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By using the "Submit Your Question or Comment Here" link, you will be submitting a comment or question directly to staff. Either staff or the developer (depending on who is more appropriate for the question) will answer the question. Frequently Asked Questions will be placed in this feed. Additionally, contact information for both the developer’s team and the City project review are located on the main Alta Cypress CAPP page.
Mechanical backflow prevention assemblies have internal seals, springs, and moving parts that are subject to fouling, wear, or fatigue. Also, mechanical backflow preventers and air gaps can be bypassed. Therefore, all backflow prevention assemblies have to be tested periodically to ensure that they are functioning correctly. Mechanical backflow prevention assemblies have to be tested with properly calibrated gauge equipment.
In order to ensure the proper operation of a backflow prevention assembly, it must be tested and certified upon initial installation and at least once a year thereafter by a licensed backflow tester.
A cross-connection is any temporary or permanent connection between a public water system or the customer’s potable water system and any source or system containing non-potable water or other substances.
A backflow prevention assembly is a means or mechanism to prevent backflow. The basic means for preventing backflow is an air gap, which either eliminates a cross-connection or provides a barrier from backflow. The basic mechanism for preventing backflow is a mechanical backflow preventer, which provides a physical barrier to backflow. The principal types of backflow preventers are the reduced-pressure principle assembly, the pressure vacuum breaker assembly, and the double check valve assembly.
Back-siphonage is backflow caused by negative pressure (i.e. vacuum or partial vacuum) in a public water system or customer’s potable water system. The effect is similar to drinking water through a straw. Back-siphonage can occur when there is a stoppage of water supply due to nearby firefighting, a break in a water main, etc.
Backflow refers to the reverse flow of non-potable water, or other substances, through a cross-connection and into the piping of a public water system or customer’s potable water system. Two types of backflow are backpressure backflow and back-siphonage.
Backpressure backflow occurs when the downstream side of the piping system is greater than the supply pressure in a public system or customer’s potable water system. Backpressure can result from an increase in downstream pressure, a reduction in the potable water supply pressure, or a combination of both. Pumps can create increases in downstream pressure; temperature increases in boilers, etc. Reductions in potable water supply pressure occur whenever the amount after being used exceeds the amount of water being supplied, such as during waterline flushing, firefighting, or breaks in the water mains.
These programs safeguard the public drinking water and protect the health of its residents. They do this by helping to ensure that any contaminants that could backflow into the public water supply system are isolated within the internal distribution system. Failure to comply with annual testing could result in the city disconnecting water service until the backflow device is tested.
Yes. Potable water supply to lawn irrigation systems shall be protected against backflow by a pressure-type vacuum breaker, a double-check valve assembly, or a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer – depending on the degree of the site hazard. To obtain an irrigation/backflow permit, please visit the Longwood Portal Page or contact the Public Works Department at 407-263-2382.
Only Licensed testers are authorized to test backflow prevention assemblies. The City of Longwood conducts backflow testing only (no repairs) for a fee of $40. You can also contact a licensed plumber. A list of licensed testers can be found here. Fees can differ depending on the testing company, quantity of backflow prevention assemblies to be tested, number of locations, etc. In general, expect between $50-$200 per assembly.
Email the report to the Backflow Program.
No, the installation, repair, replacement, and/or testing of in-scope testable backflow assemblies must be performed by a licensed contractor. Other un-related plumbing tasks can be performed by a homeowner, but not activities relating to backflow prevention devices.
SEC. 18-2 Hours of Operation, per city code
Excavating, grading and the erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building shall occur between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. NO construction activity except for repairs may be completed on Sundays or city holidays.
The City of Longwood Building Division utilizes the following codes:
2020 Florida Building Code
2017 National Electric Code
2020 Florida Mechanical Code
2020 Florida Plumbing Code
2020 Florida Accessibility Code
2020 Florida Fuel Gas Code
2020 Florida Existing Building Code
2018 Florida Fire Prevention Code
2020 Florida Residential Code
2020 Florida Energy Conservation Code
2018 International Property Maintenance Code
Most people are not aware of the requirements for a building permit, as it applies to repairs, replacement or upgrades to existing systems, or structures. So, do I need a permit? The short answer is; “any owner or owners authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or the change of the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any parts of a structure, or system is required to pull an applicable building permit prior to commencement of work. This requirement is outlined in section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code; which in turn has been locally adopted by the City of Longwood.
Now when it comes to most project, people understand that if they construct a new building, enlarge a building, demolish a building or move a building, they need a permit to do so, but the terms alter, and repair are usually misconstrued. The second misconception is the need for a permit for buildings/ structures other than a dwelling unit or commercial building. In the state of Florida, and adopted and recognized by the City of Longwood, any structure placed, erected, repaired, constructed, altered, repaired, moved or demolished must have a building permit applied for and approved prior to commencing any associated work. This includes, but is not limited to decks, porches, pools, pergolas, sheds, fences, and any electrical, mechanical, gas or plumbing work.
Let’s focus on the two terms alter or repair. To alter a building or structure is to change the existing floor plan, layout or use of a building/ structure. A repair is defined, “to reconstruct or renew of any part of an existing building/ structure for the purpose of its maintenance or to correct damage.” This can be misleading, but in general if you are only replacing a small area, let’s say of your house siding, you would not need a permit to do so. If you need to repair more, than yes a building permit is required. It can be difficult to understand the break between small area and more, but it is always recommended to contact the building division for clarification.
What happens if I do not pull a permit? If a permit is required, then you as the property/ building owner will be held in violation of the Florida Building Code, and the City of Longwood Municipal code, and at minimum a double permit fee will apply. This may only be the start. Depending on what the work was, how much has been done, and where it is located can add further complications to the violation. For instance, if you build a building/ structure in a flood zone, it is possible that you will have to remove it, at your own cost. Secondly, if your work has gone beyond a required inspection, the work will need to be removed in order for the required inspection to be completed, once the permit is issued.
Again, it is recommended to follow these three steps:
To register as a contractor in the City of Longwood please email the below listed information to Building@LongwoodFl.org:
- Copy of current state license
- Copy of current BTR (Business Tax Receipt)
- Copy of current Workers Comp policy or exemption certificate
- Copy of current General Liability Insurance ( The City of Longwood must be listed as the holder)
- If you are a registered contractor you must provide a copy of your current Seminole County Competency card
Please allow 48-72 hours for your registration to be processed.
Although you may live in the City of Longwood with a 32750 zip code, you may still be in Unincorporated Seminole County. This applies to residents in the 32779 zip code as well. The district map attached below shows if you are a Longwood Resident and what district you are in.
Longwood City Hall is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exceptions of certain holidays.
To report an alleged violation, you may use the City's Code Violation Reporting Portal online, or call (407) 260-3465. Please note that the City is prohibited by state law from acting on anonymous complaints and that any information provided to the City is subject to Florida's Public Records laws and can be requested by others - including the owner of the property with the violation.
Code Compliance is a legal process established by Florida State Statutes. Properties are alleged to be in violation. Property owners must be given adequate time to correct the violation and, in some cases, may have to appear before the Special Magistrate at a monthly meeting. This process can take many weeks in some situations. However, most properties come into compliance within a matter of days.
The Noise Ordinance is enforced by the Police Department. Please call the non-emergency number at the Police Department at (407) 665-6650.
No, but the City can issue a violation notice and impose fines and potentially place a lien on the property to help bring the property into compliance.
Single-family dwellings are exempt from tree removal permit requirements. All other types of property are subject to a tree removal permit, and can contact the Planning Division at email@example.com for the application and more information.
Some home occupations are allowed. To preserve the residential character of neighborhoods, home businesses are restricted. There shall be no change in the outside appearance of the building or premises, or other visible evidence of the conduct of such home occupation, including outside storage or accessory buildings, or signage, including signs on mailboxes.. No equipment or process shall be used in such home occupation which creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors, or electrical interference detectable to the normal senses off the lot. For code specifics, see the Longwood Development Code or contact the Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org. A home business also will need a Business Tax Receipt from the City of Longwood.
Open burning is not permitted. Burning restrictions do apply. Please see the
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A form of identification is required, along with $1 cash or check made payable to “City of Longwood.”
The Commission-Manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a commission or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government administrator or manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected commission and where the commission hires a professionally trained administrator to oversee the delivery of public services. In Longwood, a 5 member commission is elected at-large in non-partisan elections. Their terms are for 3 years.
In Commission-Manager government, commission members are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent various segments of the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to citizens' needs and wishes. The Manager is appointed by the Mayor and Commission to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served.
The City Manager is hired to serve the Mayor and Commission and the community and to bring to the local government the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The Manager prepares a budget for the Mayor and Commission's consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the government's staff; serves as the Mayor and Commission's chief adviser; and carries out the Mayor and Commission's policies. The Mayor and Commission and citizens count on the Manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives, and long-term consequences.
The City Manager makes policy recommendations to the Mayor and Commission, but the Mayor and Commission may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The City Manager is bound by whatever action the Mayor and Commission takes.
The City of Longwood welcomes citizen participation in the decision-making process. Because professional local government management offers government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it sets the stage for citizen activism by encouraging open communication between citizens and their government. Citizens have the opportunity to present issues to the Mayor and Commission at General Meetings. In addition, citizens are encouraged to become members of boards and committees.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 407-339-1297.
No, If a crime took place outside of the City of Longwood Police Department please call the police department for that city.
If this took place on a state Freeway please call the Highway Patrol Office nearest you.
A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.
Yes. A tree removal permit shall be required for the removal, replacement, or alteration of trees unless specifically exempted (see exemptions below). Alteration includes damaging, topping, root pruning, cutting, hatracking, poisoning, or grade change that can be expected to adversely affect the health of protected trees and vegetation. A tree removal permit can be applied for through our on-line portal under Planning and Zoning applications.
Code Reference: LDC 3.5.5
Yes, the replacement of more than 25% of the linear feet of fence will require a permit. Please ensure that you have a scaled survey as a part of your application that shows where your proposed fence will be located - this is very important!
Fence requirements can be found in LDC 5.3.3.
There are many areas that have a "Longwood" mailing address that are not actually in the incorporated City limits of Longwood. If you are in an unincorporated area, you will actually do your permitting through Seminole County.
One way you can check is by searching your address or parcel number at the Seminole County Property Appraiser's GIS site.
A quick shorthand is that any property located west of I-4, including the Wekiwa Springs and Jamestown areas, or any property with a 32779 zip code, are not located within the City of Longwood.
You'll want to view the Table of Allowable Uses for the appropriate district. The Table of Allowable Uses can be found in our Longwood Development Code in Article 2.3.0.
The State of Florida passed Senate Bill 102, the “Live Local Act” during the 2023 legislative session to address Florida’s affordable housing crisis. One of the components of this legislation is that multi-family apartment projects which commit to dedicating at least 40% as affordable housing for 30 years must be considered an allowable use when located on properties zoned commercial, industrial, or mixed-use, even if multi-family development is prohibited by the Longwood Development Code (LDC) in that category.
It is no secret that there has been a high demand for apartments within the City of Longwood in recent years. While the City Commission recently designated large sections of the City’s corridors as commercial to help promote the development of retail and restaurants, the passage of the Live Local Act means that the Commission will be prevented from considering or deciding upon projects developed under this act - likely resulting in new high-density, multi-story, multi-family projects being developed in areas that are prohibited by the LDC.
You can view the text of Senate Bill 102 here.
The City will remain committed to the attraction and retention of retail and restaurants, and work through every available avenue to be able to deliver those projects to our residents.
If you notice a street light outage please report it to Duke Energy, call 407-629-1010, or Email Duke Energy.
Visit the Facilities and Rentals page to find the correct forms.