A water use permit (WUP) allows withdrawal of a specified amount of water,
either from the ground or from a lake or river.
Water Use Permits
A WUP is a state license to use the ground or surface water natural resources.
The Florida Statutes (Chapters 120 and 373)
and Florida Administrative Code (Chapters
40D-1 and 40D-2) prescribe rules for applying for one. The applicant
submits the application form, all required supplemental information forms,
and all required documentation so that the District Water Use Regulation
evaluation staff (mostly geologists) can determine if the use of water is
reasonable and beneficial, does not impact an existing legal use, and is
in the public interest. The responsibility is on the applicant to provide
reasonable assurances for this on both an individual and cumulative basis. Chapters
40D-1 and 40D-2 of the Florida Administrative Code and the District’s
Water Use Permit Information Manual describes the entire water use permitting
Water Use Permit Types
There are three types of WUPs based primarily
on the amount of water needed for a year.
Individual: 500,000 gpd or more
General: 100,000 gpd or more, but less than 500,000
gpd (also includes some uses less than 100,000 gpd)
Small general: most uses less than 100,000 gpd
Water use is divided into five use types. Many
WUPs are for combinations of these uses. For individual and general WUPs,
supplemental information forms for the specific use type must be completed.
The five predominant uses are:
Industrial or commercial
Mining or dewatering
Recreation or aesthetic
Most WUPs have two types of quantities, but
some have three.
Annual average* – Sum the gallons needed for a calendar
year and divide by 365 days per year for an annual average gallons per day
Peak month – sum the gallons needed for the month that
you expect to be your highest water-use month and divide by the number of
days in that month for a gpd per month total.
Crop protection (maximum daily) – If the application
is for irrigation of temperature-sensitive crops (such as citrus, strawberries
or tropical plants), water is permitted to protect them from frost and freeze
damage. This amount may be limited by the 24-hour capacity of the withdrawal
point (well or surface water withdrawal pipe). Know how many hours in a
row the withdrawal point will likely be pumped during a freeze event, the
pump capacity, and how many consecutive days the withdrawal point will likely
be used during the freeze.
* In the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA), irrigation quantities
for crops and plants which utilize rainfall to supply part of their irrigation
needs are based on average rainfall conditions. A higher amount is given
to use during times when there is less than average rainfall. An applicant
may use the District’s online irrigation calculation program (AGMOD)
to determine quantities for all irrigation needs.
Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) – Before a WUP will
be issued for a project that requires both a WUP and an ERP, a completed ERP
application must be submitted. Often, the ERP permit takes longer, so
ERP Requirement Waiver – If your property is located in
an area where the WUP may not be granted because of water resource problems,
the requirement for a complete ERP application may be waived. This waiver
is designed to save you the time and money of getting an ERP only to be denied
a WUP. However, if this requirement is waived, and a WUP is issued, a special
condition of the WUP will stipulate that no well construction permits will
be granted, and no water from existing withdrawal points may be used until
the completed ERP application is submitted.
Area of Water Resource Concern – Some withdrawal points
for this project may be in an area of water resource concern. If so, please
be aware that restrictions may apply.
Water Use Caution Areas (special
Dover/Plant City area
Southern Water Use Caution Area, inside the Most Impacted Area
Southern Water Use Caution Area, outside of the Most Impacted 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
Minimum Flows and Levels (listed in Chapter 40D-8, Florida Administrative
Some paper forms are still required until the ePermitting transition is
complete. Please note: Data typed into these forms cannot
be saved using free PDF-reader software. Please print your completed form
if you would like a copy for your records. In order to save the form and
data, additional software must be purchased.
Except for an application for a Water Use Permit (WUP) for Mining or Dewatering
of Materials Other Than Phosphate, all applications for a WUP require submittal
of an application form that is dependent upon the water demand annual average
quantities requested and one or more attachments (for Small General WUPs)
or one or more supplemental forms (for General and Individual WUPs). Choose
the appropriate application form and include the appropriate attachment(s)
or supplemental form(s). Note, as of October 5, 2009, all applications
and attachments except for the Application to Renew a Small General WUP
for Agricultural Use are available as online applications.
To renew or modify or apply for a new water use permit
Application (Small General) - Use for quantities less than 100,000 gallons per day (Form LEG-R.027.01; Rule 40D-2.101(2)(c) – Dec 2010)
Application (General) - Use for quantities of 100,000 to 499,999 gallons per day (Form LEG-R.028.01; 40D-2.101(2)(b) – Dec 2010)
Application (Individual) - Use for quantities of 500,000 gallons per day or greater (Form LEG-R.029.01; Rule 40D-2.101(2)(a) – Dec 2010)
Application for Mining or Dewatering Materials Other Than Phosphate - Pursuant to Rules 40D-2.101(2)(d) and 40D-2.331(2)(a), Florida Administrative Code, applications for Mining and Dewatering for a new or for renewal or modification of an existing Water Use Permit for mining and dewatering uses other than phosphate mining shall be made using this application form.) (Form LEG-R.048.01; Rule 40D-201(2)(d) – August 2011, Applicants for mining and/or dewatering phosphate materials are to call the District for the appropriate application form.)
Small General Water Use Permit Public Supply - Note, this attachment can be used for applicants for public supply for less than 100,000 gpd on an annual average basis when the permit is metered. (Form LEG-R.045.00; Rule 40D-2.101(2)(c) – Dec. 2009)
General/individual Supplemental Forms
These forms are to be completed and included for the appropriate use type
with all applications WUPs for more than 100,000 gpd. Include all that apply.
Application Supplemental Forms – Agriculture - This form is to be completed for General and Individual Water Use Permit Applications that have an agricultural component to the water demand. (Form LEG-R.030.01; Rule 40D-2.101(2)(a)1 – Dec 2010)
Application Supplemental Forms – Public Supply - Note, applications for public supply for annual average quantites less than 100,000 gpd that are currently required to submit meter readings are classified as a General Water User Permit. However, the Small General Public Supply Attachment (above) may be substituted for this supplemental form. (Form LEG-R.033.01; Rule 40D-2.101(2)(a)4 – Sept. 2009)
These forms are to be included with applications for a WUP in the Dover/Plant
City Water Use Caution Area. Include as specified.
Dover/Plant City Water Use Caution Area Supplemental Form - Other than applicants to renew their water use permit (WUP) with no changes, or applicants for partial or full transfer of a WUP, this form must be completed by any water use permit (WUP) applicant that has at least one withdrawal point located in the Dover/Plant City Water Use Caution Area. (Form – R.050.01; Rule 40D-2.101(7) – August 2011)
SWUCA Net Benefit Supplemental Form - This form is to be included in applications that use a Net Benefit other than ground water replacement. Refer to the Water Use Permit Information Manual, Part B. (Form LEG-R.010.01 – April 2009)
Public Supply Annual Report - Use for the Submission of Public Supply Annual Water Use for a General Water Use Permit For Less Than 100,000 GPD Annual Average Quantities (Form LEG-R.047.00 (09/09); Rule 40D-2.091(2)(j), F.A.C.)
Public Supply Annual Report Form - Use for submission of the Public Supply Annual Report for Public Supply water use permits for annual average quantities of 100,000 gpd or more. ((Form LEG-R.023.00 (09/09); Rule 40D-2.091(2)(h)))
Irrigation Water Use Forms for the SWUCA - Irrigation Water Use Forms for the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA) are not available online. Call the Service Office that administers your permit for additional copies.