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Water Facilities Program - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where do I find permit applications?

 

What are the permit fees?

 

How do I find out who is reviewing my permit application?

 

What drinking water or wastewater service area am I in?

  • You can look at your monthly water utility statement, or you can contact your local health department for more information.

 

What is your mailing address?

 

Who handles horse manure issues?

 

Who can investigate a dead fish complaint?

 

How do I go about getting certified to be a wastewater operator?

 

Is reuse water safe if it's used near my house?  Is it regulated?  What's in it?

 

How do I find the permit application forms I need to apply for either a construction or operation permit for a domestic or industrial wastewater facility?

 

Where can I find all of the FDEP rules that pertain to domestic and industrial wastewater in the state of Florida?

  • All FDEP rules in the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) that pertain to domestic and industrial wastewater may be found at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/rulesprog.htm.  Additionally, the FDEP is authorized under Chapter 40, Florida Statutes, to control air and water pollution and to protect public health and welfare by developing and implementing numerous environmental programs as well as the F.A.C. rules that accompany them.  These state laws can be found at http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm

 

Once I've been issued a permit for the construction and operation of my wastewater project, when will it expire?

  • Your project is permitted for a period of five (5) years beginning the day of issuance, and ending on its expiration date.  For example, if your permit is issued June 1, 2007, it will expire May 31, 2012.

 

Help!  My construction permit will expire before construction of my project is complete!  What should I do?

  • If your construction permit expires before construction is completed on your project, you will need to submit a new application along with the correct application fee.

 

What is the difference between a general permit and an individual permit for a collection/transmission system project?

  • The general permit application process was created in order to facilitate the permitting process for applicants and the FDEP staff, and may be utilized for those proposed projects meeting certain criteria (see FAQ, "What criteria must be met in order for my proposed wastewater collection/transmission system project to qualify for a general permit?").  If your proposed project does not meet the general permit criteria, you will have to apply for an individual permit, as stated in Rule 62-604.600(7), F.A.C., Individual Permits.  Whether you apply for a general permit or an individual permit, you will use FDEP Form 62-604.300(8)(a), Notification/Application for Constructing a Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System.  This form may be found at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/forms.htm.  In the application for an individual permit, you will be required to provide more information about your project than you would provide if your project qualified for a general permit.  Application fees for individual permits are greater than the application fee for a general permit.

 

What criteria must be met in order for my proposed wastewater collection/transmission system project to qualify for a general permit?

  • In order to qualify for a general permit, your proposed collection/transmission system project shall meet the requirements set forth in Rule 62-604.600(6), F.A.C., General Permits.  This rule states that your project shall be designed in accordance with the standards and criteria set forth in subsections 62-605.400(1), F.A.C., Design/Performance Consideration.

 

My collection/transmission system project meets the criteria for a general permit.  What form should I submit, and what is the application fee amount?

  • Regardless of whether you are applying for a general or individual permit, you will need to apply using FDEP Form 62-604.300(8)(a), Notification/Application for Constructing a Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System.  This form may be found at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/forms.htm.  The application fee for a general permit is $250.

 

My collection/transmission system project does not meet the criteria for a general permit.  What form should I submit, and what is the application fee amount?

  • If your proposed project does not meet the general permit criteria, you will have to apply for an individual permit using FDEP Form 62-604.300(8)(a), Notification/Application for Constructing a Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System.  This form may be found at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/forms.htm.  Your application fee will depend on the size of the project, where size is measured in terms of the approximate number of persons your project will serve.  Once this number has been determined, convert the number of persons served into the number of Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs), where 1 EDU = 3.5 persons.  For example, if your project is to serve less than 10 EDUs, the application fee is $300.  If your project is to serve 10 or more EDUs, the application fee is $500.

 

Is there a deadline for submitting a permitting application for my proposed collection/transmission system project?

  • Yes.  The deadline to submit FDEP Form 62-604.300(8)(a) together with the appropriate application fee is 30 days prior to commencement of construction of your proposed project.

 

Now that my permitted collection/transmission system project is complete, do I need permission to place it into service?

  • Yes.  Once the construction of your project has been completed and you are ready to place it into operation, you will need to submit FDEP Form 62-604.300(8)(b), Request for Approval to Place a Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System Into Operation, together with any necessary supporting documentation such as "as-built" drawings.  Note that as-built drawings must be submitted if there have been significant deviations in the construction.  This form may be found at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/forms.htm.  Once FDEP approves your request, you will be issued an acceptance letter allowing you to place your project into service.

 

 

 

Last updated: May 28, 2014
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