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Business Impact Estimate Statements

In accordance with Section 125.66(3), Florida Statutes, as amended by Chapter 2023-309, Laws of Florida, effective October 1, 2023, the County is required to prepare a “business impact estimate” for proposed ordinances not otherwise exempt as noted in the law. The business impact estimate must be posted on the County's official website no later than the date the notice of proposed enactment is published and must include the following information:

  1. A summary of the proposed ordinance, including a statement of the public purpose to be served by the proposed ordinance, such as serving the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of the county.

  2. An estimate of the direct economic impact of the proposed ordinance on private, for-profit businesses in the county, including the following, if any:

    1. An estimate of direct compliance costs that businesses may reasonably incur if the ordinance is enacted.
    2. Identification of any new charge or fee on businesses subject to the proposed ordinance or for which businesses will be financially responsible.
    3. An estimate of the county's regulatory costs, including an estimate of revenues from any new charges or fees that will be imposed on businesses to cover such costs.

  3. A good faith estimate of the number of businesses likely to be impacted by the ordinance.

  4. Any additional information the board determines may be useful.

Pursuant to Section 125.66(3)(c), Florida Statutes, the County is not required to prepare a “business impact estimate” for the following:

  1. Ordinances required for compliance with federal or state law or regulation;

  2. Ordinances relating to the issuance or refinancing of debt;

  3. Ordinances relating to the adoption of budgets or budget amendments, including revenue sources necessary to fund the budget;

  4. Ordinances required to implement a contract or an agreement, including, but not limited to, any federal, state, local, or private grant, or other financial assistance accepted by a county government;

  5. Emergency ordinances;

  6. Ordinances relating to procurement; or

  7. Ordinances enacted to implement the following:

    1. Part II of Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, relating to growth policy, county and municipal planning, and land development regulation, including zoning, development orders, development agreements, and development permits;
    2. Sections 190.005 and 190.046, Florida Statutes, relating to Community Development Districts;
    3. Section 553.73, Florida Statutes, relating to the Florida Building Code; or
    4. Section 633.202, Florida Statutes, relating to the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

A business impact estimate statement for applicable ordinances enacted on or after October 1, 2023, will be posted on this webpage. To view a Business Impact Estimate Statement, please click on the appropriate link below.

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