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Southwest District Permitting

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Apply for a PermitSchedule a Pre-Application MeetingFlorida’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.

In coordination with DEP's regulatory divisions of Air Resource Management, Water Resource Management and Waste Management, the Southwest District Permitting Program is responsible for issuing permits and other authorizations associated with:

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Citizen Concerns or Complaints

If you would like to submit an environmental concern to the Southwest District, please fill out this form or call the district office at 813-470-5700.

Southwest District Permitting Program Contact Name Contact Information

Air Resources

Permitting associated with stationary sources of air pollution.

Melissa Madden


Potable Water, Industrial Wastewater

Permitting associated with drinking water facilities and distribution systems to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water standards; Permitting associated with Industrial Wastewater.

Gerald "JJ" Loesch


Environmental Resources

Permitting for activities in wetlands, surface waters or state lands; dredge & fill; stormwater ponds; docks/piers; boat ramps; shoreline stabilization.

Shannon Lenhart


Solid Waste

Permitting associated with solid waste disposal and processing sites (landfills; waste transfer stations, dumping; waste tires; storm debris).

Melissa Madden


Domestic Wastewater

Permitting associated with domestic (sanitary sewage from residents, businesses, etc.) wastewater.

Gerald "JJ" Loesch


Southwest District Program Information

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