The Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office in Royal Palm Beach will permanently close on Friday, Feb. 11, and the agency’s new office in the City of Westlake will open on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
The new, 23,735-square-foot service center is located at 16640 Town Center Parkway South in Westlake, about nine miles from the current Royal Palm Beach location.
The agency, which collects taxes and issues automobile registrations, boat registrations, state IDs and driver’s licenses, acquired the 4.63-acre site from Westlake’s primary developer, Minto Communities. The parcel is adjacent to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 22, which opened in January 2020 on a site donated by Minto.
The Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office is constitutionally authorized to collect taxes for local government agencies authorized to levy them. As an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the office is responsible for issuing licenses and other state ID cards, and titles and registrations for cars and trucks. It is also responsible for issuing state hunting and fishing licenses.
Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon has said that the Royal Palm Beach office is no longer able to provide adequate services due to the growing population.
The Westlake civic site is expected to eventually take on other county services currently located at the Midwestern Communities Service Center at 200 Civic Center Way in Royal Palm Beach, including the District 18 Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation, a youth services center, offices for the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser and the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.
The new Tax Collector’s Office will be bordered on three sides by other civic uses and separated from yet-to-be-constructed homes to the east along Ilex Way, which will intersect at that point with Town Center Parkway.
With a towering glass and steel framework, the building was designed by Song & Associates, which has designed several civic buildings throughout Palm Beach County.
Many services provided by the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office can be done online. Learn more at www.pbctax.com.