are allowed at our events. However, no outside alcohol is permitted.
The City currently offers free Wi-Fi inside most of our public City facilities. This includes the following:
The Technology Management Department is looking to add additional free Wi-Fi hot spots at our major parks as funding becomes available.
Utility Services can be turned on/off or transferred by visiting City Hall. Bring a valid photo ID and a copy of closing statement or lease agreement showing your current address. City Hall is located at:620 E Main StreetHaines City, Florida 33844.
Cut-off dates change monthly. The due date is printed on your utility bill each month. You may contact Utility Billing at 863-421-3600 for more information.
Bills are mailed on or before the 15th of each month for Cycle 1 and on or before the 30th of each month for Cycle 2.
Normally, bills are due the 5th for Cycle 1 and the 20th for Cycle 2.
Payments may be mailed, paid in person, placed in the night drop box behind City Hall, paid online, or automatic payment from your bank account.
Please send all utility payments to:City of Haines City620 E Main StreetHaines City, FL 33845
Cash, check, money order, and debit or credit cards with MasterCard or Visa logo (online only).
You can call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777, and report the outage please give as much information as possible (the number on the pole, and/or the address closest to the pole). Or you can call at 800-700-8744 or go online and report it to Duke Energy.
If it is obstructing traffic, or it is a power line pole, or a power line, call the Police Department at 863-421-3636 to ensure the safety of the situation. You can call the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777, please give as much information as possible (number on the pole and/or the address closest to the pole). If this is a power line or power line pole do not go near it, just call the Police Department or Public Works Department. If it is a street light pole and it is not an emergency, please call Duke Energy at 800-700-8744, or notify the Public Works Department 863-421-3777.
Please visit the Water Restrictions page for more information.