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Brownfields Program

Brownfields Redevelopment Act  

The primary goals of the Brownfields Redevelopment Act are to reduce public health and environmental hazards on existing commercial and industrial sites that are abandoned or underused, create financial and regulatory incentives to encourage voluntary cleanup and redevelopment of sites, and derive appropriate cleanup target levels.  Additionally, the act  provides a process for obtaining a "No Further Action" letter using risk-based corrective action principles along with  the opportunity for environmental equity and justice. Please view the Memorandum of Agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 4 for complete information.

Brownfields Program Incentives:

  • Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits (VCTC).
    • Partially offsets the cost of site rehabilitation or solid waste removal.
  • Cleanup liability protection as provided under Florida Statute (F.S.) 376.82.
  • Regulatory framework for cleanup:
    • Risk-based corrective action.
    • Dedicated staff.
    • Expedited technical review.
  • Up to $2,500 Job Bonus Tax Refund:
    • For each new job created by an eligible business on or abutting a site with a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA). 
    • This bonus is available to any eligible company, including those that do not fall under one of the targeted industries.
    • This incentive is approved by Florida Commerce (formerly the Department of Economic Opportunity [DEO]). To apply, please contact Maureen Smith by email or phone at 850-245-7227.  
  • Refund on Sales and Use Tax Paid on Building Materials: 
    • Offered through the Department of Revenue (DOR), this refund applies to building materials used in the construction of a qualified home, affordable housing, or mixed-use affordable housing projects built on or abutting a site with a BSRA.
    • The completion of the following two DOR applications is necessary to apply:
  • For a list of possible local incentives, read section 376.84, F.S. and contact your local government.

Brownfield Areas and Sites:

 BSRA Documents:

Brownfield Grant Opportunities:

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For more information, contact the Brownfields Program Manager:

Scott Sweeney, Environmental Manager
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Mail Station 4535
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

850-245-8958

Scott.L.Sweeney@FloridaDEP.gov

Last Modified:
February 28, 2024 - 2:36pm

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