A Water Use Permit (WUP) authorizes the consumptive use of particular quantities of ground or surface water. The Florida Statutes (Chapters 120 and 373) and Florida Administrative Code (Chapters 40D-1 and 40D-2) prescribe rules for applying for a water use permit. The applicant submits the application form, all required supplemental information forms, and all required documentation so that the District Water Use Permit Bureau evaluation staff can determine if the use of water is reasonable and beneficial, does not interfere with any presently existing legal use of water, and is consistent with the public interest. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide reasonable assurances for this on both an individual and cumulative basis. Information pertaining to the District’s water use permitting process is described in Chapters 40D-1 and 40D-2 of the Florida Administrative Code and the District’s Water Use Permit Applicant’s Handbook.
h2. Water Use Permit Types
WUPs are based primarily on the amount of water needed.
Water use is divided into seven use types. Many WUPs are for combinations of these uses. Supplemental information forms for the specific use type must be completed as part of the application package. The predominant uses are:
Most WUPs have two types of quantities, but some have three.
Before a WUP will be issued for a project that requires both a WUP and an ERP, a completed ERP application must be submitted. In some cases, the issuance of the WUP may be dependent upon the ERP being deemed complete. Often, the ERP permit takes longer, so plan accordingly.
Some withdrawal points for an application may be in an area of water resource concern. If so, please be aware that restrictions may apply.
Water Use Caution Areas (special rules apply):
• Dover/Plant City Water Use Caution Area
• Southern Water Use Caution Area
• Northern Tampa Bay Water Use Caution Area
Areas of Water Resource Concern (general hydrogeologic areas where applicants are known to have difficulty meeting Chapter 40D-2, F.A.C., permitting criteria):
• Wellfield Impacted Area (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties)
• Hillsborough River Groundwater Basin
• Upper Peace River Groundwater Basin
• Watershed and groundwater basin for the Joshua, Shell and Prairie Creek system
• Minimum Flows and Levels (listed in Chapter 40D-8, Florida Administrative Code)