The Release of Reservation application is used to apply for the release of canal reservations, road right-of-way reservations or the release of right-of-entry and exploration for oil and mineral reservation, which are served in favor of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund of the State of Florida (Board of Trustees).
If you are applying for State Board of Education release of canal reservation, road right-of-way reservation or the release of right-of-entry and exploration for oil and mineral reservation, which are reserved in favor of the Board of Education Deeds, applications must be submitted to the Florida Department of Education:
Florida Department of Education
Office of General Counsel
325 West Gaines St., STE 1244
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
The South Florida Water Management District requires submittal of the SFWMD application along with fees in addition to DEP's application.
Each application type must be submitted to DEP with the following:
A legible copy of the original Board of Trustees deed containing the reservation.
A legible copy of present owner's deed.
A current survey and legal description, on 8 ½” x 11” page size, of the subject property, including the section, township and range.
(If applying for an oil/mineral release, the legal description must contain acreage of tract)
Recommendation by the appropriate agency for a canal or road right-of-way release or special requirements for release of right-of-entry for oil/mineral reservation.
When requesting the release of a road right-of-way reservation, a recommendation from the appropriate Florida Department of Transportation District Office and/or county public works department is required.
When requesting the release of canal reservation, a recommendation from the appropriate Water Management District is required.
Application fee of $300 (non-refundable) in the form of check per release and/or reactivation of an existing application.
Satisfactory evidence certifying that the applicant is the legal record owner of the subject land.
Satisfactory evidence of title shall mean a current title insurance policy or current title insurance binder or commitment, not more than 6 months old, issued by a title insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Florida or an opinion of title prepared by a member of the Florida Bar, covering title to the lands involved and indicating any mineral or other interest.
Signature of present owner(s) record
For express processing, please email your completed application to Upland.Applications@FloridaDEP.gov and mail your application fee in the form of a check and reference your application in the memo field to:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands
Bureau of Public Land Administration
3800 Commonwealth Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
October 27, 2022 - 8:56am
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