Environmental Resource Permitting
What is the Environmental Resource Permit Program (ERP)?
The Environmental Resource Permit Program regulates activities involving the
alteration of surface water flows. This includes new activities in uplands that generate
stormwater runoff from upland construction, as well as dredging and filling in wetlands
and other surface waters. Environmental Resource Permit applications are processed by
either the Department or one of the state's water management districts, in accordance with
the division of responsibilities specified in operating agreements between the Department
and the water management districts. The Environmental Resource Permit Program is in effect
throughout the State except for the Florida panhandle (within the limits of the Northwest
Florida Water Management District). For additional information, see "Overview of the
Environmental Resource Permit Program" and " Fact Sheet--Environmental Resource
Permit Program," linked below.
What is the Wetland Resource Permitting Program (WRP)?
The Wetland Resource Permit program is in effect only to
permits issued or applications determined complete before November 1,
2010 in the Florida panhandle
(within the limits of the Northwest Florida Water Management District), and for certain
activities that are grandfathered under Subsections 373.714(11)-(16) of the Florida
Statutes. It regulates any dredging, filling, or construction in, on, or over waters
and wetlands that are connected, either naturally or artificially, to "named
waters." Named waters include the Gulf of Mexico, bays, bayous, sounds,
estuaries, lagoons, rivers, streams, and natural lakes that are not wholly owned by one
person other than the State.