Public Access and Fees
To receive CVA funds, facilities must provide
public access to pumpout equipment. It does not
matter if the facility is private. If the public
has access to and is welcome to use the
facility’s pumpout equipment, it is eligible to
apply for funding.
Grant recipients are encouraged to offer pumpout services
free of charge. However, facilities receiving CVA funds are
allowed to charge up to $5.00 per vessel for pumpouts.
Proceeds from pumpout fees must be used exclusively to
defray operation and maintenance costs of the pumpout
equipment. Facilities that want to charge more than $5.00
must submit an itemized cost justification and obtain
written approval from DEP’s CVA Program to do so.
Facilities that charge pumpout fees are required to
account for them in quarterly pumpout reports.
All applicants for CVA grants (private businesses and government entities) must register with the State of Florida Department of Management Services vendor system. If you are not a registered vendor, register at:
If you need assistance registering, contact the Vendor Help Desk at 1-866-352-3776 or e-mail
Private businesses (not applicable to government entities) applying for CVA grants must also register with the State of Florida, Division of Corporations. If you are not registered, register at:
How to register:
1. Go to www.sunbiz.org
2. Select “On-Line Filing”
3. Go to bottom of Disclaimer page and click “Accept”
4. Select a Document Type:
Articles of Incorporation for Florida Profit Corporation
Articles of Incorporation for Florida Non-Profit Corporation
Articles of Incorporation for Florida Limited Partnership
Articles of Incorporation for Florida Limited Liability Company
5. Click Add Filing
6. Complete form and submit
Applications will not be processed without appropriate business registration.
On March 18, 2011, the Department of Financial Services (DFS)
launched the Florida Vendor Website. All vendors, including
MFMP vendors, contractors, utilities, local government
entities, and State agencies doing business with the State
are required to register and submit an Electronic Florida
Substitute Form W-9 through this website. Submissions of
paper Forms W-9, MFMP or other previous registrations will
not satisfy this requirement. Effective November 7, 2011,
any vendor that has not registered on this website will not
be permitted to receive new orders or contracts for goods or
services or to receive any payments from the State.
Before we will be able to enter into a contract with your
business, you will need to apply for a W-9 Form via the
Florida Vendor Registration website. It may take up to two
or three weeks to get your business into their system and
showing “valid W-9 on file.” Please register your business
as a vendor with the state of Florida immediately using the
The following insurance requirements apply to all grant applicants that are not self- insured government entities, i.e. city, county, state or federal facilities:
- Facilities must be insured with carriers licensed in or eligible to do business in Florida.
- Government entities that are self insured, please include a letter with application stating the applicant is self insured.
- Facilities must maintain insurance coverage at no less than the following limits:
- Commercial General Liability
$300,000 aggregate/$100,000 per occurrence
- Automobile Liability
$300,000 Combined Single Limit for business - owned vehicles;
$300,000 hired & non-owned liability coverage
If your facility owns commercial vehicles proof of coverage is required. If your facility does not own commercial vehicles, please attach a letter with your application stating no commercial vehicles are owned or operated by your facility.
- Workers Compensation
As required by Florida Workers’ Compensation Law
- The facility’s current Certificate of Insurance must be submitted with the grant application form. The certificate must name the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an additional insured and contain a provision that the insurance will not be canceled for any reason except after thirty (30) days written notice (with the exception of non-payment of premium which requires a 10 day notice).
The primary insurance carrier for your facility should be familiar with the Certificate of Insurance and should be able to provide it to you upon request.
Applications that do not include a completed Certificate of Insurance cannot be processed or approved.
Sample Certificate of Insurance
Workers Compensation Exemption Form
Facilities must have all permits applicable to the pumpout project in place in order for DEP to process the application and approve funding.
Failure to obtain required permits prior to placing a pump-out system/equipment into operation can result in enforcement actions and civil penalties.
Marina pump-out systems are required to obtain permits from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or the Florida Department of Health (DOH) as provided below:
I. The current agreement between the DEP and the DOH contains the following wastewater permitting requirements for marina pump-out facilities in accordance with the Florida Administrative Code:
Environmental Resource Permits & Sovereign Submerged Land Use
a. Permitting of marina pump-out systems applies only to onshore facilities and not facilities on vessels.
II. Regulatory responsibility for an OSTDS or a wastewater treatment facility shall be determined based on the establishment’s domestic wastewater flow, including the flow to any on-site holding tanks from marina pump-out facilities. For jurisdictional flow purposes, it will be assumed that the average boat holding tank has a capacity of 15 gallons. The criteria contained in Attachment 5 of the Interagency Agreement will be used as guidance to review these facilities.
b. At marinas where the wastewater is disposed of using a DOH-regulated on-site sewage treatment and disposal system (OSTDS), the pump-out system will be permitted and regulated by DOH.
c. At marinas where the domestic wastewater is discharged into a DEP-regulated collection/transmission system to an offsite wastewater treatment facility, and the offsite treatment facility objects to the introduction of marina pump-out wastes into their system, the marina pump-out system will be served by an DOH-regulated holding tank. The contents of any holding tank receiving wastes from marina pump-out facilities shall be transported by an FDOH-licensed hauler to a DEP-regulated treatment facility for treatment and disposal.
d. The DEP will regulate the pump-out systems at marinas using an FDEP-permitted wastewater treatment plant located at the marina site. At marinas where the flow from the pump-out facilities is combined with the domestic wastewater and is treated by a DEP-regulated wastewater treatment plant, the marina pump-out facilities will be served by the DEP permitted wastewater treatment plant. Any modifications to the existing wastewater collection and treatment systems will require DEP permits in accordance with Florida Administrative Code.
III. Please be advised that any groundwater displaced during the construction must be contained and shall not result in the release of groundwater to adjacent properties and/or surface water.
Construction activities that occur within or over wetlands and/or surface waters could require environmental resource permits or sovereign submerged lands authorization. For more information, see
If you have questions or need information about permits specific to your pumpout project, contact DEP’s regional offices and staff. You also are encouraged to contact city and county authorities for information on local permitting.
Applicants must submit two written quotes for any equipment costs that exceed $2,500. Quotes must be signed by the vendor and submitted with the application form.
- Vendor quotes must be for items alike in function, operation and purpose. For example, if you want to purchase and install a diaphragm pump, the quotes must be for two diaphragm pumps, not one quote for a diaphragm pump and one quote for a peristaltic pump. While their purposes are similar, these pumps operate differently and are not comparable in cost. The same applies for electrical, plumbing, and other installation and construction services.
- If you do not choose the lowest-priced vendor, you must provide written justification for using the higher priced one. Before beginning any work requiring the use of goods or services that cost more than $2,500, you must have obtained and submitted two vendor quotes. The Department cannot reimburse you without this documentation.
- A list of
pumpout equipment vendors/suppliers is provided for information purposes. This listing may not include all suppliers. The Department of Environmental Protection does not endorse any company or vendor’s products or services.
Prior to approving funding for purchase and installation of pumpout equipment, a
DEP District Office Coordinator will visit your facility to determine if any permits are needed for your project, and to ensure that the proposed pumpout location allows for proper sewage disposal.
This is not a regulatory visit. This visit allows DEP staff to provide guidance on the project and answer any questions you may have.
Allowable Expenses and Budget Estimating Tips
The following definitions and budget tips are provided to help you complete the application form and estimate your CVA project budget. Cost ranges are based on historical records and are included for information purposes only.
Please note these “guidelines” will not apply to all CVA project budgets.
Fees for city, county and state permits required for
installation and operation of pump out equipment.
- Cost Range: $500 - $2,000
Costs for project planning and design of pumpout and dumpout facilities; retaining walls to protect pumpout
unit or holding tanks.
- Cost Range: Cost will vary by location and site; estimates should be available from the service provider.
Costs for renovating an existing facility to accommodate the installation and operation of a pumpout unit or dumpout
facility. Note: In-house labor cost is not directly reimbursable. If
facility staff does the renovation work, the cost of their labor can only be
used as match.
- Cost Range: Cost will vary by location and site.
Cost of pumpout unit or waste receptacle equipment, including
delivery/freight charges and sales tax.
Cost of pumpout vessel, including motor, delivery/freight charges and sales tax.
- Cost Range: $10,000 - $22,000 per unit
Meters to measure gallons pumped and runtime counters are available by various sources and can be installed with pumpout equipment. This equipment is helpful in determining pumpout gallons to be reported quarterly to DEP.
- Cost Range: $80,000 - $90,000 per vessel
Cost of piping, plumbing, wiring, materials, supplies, delivery charges and contracted labor to install pumpout.
Note: In-house labor cost is not directly reimbursable. If facility staff does the installation, the cost of their labor can only be used as match.
- Cost Range: $1,000 - $2,500 per unit
Cost to operate pumpout equipment and pumpout vessels: salary for marina staff to perform pumpouts and log pumpout
activity for reporting to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. If marina staff is doing any portion of the
project, a “Budget Cost Worksheet Form” is to be completed by the grantee to
pre-estimate the salary costs. Operations is the only category in which the
grantee can be reimbursed 75% or use toward their 25% match. This form will
need to be submitted with your application.
DEP55-229 Operations salary example worksheet form
- Cost Range: $15,000 - $35,000 (annual)
Cost of holding tanks necessary to hold or transport sewage to proper treatment facilities.
- Cost Range: $10,000 - $30,000
Cost of instructional signage and Pumpout symbol signs required by the CVA Grant Program.
Educational & Instructional Materials
Costs of educational materials for boaters about the effects of boater
sewage and pumping out.
CVA grant applicants must provide at least 25% of the installed costs of the pumpout/dump station equipment. This 25% match can be cash, the fair market value of any labor or materials provided, or a combination thereof.
If marina staff is doing any portion of the project, a “Salary Worksheet
Form” is to be completed by the grantee to pre-estimate the salary costs.
This form will need to be submitted with your application.
DEP55-229 Salary worksheet form
DEP55-229 Operations salary example worksheet form
Expenses Not Eligible for Reimbursement
Expenses for construction or any activity that does not directly relate to the pumpout project are not reimbursable. This includes costs associated with pumpout enforcement; fuel; insurance; cell phone service; travel; public restrooms; and sewage treatment plants.
Grant recipients are reimbursed 75% of the total, approved project cost and must provide a minimum of 25% of the total, approved project cost as match. Expenditures for work done prior to official notification that you can begin the project will not be reimbursed.
Grant recipients are required to submit a progress report during the installation/construction phase of the pumpout project. A
progress report template is provided for convenience, or you may simply report via a brief e-mail, phone call, or fax. This report allows the Clean Vessel Program to assist in keeping projects running smoothly.
Recipients of CVA funds also are required to submit
quarterly pumpout reports for five years following the project’s completion. These reports document total gallons pumped, number of vessels pumped out, number of out-of-state vessels serviced and total fees collected. You are encouraged to submit the report electronically but you can submit via fax or regular mail.
pumpout log template is provided to assist you in tracking and reporting your facility’s pumpout activity.
Facilities must purchase and display at least one pumpout operations sign, and one pumpout symbol sign.
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