TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s
new online business portal is now open for business. DEP today hosted office
hours across Florida coinciding with the launch of the new business portal which
hosts the agency’s public access tools in one convenient location. Many
licenses, permits, reservations and subscription services can now be easily
navigated from the portal, with more to come.
“With the growing presence of the web, we are committed to using it to
provide exceptional customer service online,” said DEP Secretary Mimi Drew. “The
business portal is an open door for residents, local governments and the private
sector to find information and transact business with DEP.”
Today’s office hours gave the public a first glimpse at the new portal along
with one-on-one assistance navigating it. DEP has integrated existing online
services with the portal and added new features to enhance and simplify online
access and make DEP’s work more transparent.
Among other things, the portal allows Florida residents and business to
obtain an increasing variety of self-service authorizations, including:
- Exemptions for new construction, repair and replacement, or installation
of a boat lift at a single-family dock;
- Exemption for construction
of a new single-family dock and boat lift; and
- Noticed General
Permit for installing rip rap along the face of an existing seawall.
“Simple projects should have simple pathways—and we should all save paper,”
said Secretary Drew. “Approvals of these simple projects that used to take up to
30 days can now be done in less than 30 minutes.”
The online authorization system asks several questions about the project, its
size and location to help the applicant determine that it qualifies for online
approval. If so, after a few more questions and answers, the applicant has an
authorization in hand. Users can simultaneously receive authorization to use
state owned or sovereignty submerged lands, and in some cases, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers’ dredge and fill authorization. In the coming months, additional
authorizations will include used oil transporters and waste tire collectors.
The business portal also allows users to sign up for agency publications and
permit notifications, follow contaminated site cleanup, and make campsite
reservations at Florida’s 160 state parks.
To view the new business portal, visit