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Orange County Government

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA) to provide direct relief to Americans, contain the COVID‐19 virus, and rescue the economy. Within ARPA contained an allocation of $362 billion in state and local fiscal recovery funds to assist state and local governments in the recovery. Orange County’s direct allocation based on population is $270.7 million. The first half of the ARPA funding has been received from the US Treasury in the amount of $135.4 million. The Orange County Annual Recovery Plan Performance Report provides a general overview of the programs and projects the county will be undertaking with the ARPA funding under the Public Health, Negative Economic Impacts, Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities, Infrastructure, and Revenue Replacement categories.

COVID-19 Data

Visit the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Response website for a weekly report of COVID-19 data for Orange County and the state of Florida. Additional data can be found on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website. For more information, please dial 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Stay Informed

Visit the Coronavirus Updates webpage on the Orange County Government Newsroom to watch and read summaries of our most recent news conferences.

To get notified of the latest important articles and press events, download the OCFL News App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

County Services & Facilities

Animal Services

Visit the Orange County Animal Services webpage for detailed information.

Development Services, Building Permits, Zoning Permits

Visit our Development Services web page for detailed information on service changes.

Orange County Government Employee COVID-19 Resources

Visit our Orange County Government Employee COVID-19 Resources webpage for detailed employee information for Orange County Government employees only.

Other County Facilities

Community Action Division

Community Action Centers have cancelled all senior programming until further notice.

Property Appraiser

Orange County Property Appraiser’s downtown office lobby is closed to visitors, and staff is working remotely. Field Appraisers are permitted to visit residential properties but are not engaging with taxpayers and are equipped with virus mitigation and sanitizing supplies. The customer service phone line (407-836-5044) and website (www.ocpafl.org) with a chat feature are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tax Collector’s Office

The Tax Collector’s Office is open to the public by appointment only. Visit octaxcol.com to schedule an appointment. Please review the screening questions at octaxcol.com/covid19.

Online services: Many services, including driver license renewals, vehicle registration renewals, property and business tax payments, title transactions, and disabled parking permit applications may be completed online, by email or by mail. Visit octaxcol.com/covid19 to learn more.

Clerk of Courts and Courthouse

The Orange County Clerk’s Office has expanded limited access to more Clerk services. In order to limit capacity in lobbies, appointments can now be scheduled for the following services and locations:

  • Marriage License & Ceremonies – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
  • Passport Applications – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
  • Self Help Center Virtual Attorney Appointments – Downtown Courthouse

For more information or to make payments, view and order court records, file cases, order packets and forms, and make appointments at our website at www.myorangeclerk.com.

Ninth Circuit Court

The Florida Supreme Court and the Ninth Judicial Circuit have taken significant measures to limit and modify court operations to ensure the safe administration of justice as outlined in Administrative Orders SC21-17 and 2020-06-10, respectively. Both orders can be found on the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s website.

Major highlights include the following:

  • Masks are required in all public spaces of court facilities, including all courtrooms and hearing rooms.
  • Masks will be available if you arrive without one at the courthouse.
  • Social distancing is highly recommended.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the last 14 days, regardless of vaccination status, is prohibited from entering court facilities.
  • If you are under mandatory quarantine or isolation, you are also prohibited from entering court facilities.
  • Whenever possible, proceedings will be done remotely.
  • Jury trials are continuing. Check www.NinthCircuit.Org/Jurors for reporting information.
  • Jurors should contact the jury services department at jury@ocnjcc.org if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms the week of their reporting date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Court at COVID@ocnjcc.org.

Evictions

Under some circumstances, eviction proceedings have resumed. Please refer to the court documents you were mailed for specific instructions. Always consult an attorney for legal advice.

For additional information, please visit COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions.

Parks and Senior Centers

All Orange County Parks and Recreation facilities, as well as senior centers, are open at 50 percent capacity.

If you plan to visit a park or trail, please observe the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) recommendations:

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Bring water or drinks.
  • Find more Resources for Parks and Recreational Facilities from the CDC and learn about the Do's and Don'ts of visiting a park or recreational facility.

Schools

Orange County Public Schools is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For information, COVID-19 updates, and curbside meal distributions please go to www.ocps.net.

Utilities

Orange County Utilities

For customer convenience, the Orange County Utilities website and automated system are available 24/7 at www.ocfl.net/PayUtilities and (407) 836-5515. Drive-thru services are available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To reach a customer service representative or if you have fallen behind on payments and need help bringing your account current, please call (407) 836-5515, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.