DEP's goal is to partner with communities and businesses to protect natural resources and promote economic growth. The Central District works proactively to achieve compliance with environmental regulations that protect those resources and that support our livelihoods and our ways of life.
To help residents and business owners avoid penalties and to protect Florida’s resources, DEP provides compliance assistance through site visits, technical support, workshops, pre-application meetings and online, printable materials.
In a normal year, the district will conduct about 2,000 inspections, of which about 400 investigate complaints. District compliance assistance centers primarily on the following programs:
Emergency response - responds to incidents ranging from petroleum spills to chemical plant explosions to coastal oil spills. Provides on-site technical assistance and coordinates with local public safety officials and emergency response contractors to ensure threats are quickly and effectively addressed.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.