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City of Lakeland and Polk County impact fees set to change  January 1, 2016.

Polk County’s impact fees have been reinstated following a moratorium, and the City of Lakeland’s have been adjusted as the result of an updated fee study.  While some individual fees will increase, others will actually be reduced, so you should take steps to evaluate the effect of the fee change on any projects you anticipate permitting before or after the New Year.Please note that the cumulative effect of the changes is not an across the board increase.  We have prepared a series of example fee calculations for single-family, multi-family, 8,000 square foot restaurant, and 150,000 square foot warehouse projects so you can compare the current cumulative impact fees with those that will become effective January 1stClick here to review the examples.

In order for current (pre-2016) fees to apply to a particular project, applications and complete approvable plans (Site and Construction) must be submitted on or before December 31, 2015, and the permit(s) for which the applications and plans are submitted must be issued within 180 days.

For more information you may wish to explore our full web page on impact fees (click here), or, to discuss your specific project(s), please contact the Community Development Department at (863) 834-6011.


#ClickItOrTicket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave Going On NOW - Buckle Up

The LakelandPD is joining with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from November 17 thru November 30, 2015 at midnight.

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt. The fine is $114.00.

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.

Hancock Street Sidewalk

City of Lakeland crews will be constructing a new sidewalk along the South side of Hancock Street from Lincoln Ave to New York Ave. New sidewalk will also be constructed on the East side of Lincoln Ave from Hancock Street to Park Street. Every effort will be made to alleviate inconveniences however temporary delays can be expected. During construction some driveway aprons will need to be reconstructed to meet standards. We will make every effort to make contact with the property owners that will be affected to schedule the best time for the removal and replacement of their driveway aprons. The City of Lakeland appreciates your patience as we work to enhance pedestrian mobility in your neighborhood.


Horney Park Drainage.

For the next several weeks City Crews will be up- grading the storm drain system in Horney Park and along the North side of E. Hibiscus Dr. No major delays are expected although construction equipment and vehicles will cause some congestion.


Cleveland Heights ADA ramp.

Contractors working for City of Lakeland will be repairing and replacing handicap ramps as part of the future resurfacing of Cleveland Heights Bl from E Edgewood to Westover St. Roads will remain open however; lane closures will occur. Work is expected to take 4 weeks to complete.



LAKELAND, FL (November 17, 2015) The City of Lakeland established new hours for Sunday alcohol sales during the Monday, November 16th City Commission Meeting. The new hours for Sunday alcohol sales within the Lakeland City Limits went into effect upon Monday’s vote during the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting.  The newly established Sunday alcohol hours are from 7 a.m.-2 a.m. effective NOW.  

Monday’s vote immediately ends the special consideration for Sundays compared to other days and eliminates the alcohol sales “blue law” based on religious morality.  Before Monday’s City Commission vote, Sunday alcohol sales were reduced to beer and wine only as package sales from 12 p.m. Sunday to 12 a.m. Monday morning. Licensed bars and restaurants could sell mixed drinks as well as beer and wine during the same hours.

Now, alcohol can be sold in Lakeland every day of the week, both packaged liquor and sales for consumption on the premises of a licensed retailer, except between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.  See the ordinance language here: