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If there are any doubts as to whether a permit is required or any questions regarding obtaining a permit, call the Building Division at 305-622-8027 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for assistance.
Prior to submittal of your permit application, please be sure you have obtained all required documentation. Missing information and/or documents might delay your permit being processed.
To get a building permit application online:• Go to the City of Miami Gardens web site at: www.miamigardens-fl.gov• Click on “City Services”• Scroll down to “Building and Code”• Click “Building Services” • Scroll down to “Documents & Forms”• Click “Building Permit Application” or any other form you may need.
Roofing and Re-roofing CommercialMondays thru Thursday8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Window, Doors and ShuttersMondays thru Thursday8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Meeting HoursInspectors8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.Monday through Thursday, except major holidays
Evelyn Heisley-Sanchez, Executive Secretary – 305-622-8000 ext. 2640
Jose Rousseau Chief Building Inspector – 305-622-8000 ext. 2654
Ignacio Scull Building Inspector/Plan Reviewer - 305-622-8000 ext. 2657
Jose Porta Building Inspector/Plan Reviewer - 305-622-8000 ext. 2663
Jorge Guasp, Chief Electrical Inspector - 305-622-8027 ext. 2646
Edwin Mierisch, Chief Mechanical Inspector - 305-622-8000 ext. 2660
Lisa Carbonell, Permit & License Clerk Supervisor – 305-622-8000- ext. 2641
Orlando Felix, Sr. Permit & License Clerk – 305-622-8000 ext. 2643
FAX - 305-626-4220 or 305-626-4219
A.J. King ParkAndover ParkBennett Lifter ParkBetty T. Ferguson Recreation CenterBrentwood PoolBuccaneer ParkBunche ParkBunche Pool Cloverleaf ParkLester Brown Park Miami Carol City ParkMyrtle Grove ParkNorth Dade Optimist ParkNorwood Park Norwood PoolRisco ParkRolling Oaks ParkScott ParkSenior Family CenterWest Miami Gardens/Florida Memorial University Sports ComplexCulinary Arts and Hospitality InstituteMobile StageAutomatic License Plate Recognition Systems (ALPRS)/Show-mobilesMobile Command Center Technological UpgradeReal Time Crime CenterShotSpotter
As of right now we do not have an Housing Assistance Program. However, for immediate assistance, please contact 1-877-994-help or 305-622-8000 ext. 2694.
A special event permit is required when the City Manager or his/her designee believes that the intended activity has the potential of becoming a threat to public safety, constitute a danger to the normal flow of traffic, or constitute a potential disturbance of the peace of persons outside the premises where the event or activity is located. This does not include family events at your home that does not impact the rest of the community. The purpose of a special event permit is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the city's citizens and to ensure the proper coordination of city, county and other agencies services when necessary.
Special event permit means written, signed authorization by the city to hold the event. For further information, please see Article II -Special Event Regulations under the City’s codes and ordinances.
Report the incident to law enforcement, the three major credit bureaus, place a fraud alert on your account and notify the fraud department at your financial institution.
Notify the fraud department at your financial institution and find out where the transactions were made. Report the incident to the law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction.
Do not leave your keys in the vehicle (even in a locked garage) or in another vehicle in the same driveway. Do not leave your car running while you go inside, even for just a “minute”. Consider getting a vehicle alarm or installing a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel.
When a stolen car is recovered, an attempt to contact you will be made by a MGPD employee. Your vehicle will most likely go to a tow yard. If contact with you was unsuccessful, the next step would be for the tow yard to send you a notice in the mail. They are only required to send the notice to the address on your registration. If you do not have that information updated, you may not get the notice and your tow bill will increase daily.
You can get a copy of your police report by responding to our Records Unit, located in the police headquarters building located adjacent to City Hall at 18611 N.W. 27 Avenue. They are open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
No. We only provide local Dade County background checks for Miami Gardens residents.No. We only provide local Dade County background checks for Miami Gardens residents.
The cost is $5.00 per background check letter for Miami Gardens residents.
No. Background checks are provided on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
No. You have to be 18 years old or older.
You must provide a valid photo ID (Florida driver’s license or Florida ID card).
As often as they are able to but they are required to train at least once a week.
No, they are trained to follow the command of their master, (the handler). They are very loving and you can ask the handler permission to pet them.
The training begins when the canine is a puppy and it usually takes up to a year, when they are considered an adult canine, to be fully trained.
Our canines are often German Shepard or Belgian Malinois and are sometimes donated by citizens and/ business owners or purchased directly by the Department.
The K-9 handler has the option of keeping the canine as a pet or finding another good home for the canine.
You can contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or by submitting an online anonymous tip through the Miami Gardens Police Department Web Site at: http://www.miamigardenspolice.org/.
Yes, you can call our front desk at 305-474-1463 and request a Watch Order.
You can submit the by emailing the information to [email protected]
By contacting Sergeant Alonzo Moncur at 305-474-1516, or by email at [email protected].
Yes they do, you can make a request through Sergeant Heather Kidder at 305-474-1643, or by email at [email protected] or Sergeant Alonzo Moncur at 305-474-1516, or by email at [email protected]
No, but you do have to meet the eligibility requirements.
Yes, you must be Ordained or Licensed member of the Clergy.
The Chaplains serve on a monthly rotation with no set time, but you must be willing and available to respond to any situation where the Police Chaplain is being requested
Yes, we encourage everyone to attend and meet the Officers of the Miami Gardens Police Department.
Contact the Miami Gardens Community Enrichment Team number listed.
Usually there are at least 20-50 people that show up to speak with the officers.
Yes, the coffee is paid for by the sponsor for the event. Come speak with the officers, ask questions, and have a coffee on the house.
The Officers pass out literature regarding upcoming events and personal safety tips.
Usually we are contacted by a local service provider who wishes to get involved with helping the community.
Usually we start the Walk and Knock at 5 pm and end around 7 pm.
Walk and Knock generally occur once a month on Mondays.
The Unit is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, 365 days a year, holidays and weekends.
Emergency phone calls are received by Miami- Dade Police Department and transferred to our agency via the police radio. Residents can reach our agency with non-emergency phone calls by dialing 305-474-MGPD (6473).
Dispatchers ask for pertinent information first - address, phone number, nature of call, name of caller and/or a description of those involved. Once the initial information is obtained, additional questions may be asked depending on the nature of the call. The questioning will not slow down the dispatching of the appropriate assistance.
Answer non-emergency calls for service, dispatch patrol units using radio equipment, enter/remove Missing Persons, Articles, Vehicles, etc., forward calls to the appropriate department
The unit handles approximately 130,000 calls annually.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
Send an email to [email protected] with your request and information.
No, it’s only a document on how a business or homeowner can improve on the property.
A CPTED report provides a detailed security survey of your property and recommendations that will assist in making the property safer and less attractive to criminal activity.
Depending on the description of the scene, a Crime Scene Investigator will respond right away if available, if not they will contact you to arrange a date and time. The responding officer will advise you on how to preserve the area to be processed.
The Miami Gardens Police Crime Scene Unit has two shifts. The day shift hours are from 6am to 4pm, the afternoon shift is from 3pm to 1am.
Crime Scene Investigators respond to homicides, shootings, burglaries, robberies, auto thefts, and police involved shootings.
They document crime scenes with photography, and preparing sketches. They collect evidence in which they can process to locate DNA and Fingerprint evidence. Crime Scene Investigators do not interview witnesses nor do they make arrests, but the evidence they present to the courts can help get a conviction.
The length of time is dependent on the amount of ransacking that occurred, and how many objects were moved during the burglary. Typically about one hour.
Everyone operating a burglar alarm system inside the City of Miami Gardens city limits is required to register their alarm system, with the exception of government buildings.
This can be accomplished by either coming in person to the Records Unit located at 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL, filling out the registration form and paying the $37.00 fee during its hours of operation or the alarm application can be completed by going online to www.crywolfservices.com/miamigardensfl.
Make sure that you immediately report your false alarm to your alarm company so they can cancel with police dispatch prior to police arrival. Ensure that everyone in your household or business has been properly trained on your alarm system. Make sure your alarm system is in good working order and inspected periodically by your alarm company.
The initial cost of an alarm permit for residential or commercial properties is $37.00.
Two false alarms for registered owners.
The charge for Fingerprints is $5.00 per fingerprint card (cash, money order, check, debit and credit card).
Yes. Fingerprints are only done for Miami Gardens residents (Miami Gardens address must be listed on ID).
Yes. Fingerprints are only done by appointments.
No. Miami Gardens will provide you with a fingerprint card at the time of service.
You can obtain reports in person from the Miami Gardens Police Department Records Unit located at 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056 or visit http://p2c.mgpdfl.org.
If it is an emergency dial 911. If it is a non-emergency dial (305) 474-6473.
Accident/Incident reports are available 7-10 business days after the date of occurrence to persons involved.
Yes, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) . All calls will remain anonymous.
In order to conduct a thorough investigation, your complaint should be filed immediately following the incident, or as soon as possible.
The program is 8-12 lessons.
Yes. Once the students have successfully completed the program, a graduation ceremony will be held at the participating school.
Officers assigned to the Community Enrichment Team are certified G.R.E.A.T. Officers and teach the program to the students.
Officers assigned to the Community Enrichment Team teach the program to the students.
The students will be introduced to an advanced golf program called Fore Life instructed by local golf professionals.
No. The Miami Gardens Police Department supplies all the necessary equipment for the program.
When all leads have been completed and exhausted it is typically named a cold case. The original investigator keeps the case, continues reviewing the leads, and explores other avenues to develop new leads. The case is never abandoned. If the original investigator leaves the homicide unit, the supervisor will review the case and assign it to another investigator who will rework all previous leads
Yes, Crime Stoppers offers up to $3,000 for homicide information. Additional funds can be added to the reward amount and will be coordinated by Crime Stoppers.
Yes, our victim advocate unit will be in contact with the next of kin the following day to assist with the application process to receive financial and psychological services for survivors. The advocates guide the family from start to finish with the application process.
The ultimate goal of the homicide investigation is to identify, arrest, and convict the offender. Nonessential persons allowed into the crime scene diminishes the integrity of the scene and investigative efforts. This negatively affects the investigative efforts in Court proceedings, and will affect the ultimate goal of a successful prosecution.
Code Enforcement at (305) 914-9010 ext. 2611.
Contact any member of the CET and they can provide you with information regarding volunteer opportunities, becoming a member of a Crime Watch group in your community or requesting the Police Department to attend Homeowner’s Association meetings.
Complete the form, include Driver License information, and give approval for a criminal background check.
The Unit has 14 officers, 1 sergeant and 1 captain.
The officers make a lot of presentations at all schools in the community. Your teacher or principal can make the request to the Chief of Police and we can coordinate their appearance.
It is recommended that at least five (5) residents of the neighborhood be involved in the program.
The meetings are held within the neighborhood, usually at the street corner or designated address, where the residents can attend and discuss their concerns.
The meetings are held once a month usually during the workweek. An example would be hosting meetings on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Tuesday of the month.
It costs $44 per hour to hire an off-duty officer with a three-hour minimum. You can make payments in the form of debit and credit cards, money order, cash or checks payable to “City of Miami Gardens Police Department”. Payments must be made prior to the event. The Miami Gardens Police Department does not have a negotiable rate or in-kind services to non-for profit organizations.
Officers can be hired to work various security jobs and traffic control. All requests must be submitted and approved by the off duty coordinator.
Contacting the Off-Duty Work Detail is the best way to determine if an off-duty officer is right for your specific situation. The Off-Duty Work Detail can be reached at 305 4747-1412 or by email at [email protected]
Yes if they are available.
No. Miami Gardens Police Officers will not take part in setting the rate, any contracts, or billing. Anything to do with money/payment is organized between you (business/citizen) and the City of Miami Gardens Police Department Off-Duty Coordinator.
To start the process you will need to provide the following information to the Off-Duty Coordinator:
Please click here to download a copy of the off-duty application.
The CMG Police Department is obligated to take every complaint of alleged police misconduct or improper performance made by a member of the public; where the complaint involves one or more CMG Police Department member engaged on-duty or off-duty.
Any person who feels he or she has been the victim of police misconduct. If the complainant is a minor, under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor when filing the complaint.
If you would like to compliment the conduct and/or actions of a CMG Police Department employee, this may be accomplished by calling the Office of the Chief of Police at 305-474-1400 or you may also send written correspondence to the Police Department at 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056.
Miami Gardens Public Safety Building located at 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056.
Yes, the Explorers will be issued a uniform which is supplied by the Miami Gardens Police Department.
Yes, the Explorers must be able to complete a physical agility training test.
The meetings are held every Thursday from 6pm – 8pm at the Miami Gardens Police Department
To obtain a copy of an accident report, you must be listed as the driver, passenger, property owner, representative or owner of vehicle (providing proof). Accident reports are public records sixty (60) days after occurrence.
You can request a copy of a report by sending a written request along with the fee of the report and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Certified copies of public reports can be obtained at a cost of $1.00 per page and non-certified copies at a cost of $.15 per page. For certain incident reports you may need to send additional documents (copy of driver’s license, birth certificate etc.) Please call 305-474-1413 to verify if additional documents are needed.
You can request a copy of an accident report by sending a written request along with the fee of the report, a self-addressed stamped envelope and a copy of your current valid driver’s license (If report is less than 60 days old) to 18611 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056. Certified copies of accident reports can be obtained at a cost of $1.00 per page and non-certified copies at a cost of $.15 per page.
Reports are normally available 7-10 business from the time the report is written. However, in the event that the report is being investigated the obtainability may be delayed.
Reports can be picked up from the Records Unit located at 18611 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056. Hours of operations are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
The Records Unit accepts red light camera payments, alarm registration, conducts fingerprinting (by appointment only) and conducts local background checks for residents only. Please call 305-474-1413 for details.
The goals of the Program are to allow individuals to avoid a criminal arrest and the collateral consequences that often come along with a criminal arrest including adversely affecting employment, future job prospects, entry to the military and other social stigma. The program also hopes to reduce the pressure on the local jail system and the Miami-Dade County Criminal Court system.
The Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) officer issues the P.A.D. citation and speedy trial release agreement at the time an arrestable offense is committed. If you accept the program, you will sign a P.A.D. citation form. You will have three business days; from the day you sign the citation form, to contact the Diversion Citation Coordinator. You must agree to participate in the program and follow the rules and requirements of the program provided by the selected service provider. The Service Provider will determine the appropriate program services you will be required to complete based on your offense; and you will be assigned a minimum of 25 community service hours. The Diversion Citation Coordinator will assist you in determining where you will complete the hours and set a completion date. The Service Provider will verify with the MGPD Diversion Citation Coordinator regarding your eligibility.
The non-refundable Program fee of $100.00 and a non-refundable Administrative fee of $250.00 will be paid to the City of Miami Gardens. There are additional fees if you are required to submit to random urinalysis testing. Fees may be paid by cash, credit card or money order.
You must complete the entire course program, community service hours and pay all program fees to be considered successful. You will have up to six months to complete the program.
The Professional Compliance Unit reports directly to the Chief of Police.
Unless you deliberately make a false complaint against any employee, which can lead to you being prosecuted criminally and/or held civilly liable, no.
Yes. You will be notified of the outcome at the conclusion of the investigation. If you have questions during the investigation, you may contact the Professional Compliance Unit Captain or Sergeant at 305-474-1678.
The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Unit is closed on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
You can pick up your property by setting an appointment with the Property and Evidence Unit located at 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
The Unit is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday. – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can call for an appointment at 305-474-1459.
A friend or relative must have a notarized Power of Attorney, authorizing them to pick up your property. If the property is to be released as the result of a court order, the court order should indicate who has power of attorney.
You will need a valid picture Identification with correct address, Case number, court order, if applicable, proof of ownership i.e. bill of sale, notarized bill of sale if item purchased from a private individual.
All thefts, Criminal Mischief's and Commercial/ Residential Burglaries.
If not contacted immediately, it typically takes 3 to 5 business days for the report to reach the Property Crimes Unit.
You can get an additional property form from the desk officer in the police lobby, fill it out and return it to the desk officer.
You can call the Investigations Division at 305-474-1420 and provide either your name or the case number.
The Center is staffed with Crime Analysts and sworn personnel.
The goal of the RTCC is to use multiple forms of technology to curb crime in the city. Some of this technology includes the implementation of gunfire detection software, License Plate Readers and CCTV cameras.
Yes. Miami Gardens businesses and residents can apply to participate in our “SafeCam Program” which would authorize the RTCC to access their onsite surveillance cameras in an emergency if needed.
Yes. The RTCC has several success stories already where our implemented systems have assisted both Patrol and Investigations with several cases..
No. The Real Time Crime Center does not constantly monitor cameras. Surveillance camera systems will be actively monitored on a case-by-case basis if needed or during an emergency event.
You can obtain reports in person from the Miami Gardens Police Department Records Unit located at 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056 or visit p2c.mgpdfl.org
Incidents reports are $1.00 per certified page Accidents reports are $1.00 per certified page Non-Certified Reports $0.15 per page and $0.20 for two-sided page.
Types of payment accepted are debt card, credit card, money order, cash or check.
The public can obtain reports from the Records Unit Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. The Unit is closed to the public on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
The Unit accepts red light camera payments, alarm registrations, conducts fingerprinting for residents and conducts local background checks that includes information on file with Miami Gardens Police Department.
Fingerprinting for city residents - $5.00 and by appointment only. Local Background Checks - $5.00 Alarm Registration - $37.00.
No, the Police Department will only access your cameras when there is an reported indication of criminal activity that is occurring, has occurred or is about to occur in the field of view of the registered cameras.
No, as long as your system allows access to your cameras through a web site we can access your cameras without any special equipment. The Miami Gardens Police Department personnel can verify if this is possible through a meeting at the site of the cameras.
There is a $25 per month fee associated with the program that is billed on an annual increment.
The fee covers all associated licensing fees with the link between the Police Department’s software and the camera’s website.
No, it is strongly urged that you DO NOT cancel any current monitoring. The purpose of this program is not designed to supply security monitoring.
Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:
Some of these activities could be innocent—it is up to the Miami Gardens Police Department to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. The activities above are not all-inclusive, but have been compiled based on studies of pre-operational aspects of both successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years.
Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and/or religious affiliation are not indicators of suspicious behavior.
Suspicious activity should be reported as quickly as possible while keeping your safety a priority. Suspicious activity requiring an immediate response should be reported to 9-1-1.
Any violent crime where the victim and subject are: Married, have a child in common, immediate family member, or living together as if a family.
You have to respond to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Domestic Crimes Unit and fill out an application form. The form is reviewed by a Judge who will decide if the facts on the application form meet the criteria. If it does, a Temporary Restraining Order will be issued and a Court date will be set where both parties will provide testimony. At the conclusion of hearing testimony, the Judge will determine if the order will be extended or dismissed.
Make a police report to report the crime. You can contact our Victim Advocates who can assist you in finding temporary lodging and other assistance. If you qualify for benefits, you will be eligible for financial and counseling benefits.
You can contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477), or by submitting an online anonymous tip through the Miami Gardens Police Department Web Site at: http://www.miamigardenspolice.org/.
By contacting Sergeant Alonzo Moncur at 305-474-1516, or by email at [email protected]
Teen Court is held in multiple locations throughout Miami-Dade County and on different days of the week.
Teen Courts provides youth, volunteers and participants an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a non-traditional judicial process. It also exposes youth to various career opportunities within the legal and criminal justice system.
By filling out a volunteer application (youth or adult) and submitting it to Teen Court
The Miami Gardens Police Department’s Records Unit.
7 to 10 business days.
You can file any traffic complaint with the Traffic Section supervisor.
Yes, officers should tell the motorist the reason for the traffic stop; all motorists should cooperate with the officer’s request during the stop and not become hostile.
You can request a supervisor to make contact with you at anytime, anywhere, or respond directly to police headquarters and file a formal complaint with the Professional Compliance Unit.
Florida State Statute requires a minimum of 770 hours of curriculum based training. Once training is complete, the cadet is required to successfully pass the State Officer Certification Exam.
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission ensures that agencies are updating the officer training records as required by Florida State Statute. All certified officers must complete 40 hours of training every four years to maintain their certification. This training can be taken at the employing agency, local training school, or any training approved by the agency administrator and must be updated by the employing agency no later than June 30, starting four years after the certification was granted.
There are several mandatory training courses provided to all Miami Gardens Police Officers. Some included are as follows: Cultural Diversity, Ethics, De-Escalation Tactics, Active Shooter / Killer Response, and Crisis Intervention Training.
Yes – The Miami Gardens Police Department’s Training Unit provides selected training to members of the community. One of the most sought after classes is the Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event class
First, an applicant must take and pass a Basic Abilities Test (BAT) in the discipline for which they want to become certified. Upon passage of the BAT, you must be fingerprinted for purposes of a criminal history background check. Once accepted, the next step is to complete the Basic Recruit Training Program at one of the CJSTC certified training schools. The candidate then must apply for and pass the State Officer Certification Exam for the discipline. Finally, one must gain employment and comply with the requirements of Florida State Statute 943.13, F.S. within four years of the date training was started.
Our advocates review crime reports daily and start making telephone or mail contact. You may also contact them directly by calling 305-474-1674 or 305-474-1490.
Financial Assistance for funeral expenses and medical bills, psychological counseling and other services are available through the Victim of Crimes Act.
Our advocates will assist you in preparing the application and obtaining all the necessary crime reports for submission.
No, but you must apply or benefits within a year from the date of the crime.
Yes, they can be contacted by calling 305-474-1674 or 305-474-1490.
A burglary occurs when property is taken by breaking into a residence or a business. A robbery is when someone removes property from a person by using force or fear. A theft is when property is left alone in the open and is taken by someone.
Yes, the lead detective will be in contact with you, and a member of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.
It delivers federal, state, and local social and economic services to the doorstep of residents.
Walking One stop usually takes place on the third Monday of every other month.
Members of the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) Command Staff, Officers from the Community Enrichment Team, the Citizens Advisory Committee, MGPD Chaplains, and MGPD explorers.
There is no specific time that the walking One Stop is conducted, but generally during daylight hours.
We encourage you to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. If not, send an email to [email protected] or call 305-474-1541.