The Division of State Lands’ Bureau of Appraisal supports the land acquisition, disposition and management activities of the division by contracting with independent appraisers throughout the state for appraisal services. The purpose of these appraisals is to obtain an unbiased opinion of the overall value of the property to be purchased or sold, or the values of easements, leases, conservation easements, or special purpose properties, such as boat slips.
These same appraisal services are offered to agencies outside the Division of State Lands, including DEP's Division of Recreation and Parks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Education and the Florida Circuit Courts.
The bureau maintains a list of state-certified appraisers who meet the requirements to perform appraisals for the division and the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Governor and Cabinet). This list is made available to counties, municipalities, water management districts and other governmental agencies for their use in selecting appraisers.
The Bureau of Appraisal assists in the process of acquiring environmentally sensitive land; obtaining appraisals is a part of the land acquisition process to ensure that a fair price is paid for the land.
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.