Business Recovery

Getting Back to Work

As the State of Florida begins to reopen, the City of Kissimmee is committed to helping businesses recover from the hardships caused by the COVID-19 health emergency.

 

Take advantage of these recovery programs and resources as you and your business get back to work. 

"We've Opened Safely" Campaign

 

  • To boost consumer confidence amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, the Osceola Back 2 Work Taskforce launched the “We’ve Opened Safely Campaign” to ensure Osceola County and its cities reopen businesses at its best.

  • Stay Local Osceola is a great resource meant to help Osceola County residents find local restaurants and shops to order from and support. Make sure that your business is listed and has correct operational information to ensure you are listed on this resource. 

Guides & Best Practices

 

Waiver of Building Permit Fees

 

  • The City of Kissimmee is waiving all permitting, plan review, and inspections fees related to Building Permits within City limits started on Friday, May 1 for the next 120 day. Although the building fees are waived, applicants must submit the appropriate paperwork to the City’s Building Department and obtain a permit to start work on all projects.

  • Building permit fees do not waive any required impact fees and Florida State surcharges, which may be associated with a project. All applicants will still be required to pay any mobility fees, Parks & Recreation impact fees, DCA surcharges, and BCAI Radon surcharges. Business Tax Receipts (BTR’s) or business license fees will still be collected for new licenses and the renewal of existing licenses.
     

  • Apply for a permit via

Temporary Waiver of Outdoor Business Activity (Dining & Sales)

  • On May 8, 2020, the City enacted Special Notice 2020-11 allowing restaurants and retail establishments to extend operations outdoors, without requiring a permit or other authorization, during the duration of this program on private property, and may be authorized by the Development Services Department within City rights-of-way (sidewalks), in accordance with the following:

  1. Allowed on private walkways where a minimum of 4 feet clear space for pedestrians is maintained.

  2. Allowed in private parking lots where the location does not conflict with traffic circulation, fire lanes, handicapped parking spaces.

  3. Parking spaces may be used as long as the minimum number of spaces required by City Code for the level of occupancy allowed by executive orders is made available for parking.

  4. Within the public rights-of-way (sidewalks), such outdoor dining and sales shall provide a minimum of 5-ft clearance for pedestrians, shall be located closest to the private property line away from the street curb, and is only authorized for the business directly adjacent to the right-of-way (sidewalk) used.

  5. Tents of less than 120 square feet in area may be placed on private property without a permit. Such tents may be located on a public sidewalk consistent with the location requirements of d. above and must be secured by means that shall not impact any public improvements.

  6. By participating in this program, each business and property owner agrees to release the City from any liability that may arise due to the use of the right-of-way pursuant to this program, and further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City from and against any and all claims, damages, losses and expenses arising out of or resulting from the use of the right-of-way, including any claim of damage or injury from a patron of the business pursuant to this program.

  7. Impact fees normally applicable to the conduct of temporary outdoor business activities shall not be collected for the duration of this program, as interior capacities are limited.

  8. Noise control and any other regulations governing outdoor dining and sales in Section 14-2-65 of the City Code shall remain in effect.

Temporary Waiver of Sign Restrictions

  • Special Notice 2020-11 also suspended the enforcement of requirements for Temporary Signs addressed in Section 14-2-157 for all business establishments seeking to place such signage on private property.
     

  • No temporary signage shall be permitted on public rights-of-way, nor shall the placement of said signage interfere with traffic circulation, sight triangles, pedestrian access, public safety or minimum parking space requirements. No offsite signage shall be permitted under this program.

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