City of Cape Coral
1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 574-0401

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Cape Coral has completed its final pass of Hurricane Irma debris removal. Approximately 375,000 cubic yards of debris was collected from residential properties.

All waterways are expected to be cleared of hurricane debris by the end of January 2018. All canal debris is being processed at a storage site located just south of Diplomat Parkway and just east of Burnt Store road.  The debris will be chipped into mulch and the site is expected to be cleaned up by the end of February 2018. It is estimated that 125,000 cubic yards of hurricane debris will be collected from the canals.

Please note: In the freshwater canal system, access to trees that have fallen into the canal can only be made via nearby vacant land. Bridges restrict the movement of barges that carry      large pieces of heavy equipment used for tree removal. If necessary, a path to the canal across a vacant lot may be cut resulting in the removal of other trees/plants for safety purposes and access to the fallen tree. The trees being cut down by the contractor are mainly invasive to Florida including; Australian pines and Brazilian pepper-trees. There is no plan      to replace these trees. This cleanup process is proceeding as quickly and efficiently as possible and in accordance with FEMA approved guidelines.

Horticulture for Waste Pro pickup must meet the normal pickup guidelines.

BOATING SAFETY: Residents are advised to avoid boating in canals until all debris is removed (estimated January 2018) due to possible obstructions under the surface of the water that may not be visible and could cause damage to vessels.

The City of Cape Coral urges residents to follow the instructions below to search for licensed contractors online or call the City’s Code Compliance Division at (239)574-0613 to verify whether a contractor has the appropriate licensing prior to signing any contracts and/or paying for services. 

To search for a licensed contractor online please use the City's eTRAKIT database.
1. Select "Search Contractors" under the "Contractor" menu option.
2. In the "Search By" drop down menu choose license type or company name.
3. Leave "contains" in the search option.
4. Enter the license type (e.g. plumbing, roofing) or the company name in the empty search box and click "Search".
5. THE CONTRACTOR'S STATUS IS ONLY CURRENT IF THE STATUS COLUMN INDICATES ACTIVE. If the status column is any thing other than active the license is NOT current.

**EXAMPLE: To search for a licensed contractor for seawall or other marine repairs/improvements enter "marine" as the license type in the empty search box**

To report an unlicensed contractor performing work in the City of Cape Coral, call (239) 242-3873 or send an email to

HURRICANE IRMA PERMIT FEE WAIVERS: Resolution 190-17, adopted by the Cape Coral City Council on October 3, 2017, temporarily waives base permit fees for permit applications related to repairing or replacing seawalls, pool enclosures, fences, sheds, roofs, or electrical systems damaged by Hurricane Irma submitted between October 3, 2017 through December 29, 2017. For more information, visit the Permitting page on the City's website.