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FAQ: Appraisal Services

Frequently asked Questions about DEP Appraisal Services

Q. Why does DEP's Division of State Lands' Bureau of Appraisal maintain a list of appraisers when the Department of Business and Professional Regulation provides a list of all state licensed and certified appraisers?
A. All appraisals and appraisal reviews conducted for acquisition or disposition of state lands must be conducted by appraisers on the Division of State Land's Approved Appraiser List, pursuant to Rule 18-1.007(2), F.A.C.
Q. What are the rules and laws governing the procedures for the Bureau of Appraisal?
A. See Florida Administrative Code Chapters 18-1 (State Land Acquisition Procedures), 18-2 (Management of Uplands Vested in the Board of Trustees) and 18-21 (Sovereignty Submerged Lands Management).
Q. How does someone become licensed or certified to appraise real estate?
A. Certification and licensing is handled by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate, Real Estate Appraisal Board.
Q. Who is responsible for issuing and updating the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)?
A. The Appraisal Foundation is charged with maintaining the USPAP.
Q. Does the Bureau of Appraisal require appraisers to adhere to the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA or “Yellow Book”)?
A. Under some circumstances the Division of State Lands requires appraisals to be performed to these standards. However, the appraiser will be made aware of such requirement prior to bidding on the assignment.

Additional Bureau of Appraisal (BA) information listed below is available for download from the DEP FTP site.

What is an FTP site?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and an FTP site is a server on the internet that uses this protocol. Users access this in the form of a website that stores files for downloading and uploading.

How do I use the FTP site to access the content from the Division of State Lands?

You follow the links provided below. The links will go to the correct location on the FTP site, so you will be able to identify which file you need from the file name. Click on the file and either select “Open” or “Save” it to a location on your computer.

If I have more questions, whom should I contact?

Please contact the Division of State Lands at 850-245-2555. You will need to be able to tell the receptionist which internet page you are using to download the file, so your call can be directed to the correct area. For example: You are currently on the Bureau of Appraisal Services (BA) internet page

Q. How does an appraiser get on the Approved Appraiser List?
A. They must complete and submit an application for review. Please contact the Bureau of Appraisal at 850-245-2555 for additional information.
Q. How can I get a copy of the Approved Appraiser List?
A. An electronic copy is available here. If you have any additional questions, please call the Bureau of Appraisal at 850-245-2555.
Q. What is different about appraisals performed for the Board of Trustees as compared to those performed for banks, estates or other purposes?
A. Appraisals performed for the Board of Trustees must conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the Supplemental Appraisal Standards for Board of Trustees and sometimes federal appraisal procedures.
Q. Are there specific procedures for performing timber appraisals?
A. The Division of State Lands, Bureau of Appraisal coordinates timber appraisals with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service. The procedures for timber appraisals can be found in the Timber Cruise/Timber Appraisal (TCTA) Standards. Please contact the Bureau of Appraisal at 850-245-2555 for more information.


Last Modified:
September 12, 2019 - 11:15am

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