During the 2010 session, the Legislature amended Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, and revised last year’s mandatory permit delegation requirements by which water resource permits are approved by the state’s five water management districts.
In June 2009, legislation was enacted that mandated delegation to staff for agency actions on all individual water use permits (WUPs) and environmental resource permits (ERPs) and on all petitions for waivers or variances of permitting requirements.
The Legislature has recently amended Chapter 373, F.S., to revise last year’s mandatory permit delegation requirements. Pursuant to the new law, Chapter 2010-205, Laws of Florida L. 2010 Ch.205 (formerly Senate Bill 550), the delegation of all individual WUPs to staff is now discretionary. Delegation to staff of all individual ERPs and all petitions for variances or waivers of permitting requirements continues to be mandatory. In light of the new legislation, the Governing Board voted on June 29, 2010, to continue delegation of individual WUPs, with the executive director retaining the right to refer a WUP application to the Governing Board for final action.
The District will continue to schedule monthly public meetings to allow the public an opportunity to comment on pending individual ERP and WUP applications. The monthly report of permits approved by the executive director will continue to be included as an information item on the Governing Board agenda.
Public input is an important part of the permitting process. The following information explains how and when the public can become engaged in the process.
Public Meetings for Pending Permit Applications
To ensure that the public continues to have opportunities to provide “in person” input into the District’s permitting process, the executive director will hold public meetings prior to making permitting decisions.
These meetings are held monthly (view our events calendar and look for any scheduled “Public Meeting for Pending Permit Applications”). This public input process will continue to be evaluated and changes made as needed.
To Become Aware of Permit Applications, Intended Actions or to Comment on an Application
The District posts all information about e-permitting and permit applications on its web site. To view pending permit applications, visit the District’s permitting pages regarding well construction permit applications, WUP applications or ERP applications. Here you can search for pending applications by permit application number, project name or by county.
There are additional ways to receive information about permit applications or to provide comments on a permit application:
- Write to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899.
- Present comments to service office directors or the executive director via mail or email, or schedule an appointment for discussion of comments.
Public meetings are held prior to permitting decisions on applications for individual permits. To comment in person, attend the appropriate permitting public meeting when the pending permit application of interest is on the agenda. If you have submitted a comment via one of the written or electronic means described above, you are not required to attend the meeting to have your comment considered prior to the permitting decision.
For additional information about the permitting process, contact:
District Headquarters (serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Pasco and Sumter counties)
2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34604-6899
Florida toll-free 1-800-423-1476
Tampa Service Office (serving Hillsborough and Pinellas counties)
7601 U.S. Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33637-6759
Florida toll-free 1-800-836-0797
Bartow Service Office (serving Hardee, Highlands and Polk counties)
170 Century Boulevard
Bartow, FL 33830-7700
Florida toll-free 1-800-492-7862
Sarasota Service Office (serving Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties)
6750 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34240-9711
Florida toll-free 1-800-320-3503