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Program for Construction Activity - Permit Options & Requirements for Construction


Permit Options

Operators of construction activities must obtain coverage under an NPDES stormwater permit and implement appropriate pollution prevention techniques to minimize erosion and sedimentation and properly manage stormwater.  The majority of construction activities requiring an NPDES stormwater permit will likely qualify for an NPDES permit for construction.  A generic permit is a general permit issued by DEP under the authority of Section 403.0885, Florida Statutes (F.S.), which is the provision authorizing the State to implement the NPDES program.

CGP Requirements

  • A stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) must be developed and implemented to be in compliance with the permit.  See the CGP, as well as SWPPP guidance provided below, for details.

Obtaining Permit Coverage

To obtain NPDES stormwater permit coverage, a regulated construction operator must complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain copies of the CGP.
  2. Carefully read the permit language.
  3. Develop and implement a SWPPP. 
  4. Complete an NOI in its entirety online using iNOI or by submitting a paper NOI.
  5. If you complete a paper NOI, submit it along with the application fee, as indicated below, to the NPDES Stormwater Notices Center.  Authorization is usually granted 48 hours after the date the complete NOI is post-marked to the Notices Center. 

The Notices Center will send an acknowledgement letter after receipt and processing of the complete NOI and fee. 

Acknowledgement letters for permits resulting from iNOI will be issued by email.

The fee is required by Rule 62-4.050(4)(d), F.A.C.. Make checks payable to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Large Construction (disturbs 5 or more acres of land) is $400.

Small Construction (disturbs between 1 and 5 acres) is $250.

  1. Re-apply for coverage every five years (if the construction activity extends beyond a 5-year period) or submit an NOT to terminate coverage.

NPDES Stormwater Permitting Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3585
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-7522
Phone: (866) 336-6312 (toll-free)
Email: NPDES-stormwater@dep.state.fl.us

Last updated: November 17, 2016

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