The Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) Program regulates activities involving the alteration of surface water flows. This includes new activities in uplands that generate stormwater runoff from that construction, as well as dredging and filling in wetlands and other surface waters. ERP applications are processed pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S.
Once an ERP application is received, the department has up to 30 days to determine if the application is complete, or to issue a Request for Additional Information (RAI) if more information is needed. When the application is deemed complete, the department has 60 days to either issue a permit (or a Notice of Intent to Issue) if the activity meets the ERP permitting criteria, or issue a Notice of Denial (or Notice of Intent to Deny) if the activity does not.
As part of the application review process, the department sends copies of ERP applications to potentially interested governmental agencies for review and comment. The department evaluates a permit application based on Florida statutes and rules to ensure that all aspects of the proposed activity follow Florida law and are protective of the environment and human health and safety. The department does not issue any permit that does not comply with Florida law.
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.