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Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) and Sovereign Submerged Lands (SSL) Rules

How to Find an ERP Permit on the FDEP Internet Site

You want to know if a particular ERP permit exists:

The ERP program is implemented jointly by the Department and Florida’s five Water Management Districts. The agencies have developed a shared “Water Permitting Portal” to make it easier to find ERPs and Consumptive Use or Water Use Permits.  Simply select the “Search for ERPs” tab, and then either enter the site address or the permit number (if known), or simply pan and zoom to the area of interest.  The data on the water permitting portal only goes back to 2007, and does not include projects that are exempt from permitting requirements.  For a more in-depth search of Department-issued permits and verified exemptions or self-certifications, you may also want to search using the Department’s “Map Direct” GIS application. First, zoom to your area of interest. Under “Layers”, select “PA” (or if you want to see only ERP permitting information, you may also choose “ERP PA”). Map Direct will show icons on all locations with associated PA data records. You may click with the information tool on any icon to view the permit number, permittee name, etc.

You may also directly search the Department’s Permitting Application (PA) system. This search function will retrieve permit application(s) under review by FDEP based on the FDEP office processing the application, and when it was received by the Agency. When executing a search, specify the FDEP office and the date range in which FDEP received permit application(s) then press “Search.”  


You wish to obtain a copy of a particular permit:

You will need to determine which Agency issued the permit, and contact that office. After you identify the permit number of interest, contact the appropriate FDEP District or Water Management District (WMD) office to obtain a copy.

Permits and other publicly-available documents held by the Department may be found using the Department’s Information Portal, “Nexus”, which is a user-friendly search interface to retrieve documents from DEP’s OCULUS archival database. Alternatively, users can search the OCULUS database, directly.


You wish to be notified of future applications for permits:

Create a subscription to the Department’s Permit Application Subscription Service (PASS) system. This free service enables you to customize your notification preferences, including selecting multiple application types and defining your geographic area of interest (by county, or within a defined radius from a point you select). The PASS system will automatically send you an email notification whenever the Department receives a permit application that meets your subscription criteria. The email will specify the type of authorization being applied for, and provide you with the application tracking number. With this information, you can contact your local FDEP District Office staff to obtain updates on the status of any application currently under review.

Last updated: March 06, 2017

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