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Environmental Resource Permit Applicants

Scheduling a pre-application meeting with SFWMD staff is free, saves time and could result in quicker permit processing time. Project specifics can be discussed during the meeting. Staff will answer questions, offer suggestions and inform applicants what information is required for permit approval.
To schedule a pre-application meeting, please contact us by email at or call (800) 432-2045, ext. 6907. Please be sure to provide the type of project and county location. 

An Environmental Resource Permit is required for development or construction activities to prevent flooding, protect the water quality of Florida's lakes and streams from stormwater pollution, and protect wetlands and other surface waters. The South Florida Water Management District regulates residential and commercial developments, roadway construction and agriculture; while the Florida Department of Environmental Protection oversees power plants, ports, wastewater treatment plants and single-family home projects.

This type of permit is needed for:
  • Dredging and filling in wetlands or surface waters
  • Constructing flood protection facilities
  • Providing storm water containment and treatment
  • Site grading
  • Building dams or reservoirs
  • Other activities affecting state waters

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ERP General Permit for Small Projects Effective July 1, 2012

Self-Certification for "10-2" Permit

There are three types of ERP's: General Permits, Conceptual Approval Permits, and Individual Permits. General Permits and smaller Individual Permits are authorized by District staff. Individual Permits for a project area over 100 acres, or with more than 10 acres of wetland impacts, or more than 30 boat slips are issued by the District's Executive Director. See Chapter 62-330, F.A.C., Applicant's Handbook Volume I and Applicant's Handbook Volume II for a complete discussion of the ERP program, including forms.

Additionally, a General Permit under subsection 403.814(12), F.S. is available for qualifying activities in uplands having less than 10 acres of total project area and less than two acres of impervious surface. This general permit requires submittal of an "electronic self-certification" within 30 days after construction begins. The "electronic self-certification" requirement can be satisfied through use of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) self-certification portal at

In reviewing your application, we are required to weigh whether the proposed activity will, among other things:
  • Cause adverse flooding to on-site or off-site property
  • Cause adverse water quality and quantity impacts
  • Cause adverse impacts to wetlands, fish or wildlife
  • Adversely affect public health, safety and welfare
  • Impair navigation or surface water flows
  • Adversely affect nearby fishing or recreational uses

If your proposed activities would impact wetlands, you will be asked to compensate for those impacts by preserving, restoring, enhancing or creating wetlands either on your property or at an appropriate off-site mitigation location, or by purchasing credits from a mitigation bank. Monitoring of mitigation wetlands is required to ensure their survival and ability to replicate functions of natural wetlands. See Section 10.0 of the ERP Applicant's Handbook Volume I for more information.

Environmental Resource Permit Compliance

The South Florida Water Management District is mandated by provisions of Chapter 373, F.S. to provide periodic compliance inspections for Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs). The Legislative intent is to ensure conformity with the approved plans and specifications and to protect the public health and safety, and the natural resources of the state.

The Environmental Resource Compliance (ERC) Bureau is tasked with providing compliance and enforcement services relating to both permitted and non-permitted projects. Some of the services provided include:
  • Pre-construction meetings
  • Construction inspections of permitted projects
  • Review of Construction Completion Certifications
  • Environmental mitigation and monitoring
  • Investigation and resolution of public complaints
  • Surveillance for unpermitted works
  • Enforcement actions including documentation, notification and resolution
  • Above Ground Impoundment Program
  • Operable Structure Program
  • Coordination with local governments
  • Emergency Management coordination and response
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Sovereign Submerged Lands

If a proposed activity involves work in adjacent water bodies (e.g., Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Okeechobee), SFWMD will generally request a title determination from the State of Florida about claim to the submerged lands.

If the State claims title to the submerged lands, the District will also process any required authorizations from the State of Florida for use of the submerged lands. These authorizations can include consents of use, easements and leases; and must be processed concurrently with the ERP application. (See sections 253.77, 373.422 and 373.427, F.S.; and Chapter 18-21, F.A.C.)


Environmental Resource Permitting Forms »

Environmental Resource Permitting Fees

Fees for Environmental Resource Permits vary depending on the type of activity and the size of the project area. more »


Permit Submittal Locations
Map of the sixteen counties in the South Florida Water Management District. Click your area on map for permit submittal locations. Details shown on the right.Palm Beach CountyMartin CountyHendry CountyGlades CountyCharlotte CountyHighlands CountyOkeechobee CountyPolk CountyOsceola CountySt. Lucie CountyCollier CountyBroward CountyMiami-Dade CountyMonroe CountyOrange CountyLee County
Click your area on map for permit submittal locations.
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Palm Beach
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Monthly Regulatory Meetings
Changes in the Permit Review Process
A 2009 amendment to Chapter 373 of the Florida Statutes delegates to executive directors at the state's five water management districts the authority to approve permit applications related to water resources and the environment. To ensure continuing public involvement, the South Florida Water Management District is strengthening its commitment to transparency and open government by increasing public access to its permitting process via Monthly Regulatory Meetings held for the public.
All meetings start at 10 a.m. at SFWMD Headquarters in the B-1 Auditorium.
Public Meetings Archive (2009 - 2015) »  
If you wish to participate in Public Meetings to discuss Regulatory Matters but cannot attend them in West Palm Beach, you can interact and provide comments during video-conferences at these service centers.

Meetings will also be webcast. You may also send comments to the District about applications for Consumptive Use Permits and Environmental Resource Permits through ePermitting.
Written comments can be mailed to:
South Florida Water Management District
Regulation - MSC 9610
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Virg Cruz
(561) 682-6926

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