Florida’s environmental laws require sites to be developed, projects to be built, and facilities to be operated in a manner that is protective of the environment. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issues permits and authorizations for a wide variety of facilities and activities, such as air emission sources, coastal construction, residential and commercial docks, marinas, waste management facilities, and drinking water and wastewater plants. Along with rules and statutes, these authorizations establish criteria and conditions that help safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.
The Southwest District Permitting Program works to ensure protection of the environment and human health while providing the public with fair, consistent and timely customer service.
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.