Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which building is the Capitol Building?

The main Capitol Building is the twenty-two story tower of offices and meeting rooms. Affixed to the tower are 2 five story domed structures which contain the House and Senate Chambers, public galleries, meeting rooms and state offices. The House and Senate Office Buildings are connected to the Capitol Building by covered walkways and house some of the legislators' offices and committee meeting rooms. The Knott Building is also connected by covered walkway to the Capitol Building. The Knott Building contains offices for the Governor, the Senate and the House of Representatives, plus two multimedia state of the art meeting rooms.
 
  • What do they use the old Capitol for now?
The Historic Old Capitol is the restored 1902 Florida Capitol Building. The Historic Capitol is now used as a museum with first class exhibits reflecting the history of the State of Florida.
 
  • When is the Capitol Building open to the public?
Except for state holidays, the Capitol is open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Capitol Complex is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Historic Old Capitol Building is open seven days a week, except for state holidays.
 
  • When visiting the Capitol, are there items that I'm not allowed to have?
Yes. Florida Caipitol Police has compiled a list of items that are prohibited at the Capitol Complex. Please view the Prohibited Items List for more information.

Exceptions to the prohibited items list may be given on a case-by-case basis through the Capitol Police Director or designee.  It is highly encouraged to reserve spaces in and around the Capitol Complex for events through the Department of Management Services Capitol Complex Events Reservations page.
 
  • Where can I park when visiting the Capitol?
Florida welcomes many visitors to the Capitol Complex throughout the year. Visitor parking is available around the Capitol Complex in a variety of different locations. The City of Tallahassee has many metered spaces on city streets that surround the Capitol. Public parking is available in Lot 4 at the intersection of South Calhoun Street and Apalachee Parkway (US Highway 27 South). Additional paid parking is located on South Duval Street at West Jefferson Street in Kleman Plaza. Visitor parking is also available on Level 3 of Lot E. The entrance is located on Bronough Street. These spaces are clearly marked "VISITOR" Disabled parking is available in the North Loading Zone area at the intersection of South Adams Street and West Jefferson Street, directly across from Tallahassee City Hall. More information is available on the Department of Management Services website.

Additional parking information can be found on the Department of Management Services websiteCity of Tallahassee Public Parking Map.  
 
  • Is it possible to reserve space at the Capitol for meetings or events?
Yes it is possible to reserve space for meetings and events, however this is not managed directly by Florida Capitol Police. The Department of Management Services (DMS) can assist with the reservation process for designated public spaces at the Capitol Complex and other DMS facilities in Tallahassee. The process by which DMS approves, coordinates and oversees requests to use public space is included in these guidelines and is performed in accordance with Chapter 60H-6, Florida Administrative Code. Please visit the DMS Capitol Complex Events Reservations page for forms and additional information.
 
  • When does the Florida Legislature meet?
The Legislature convenes on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. The regular Legislative Session lasts for 60 days.
 
  • How do I find out what positions are available with Capitol Police and apply for those which interest me?
Job vacancies are listed on the People First website. Should you wish to complete and submit your application electronically, you can do so by accessing this website.

General information on how to apply for a position can be obtained by calling the People First Service Center at 877-562-7287.

For additional information please contact Lieutenant John Hamilton, (850) 488-1790