How do I request a Change of Address or Hold Mail order?
See the staff in the Postal Center to have a form completed, 9-4 M-F or a US Post Office (branch on Cardinal Drive or Main Post Office at 2050 13th Avenue).
Is it acceptable to use Indian River Shores in my address instead of Vero Beach as my city?
Declaration of Domicile (Florida Residency)
How do I file a Declaration of Domicile?
This is done through the County Clerk of Courts. Please consult with an attorney to determine if this is needed.
Where can I go to learn more about preventing Elder Fraud?
This link was provided by our Public Safety Director as a good guide to detect fraud schemes that are often used to target the elderly.
Holiday Closures & Council Meeting Schedules
What holidays are observed by Town Employees?
Town Hall and Public Safety Administrative Staff have 11 paid holidays. Normally if the holiday falls on a Saturday, offices are closed the preceding Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, the offices are closed on Monday. Please click here for the 2021 schedule of holidays.
Paying a Ticket
Where do I go to pay a (traffic) ticket?
Indian River County Clerk of Court, 2000 16th Avenue. Call (772) 770-5185 for more information.
Town Council and Other Official Meetings
When does the Town Council meet?
Normal Council meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month. A schedule is published mid-summer for the next year, which may have dates changed by the Council at a regularly scheduled meeting. This schedule is usually kept up to date on the website, but is always accurately posted on the Meetings page up to a month ahead.
Voter Registration & Information
For voting or election information, please see this page on the Town's website or go to the Supervisor of Elections website, voteindianriver.com. To register to vote, this page has information. Please note that voting in more than one state is illegal, as is voting more than once for any given election.
To obtain a drivers license, please visit this website for the information.
Where is a FedEx drop box?
At the Oak Point office building 5070 SR A1A, next to CVS drug store, north east corner (at the back left when facing the building).
Where's the nearest library?
Indian River County Main Library is at 1600 21st St., Phone: (772) 770-5060. The North County Library is in Sebastian, 1001 County Road 512, Phone: (772) 589-1355. Near the Home Depot on 58th Avenue is the Brackett Library on the campus of Indian River State College at 6155 College Lane, 226-3080
Is there a Notary Public at Town Hall?
Yes, in the Town Clerk's office, Building Department, or Treasurer's office. Please see the Building Department for notarizations on permits and related items.
Are licenses required? How do I get one?
From Indian River County Animal Control, 4305 43rd Ave. #102 B, (772) 226-4799, or the Humane Society at 6230 77th St.
Do people have to pick up feces their pet deposits?
Yes, see Article II, Section 90.10 - 90.16 about dogs.
Are leashes required?
Yes, see Section 90.10.
Can I walk my dog on the beach?
Yes, please see "Beach" under Town Rules below.
Who can I contact about obtaining a public record from the Town?
Please see the Doing Business tab on this website.
Where can I take my outdated or unwanted prescription drugs?
The Sheriff’s Office provides this service at 4055 41st Avenue, Vero Beach, M-F.
Where do I obtain car tags, concealed weapon permit or driver's license, fishing license or pay my taxes?
Information on obtaining licenses and paying taxes are found here.
How do I contact the recycle or garbage collector?
Who do I contact for street light outage?
How do I get rid of hazardous waste, such as old televisions or paint cans?
Indian River County Landfills accept them. Click here for details. You can also call 226-3212.
How do I check for Watering Restrictions for my Lawn?
The St. John's River Water Management District has this page set up for your information about how and when to water your lawn.
Can we have a bonfire on the beach?
No, Sec. 91.07. - Burning debris on ocean beaches. Whenever debris accumulates on ocean beaches to the extent said debris causes a nuisance or hazard to health, the department of public safety may issue a permit to burn on the beach over a consecutive three-day period. A charge for issuing a burn permit under this section shall be the same as a one-day burning permit as established by the town. Burnings under this section may not take place within 250 feet of a residence or other structure. Cross reference— Prohibited activities on beaches, § 91.31; fires and parks and recreational facilities, § 95.03(A)(4).
Can I have a fire pit or a bonfire on the beach?
No, the Indian River County Code 205.03 (4) Fire. No person shall ignite, set or maintain any fire for cooking or any other purpose in any park or recreational facility unless such fire is within a designated receptacle and area for such purpose. Also 161.19, (E) (3) Town Code prohibits campfires that would disrupt turtle activities between March 1 and October 31.
Can I walk my dog on the beach?
Yes, in Indian River Shores' limits anytime with a leash on the dog. Sec. 90.10. - Leash and collar and tag required. All dogs within the town shall be kept within a house or other structure or behind a good and sufficient fence. Any dog removed from a house, structure, or from behind a sufficient fence shall be kept on a leash. All dogs within the town shall have a collar and tag indicating the name and address of the owner of the dog. IMPORTANT: Please be considerate of other folks who may not want your dog near them. Pet owners are required to pick up feces when deposited.
Can I walk my dog off-leash on the beach?
Yes, with a permit, between sunrise and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sunset. A permit is obtained from the Public Safety Department front desk, M-F, 8-4. See this page for more information.
Are weddings or parties allowed on the beach?
Indian River County regulates the beaches and access points within the Town, and does allow smaller (under 100 participants) weddings on the beach with no permit. Please remember that access gates are locked at sunset.
What to do in regards to sea turtle nesting, viewing, hatching, and lighting?
Is alcohol/drinking allowed on the beach?
No. Sec. 130.03. - Open containers of alcoholic beverages prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage in any cup, glass, or open can or other open or unsealed container on the streets, sidewalks, alleys, or parks within the town. This provision specifically includes all occupants of motor vehicles.
Does the Town allow garage sales?
The Town does not issue permits for garage sales. Gated communities have their interior regulations, and there are no signs permitted to be placed on right-of-ways along A1A.
Do I need permission to have a fire pit in my back yard?
You should check with the Building Department. There are several conditions that may require a permit, as this is regulated by the Florida Building Codes, and possibly gas, electric or fire codes. It all depends on what will be inserted in the landscape. At the minimum, there are set back requirements that must be maintained.
Am I allowed to have a gas grill on my balcony?
According to the National Fire Protection Association standards by which that the Town abides, 10.11.6.1 states that "no hibachi, grill or other similar devices used for cooking, heating or any other purpose shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure." 10.11.6.2 states that for other than one and two family dwellings, no hibachi, grill or other similar devices used for cooking shall be stored on a balcony.
Is my neighborhood on reuse water for irrigation? Is this different than using City water?
Some neighorhoods are supplied with reuse water, sometimes called reclaimed wastewater or greywater from the water treatment facilities and is unsafe for drinking. It is much less expensive than using City water.
How can I check to see if we're under a watering restriction?
The St. John's River Water Management District sets the restrictions for the Town, found here on their website.
Is there a "quiet time" designated in the Town?
Yes, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. is specified in our Code of Ordinances
Do I need a permit to (___)?
Please check this page for information on Building Permits.
Short Term Rentals
Are short term vacations rentals allowed in the Town?
In addition to regulations adopted by the Town in 2019, neighborhoods have their own covenants. The Town also prohibits on-street parking on our open streets, which limits the number of vehicles. Noise and other restrictions may be researched in the Town's Code of Ordinances, or the Florida Statutes regulations, e.g. 509.032.
Where can I find regulations about signs?
For fast access, please click on this link for Chapter 164 of the Land Development Code (LDC). No signs are allowed in the FDoT right of way (must be behind the overhead power lines). Election signs or real estate signs are among others also covered in that chapter.
Are trucks allowed to park outside overnight?
No, they must be inside the garage. Please read this section 161.01 of the Land Development Code
Is my RV/Boat/Camper allowed in my driveway or yard?
No, they must be out of sight between 7 pm and 7 am, as stated in 161.01 in the LDC.
Are vehicles allowed to park on the streets?
Please refer to Chapter 71, Parking.
Bicycle Rules & Safety
What are the rules in Florida about bicycle riding and safety?
The Florida Department of Transportation has published this printable flyer to help cyclists understand the rules of the road.
How low can I cut my sea grapes?
Please see DEP Sea Grape Trimming Guidelines (2009 from the Town’s website. The University of Florida article 2015 (also references link to article about Vero Beach homeowner fined $15,000 for trimming sea grapes). And finally, under the FL Statutes - Sea Grapes and Sea Oats are Protected.