Business and Commercial Property Owners
The City of Coral Gables is proud to be known as The City Beautiful. We all benefit from a well-kept, clean and litter-free business district. It’s inviting, increases property values, and attracts even more businesses and people. Let’s all do our part to keep the business district beautiful. Coral Gables will continue to assist in keeping our streets clean by having a regular presence and servicing city trash cans daily. However, we want to remind commercial property and business owners that they also must maintain the area surrounding their property. We’ve put together an outline of maintenance responsibilities per City Code that apply to all property/business owners in the city.
Do you know a business that goes above and beyond with their maintenance? Learn how to recognize them with the Commercial Beautification Awards.
Link to the maintenance responsibilities section of the City’s Code of Ordinances: Maintenance of Sidewalks and Swale Areas.
Please note that Code Enforcement may assess fines if the public right-of-way is not maintained.
What area is a property/business owner’s responsibility?
- Their property/business
- The front and entire length of the property up to where the street begins
- The area behind the property to the midpoint of the alley
What maintenance is required?
- Pick up litter and trash daily from the pedestrian area, green spaces and parking lanes in front of the business
- Pressure-clean sidewalks every six months or more as needed
- Do not pressure clean on Miracle Mile or Giralda Plaza*
- Do not sweep or rinse food into the drains. Pick up all food from the pavers and dispose of it in the garbage
- Pressure clean façades as needed
- Mow the grass
- Remove gum
- Remove weeds and plant debris
- Keep outdoor dining areas clean and free of food between patrons
- Please remind guests not to feed pigeons
- Repair damaged sidewalks (For more information, including permitting, call Public Works at 305-460-5000)
We’re here to help. If there are safety issues that require immediate attention, please call 305-442-1600.
There are greater responsibilities for properties with maintenance covenants. To search for existing covenants, visit www.coralgables.com/maintenancecovenants, and enter the property address. Please confirm there are no covenants with the Public Works Department, call 305-460-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza Sidewalk Maintenance Guide
The centerpieces of Downtown Coral Gables. Let’s do our part to keep these beautiful streets points-of-pride. While the same maintenance responsibilities apply to this area, specific cleaning standards apply to the Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza Streetscape areas. Here are some guidelines to maintain the beauty of our unique pavers and walkways.
- Pick up litter and trash in the pedestrian area in front of your store on a daily basis
- Remove gum from pavers in front of your business
- Clean high-traffic areas daily to prevent staining of the pavers using mild detergent (e.g. dishwashing soap) and a deck brush or horizontal power scrubber
- Rinse the pavers well after cleaning to prevent dirty water from staining them
- Ensure all street furniture used on the sidewalk is city-approved
- Report any streetscape maintenance issues (broken or damaged pavers, graffiti, damaged streetscape furniture, lighting, etc.) to 786-920-3499
- Pressure clean the pavers
- Allow spills to remain on pavers (they will cause stains)
- Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom, grout or tub cleaners to clean the pavers or benches
- Use general-purpose cleaners such as vinegar, bleach, or ammonia
- Use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone
- Use scouring powders or abrasives, they will scratch the surface
- Use a leaf blower to clear the sidewalk