Operating Agreements ERP Permitting: DEP District Offices and the Water Management District Offices
The Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) Program regulates activities involving the alteration of surface water flows. This includes new activities in uplands that generate stormwater runoff from upland construction, as well as dredging and filling in wetlands and other surface waters.
Environmental Resource Permit applications and state-owned submerged lands authorizations are processed by either the one of the department's six district offices or one of Florida's five water management districts (WMD): St. Johns River WMD, Suwannee River WMD, Northwest Florida WMD, South Florida WMD and Southwest Florida WMD. Operating agreements between the department and the WMDs specify which agency will process each type of application. The staff of the department and the WMDs will be happy to help applicants determine the appropriate agency for an application.
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.