The Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) 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. Two wetlands regulatory programs exist
at the state level: a dredge and fill (wetland resource) permit program
(WRP) within the limits of the Northwest Water Management District and
an environmental resource permit (ERP) program throughout the rest of
the state. Environmental Resource Permit applications are processed by
either the one of the Department's districts 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. For additional information, see "Overview of the
Environmental Resource Permit Program" linked below.
What is the Wetland Resource Permitting Program (WRP)?
The Wetland Resource Permit program for the Florida panhandle is
implemented by the FLDEP and regulates dredging and filling in waters of
the state, which generally consist of waters connected to other “named”
waters, including lakes of more than ten acres in size, but excluding
isolated wetlands. The Northwest ERP rulemaking was authorized through
amendments to S. 373.4145, F.S. in the 2006 legislative session to
develop rules addressing stormwater quality and quantity. Rules for the
Northwest ERP stormwater program were effective October 1, 2007.
Additionally, the remaining components of the comprehensive ERP program,
including isolated wetlands, are currently being written and are
scheduled for completion no sooner than January 2008.For more detailed
information on permitting please go to the
Summary of the
Wetland and Other Surface Water Regulatory and Proprietary Programs.