The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulates the practice of water well contracting, permitting and construction as authorized by Chapter 373, Part III, Florida Statutes (F.S.), Regulation of Wells. DEP rules regulating water well contracting and construction are Chapter 62-531, Water Well Contractor Licensing Requirements and Chapter 62-532, Water Well Permitting and Construction Requirements, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Any person who engages in the business of water well contracting to construct, repair or abandon any water well within the state of Florida must be a Florida licensed water well contractor.
Section 373.303(7), F.S., defines a “well” as:
“Well” means any excavation that is drilled, cored, bored, washed, driven, dug, jetted, or otherwise constructed when the intended use of such excavation is for the location, acquisition, development, or artificial recharge of groundwater, but such term does not include any well for the purpose of obtaining or prospecting for oil, natural gas, minerals, or products of mining or quarrying; for inserting media to dispose of oil brines or to repressure oil-bearing or natural gas-bearing formation; for storing petroleum, natural gas, or other products; or for temporary dewatering of subsurface formations for mining, quarrying, or construction purposes.
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.