City Declarations

April 28, 2020 City of Daytona Beach - Emergency Declaration Extended through May 5
April 7, 2020 City of Daytona Beach - Emergency Declaration Extended through April 15
March 26, 2020 City of Daytona Beach Executive Order - Additional Closures
March 24, 2020 City of Daytona Beach - Beach Resolution
March 24, 2020 City of Daytona Beach Amended Declaration
March 17, 2020 City of Daytona Beach Amended Declaration
March 13, 2020 City of Daytona Beach Emergency Declaration

Previous Announcements

As of May 13, 2020

County grants available for small businesses
Volusia County is accepting applications beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 14, for a $10 million grant program aimed at helping small businesses recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses that meet the criteria, including having no more than 25 full-time employees or the equivalent number of part-time employees, can qualify for a one-time, $3,000 grant under the program.
To qualify for the county grant program, businesses must certify that they suffered a financial impact of at least $3,000 due to COVID-19, and that the loss wasn’t reimbursed by insurance or some other governmental assistance program. Qualifying impacts can be anything from a loss of revenue due to an interruption in business to the cost of installing things like plexiglass dividers, UV sanitizing cabinets and hand sanitizing stations needed to resume normal business operations. With 12,000 small businesses in Volusia County, there’s enough money for approximately 3,300 of them to receive a county grant. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with the application posted on the county’s new Volusia Business Resources website, click on “County.”
For small businesses to qualify, they must be a physical business located in a commercial or industrial space, licensed to operate in Volusia County or the local city where they’re located if a license is required and were operational and actively conducting business in Volusia County on or before Dec. 1, 2019. Tax exempt businesses and businesses that are either a publicly traded company or a subsidiary of a publicly traded company don’t qualify for the program. A complete list of qualification criteria is listed on the county’s new Volusia Business Resources website, click on “County.”

As of May 13, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing in Midtown
A walk-up, no-appointment-required, free COVID-19 testing site will open in the heart of Daytona Beach at 9 a.m. Friday, May 15, at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd. The site will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while supplies last, Tuesday through Sunday.
The free swab testing for the coronavirus will be available for people over 18 years old, regardless of symptoms. A photo ID is required; however, city residency is not a requirement to be tested.
A prescription is not needed to get a test. The test will be a nasal swab, and will be available for 200 people per day. Once samples are collected, they will be sent to a commercial laboratory for testing. Results will be provided as soon as they are available, usually within seven days.
The testing site was created through a partnership between the City of Daytona Beach, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida National Guard.
Read Frequently Asked Questions about the testing site.

As of May 12, 2020

County offers mortgage assistance
Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division is accepting applications from homeowners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Mortgage assistance may be provided to eligible households for up to three months and is capped at $1,500 a month. The program includes assistance for eligible households for payment of late, current and, if they remain eligible, future payments. Applicants must have a current mortgage statement in their name and be able to document a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19. Additionally, the dwelling must be in Volusia County, the mortgage must have been current as of March 13, and the household income must be at or below the area median income level. For more information about the assistance, visit the Community Assistance Division web page.

As of May 7, 2020

City offers assistance for renters
The City of Daytona Beach is expanding its COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort program, also known as CARE, by offering rental assistance to income-eligible residents. The rental assistance program is intended to provide financial relief to Daytona Beach residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to help ensure stability for low-to-moderate income residents who have been furloughed, lost employment or have had work hours reduced. Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, appointments can be made by calling Central Florida Community Development Corporation at (386) 226-1216 or Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation at (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304. Read the complete details for the assistance for renters.

As of April 28, 2020
Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry has extended the city’s emergency declaration due to COVID-19 through May 5, 2020.

As of April 16, 2020
At last night’s City Commission meeting, the commissioners discussed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommends people voluntarily wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure in addition to social distancing. For more information, visit This cloth face covering information sheet provides details on how to create a face covering.

As of April 8, 2020
Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry has extended the city’s emergency declaration due to COVID-19 through April 15, 2020.

As of April 1, 2020
Florida Governor issues "Safer At Home" Executive Order
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Wednesday, April 1, that calls for residents to be “Safer At Home” by doing the following:

  • Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Corona virus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

According to the Governor’s order, this is a basic list of all essential businesses allowed to remain open and must institute social distancing practices. Florida Division of Emergency Management also has a website - – where people can ask about whether or not their business/job function is considered essential under the Governor’s “Safer At Home” Executive Order through an online inquiry form

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Governor’s Executive Order.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3, and expires in 30 days.

As of March 25, 2020
At the Tuesday, March 24, City Commission meeting, the city’s emergency declaration was extended through Wednesday, April 1, and commissioners adopted additional measures to prevent the spread of #COVID19. (UPDATE: these additional measures have been rescinded due to the State of Florida’s "Safer-at-Home" executive order.)

At the meeting, the commissioners also voted and agreed (6 to 1) to draft a resolution to be sent to the Volusia County Council urging them to immediately closed the beaches in order to mitigate against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to further protect the health and safety of the citizens of the City of Daytona Beach and Volusia County. 

As of March 24, 2020
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, City Hall is closed until further notice. Please be assured that critical and essential city services will continue. Residents with non-essential city business are encouraged to utilize remote options for contacting and communicating with city staff. For questions, please leave a message on (386) 671-8400 and your call will be returned.

As of March 23, 2020
There will be an emergency special City Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at City Hall located at 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. At the meeting, the commission are expected to amend or extend the emergency order related to prevention measures the city has taken to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. To encourage social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 people together at once, special provisions will be made to accommodate the public including limited seating available in the lobby area. The meeting will be on DBTV, which can be accessed from, and Spectrum Channel 490.

As of March 20, 2020
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order today that orders:

  • All restaurants and food establishments suspend on-premise food consumption for customers. Restaurants may offer delivery and take-out services.
  • All gyms and fitness centers are to close. Gyms and fitness centers in hotels, a residential building, in interior fire and police stations and inside any single-occupant office building are exempt.

As of today at 5 p.m. all city-operated community centers and parks will be closed until further notice. Also all city Leisure Services programs, including baseball, t-ball, soccer and youth Spring Break program, have been suspended until further notice.

As of March 18, 2020
The City Commission convened for a special meeting Tuesday, March 17, to ratify the declaration of a Local State of Emergency and Executive Order, which was originally signed by Mayor Derrick Henry Friday, March 13. The most recent amended version incorporates provisions included in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order, which was also issued Tuesday, March 17. The most recently approved declaration is in effect through Tuesday, March 24.

The city’s declaration does not impose any additional business-related restrictions which are stricter than the state-issue order.

The city’s amended executive order includes the following:

  • All public meetings of the City Commission and Advisory Boards are canceled.
  • All city-issued permits for outdoor events are revoked.
  • The issuance of all new permits for outdoor events and facility-use rentals has been suspended.
  • All of the city-hosted programs for senior citizens and the Mayor’s Literacy Initiative has been suspended.
  • All public or private community events at city parks and city-owned facilities have been canceled or postponed.
    • This includes activities at the Peabody Auditorium, Municipal Stadium, the Bandshell, Jackie Robinson Stadium, and city community centers and recreation facilities.
  • Breakers Park and Ritchey Plaza are closed to the public.
    • The Daytona Beach Pier and associated parking lots remain open.
  • Organizers of events are strongly encouraged to postpone or cancel in-person events with 10 or more people for the next eight weeks.
  • Submission of bids and Requests for Proposals can be submitted electronically.
  • City utility customers will not be discontinued or disconnected due to non-payment of fees while this declaration is in effect.

March 16, 2020
At this time, all city departments are fully staffed and the city is operating under its normal business hours. Our primary focus is to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and adopt practices to protect the health of all employees, customers, visitors and others. We want to ensure the continuity of business operations while minimizing the threat of CODVID-19 spreading in our community. Several measures have been put into effect to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 including closing high-traffic areas and lobbies on the first floor of City Hall to walk-in traffic. 

The majority of the walk-in service is customers wanting to pay their utility bill. There are many ways to pay a utility bill without visiting City Hall including paying by phone at (386) 671-8100, dropping off a payment in the night depository on the east side of City Hall and online at

There are also several ways to apply for a building permit. Apply online at for window and door, roofing and mechanical permits if registered with Volusia County Contractor Licensing. For all other permits, email applications to Applications can be faxed to (386) 671-8149. Residents or contractors with questions should call (386) 671-8178.

Below are details to conduct city business remotely via phone, drop box or online:

Business License
Phone: (386) 671-8280
Fax: (386) 671-8149

Community Development
Phone: (386) 671-8050

Development & Administration Services
Phone: (386) 671-8124

Human Resources
Phone: (386) 671-8210
Employee benefits: (386) 671-8224
Safety officer: (386) 671-8235

Leisure Services 
Phone: (386) 671-8250
Email: CowellSharonda@CODB.US
Fax: (386) 671-4326

Permits & Licensing
Phone: (386) 671-8178
Fax: (386) 671-8149
Drop off: In bin outside of Permits and Licensing at City Hall

Phone: (386) 671-8120

Public Works
Phone: (386) 671-8601
Fax: (386) 671-3980

Phone: (386) 671-8080
Drop off: In bin outside of Purchasing at City Hall
If dropping off a solicitation, call (386) 671-8080 as soon as it has been placed, so it can be retrieved and stamped

Phone: (386) 671-8180

Utility Billing
Phone: (386) 671-8100
Online: (pay or view bills and to stop, start or transfer service)
Drop off: In night depository drop box on the east side of City Hall

March 13, 2020
Statement from Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry
Today Mayor Derrick Henry declared a state of emergency for the city of Daytona Beach in response to COVID-19 (the coronavirus). The seven-day emergency order will be effective today through March 20, 2020.

The declaration order makes additional emergency resources available to assist in event of an emergency response and gives the city greater flexibility to procure needed resources.

As well as issuing the emergency declaration, as of 8 a.m. Saturday, March 14, the city is revoking all city-issued permits for outdoor events occurring while the declaration is in effect including 2020 Bike Week activities and the St. Patrick’s Block Party on Beach Street on Tuesday, March 17. The city is also suspending issuance of all new permit applications during the declaration’s effective dates.

The city is canceling or postponing all public or private community events at city-owned facilities with more than 100 or more people in a single room or indoor space at the same time. This includes performances at the Peabody Auditorium and the Easter Beach Run, April 4.

  • Peabody performances are being rescheduled. Ticket holders should keep their tickets, which will be honored at a rescheduled performance. 
  • Easter Beach Run pre-paid registrants will receive a refund.

City-sponsored programs for senior citizens including meetings, daily fitness programs, recreation classes and social events at city facilities have been canceled.

The declaration also strongly encourages large gatherings of 100 or more individuals from taking place within the city to protect public health and safety and mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

During the declaration, the city utility services will not be discontinued or disconnected due to non-payment of fees.

The declaration will be ratified by the City Commission at a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in City Hall. The regularly scheduled City Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 18, has been canceled.

March 12, 2020
Statement on reports associating Coronavirus and Bike Week

It’s been widely reported that a 63-year-old New Yorker has tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Bike Week. We have received confirmation from the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County that this individual never arrived in Daytona Beach (or Volusia County) and never participated in any Bike Week activities in our community. We are continuing to coordinate with our local government, tourism and health officials, as well as the business community, and are monitoring developments in regard to COVID-19. We are reminding residents and visitors to follow the established precautionary measures for reducing risk of COVID-19.