Section 373.441 of the Florida Statutes provides authority for the department and the water management districts to delegate all or a portion of the Environmental Resource Permit Program to local governments. To implement this statutory authority, the department adopted a rule, Chapter 62-344, Florida Administrative Code, to guide local governments in the application process, and the criteria that will be used to approve or deny a delegation request. Below is the status of various local government delegations.
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.