Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) and Sovereign Submerged
Lands (SSL) Rules
Rule and Policy Development
The Program Development and Support Section is responsible for
developing and amending the regulatory and proprietary rules that are
used to implement the Environmental Resource / Wetland Resource Permit
Program and that govern authorizations to use submerged lands owned by
the State of Florida. These programs are authorized under Chapters
373, of the Florida Statutes. In addition, Chapter
403 of the Florida Statutes is used as part of this program
to govern activities which may pollute Florida's ground and surface
waters, including wetlands. Currently, approximately 30 separate rules
of the Department and the water management districts have been adopted
to implement this program. For more information, go to
to the Rules used by the Department of Environmental Protection
to Implement the Environmental Resource Permit program. Rulemaking to
adopt these rules is done in accordance with Chapter
120 of the Florida Statutes. For more information on current
rules under development and the status of the rules, visit our
On-going Rule Development page.
In addition to developing these rules, staff of the Program and
Development Support Section coordinate the interpretation and
implementation of these rules with the public, staff in six different
district offices of the Department, and with staff of the water
management districts. The staff also are responsible for insuring the
consistent implementation of the program through training and
development of program guidance.
Publication of Official Notices
The Department of State publishes a statement in the FAW that indicates
this website address as the Official Notices site for the Department.
Notices published on this site will be permanently maintained in an
electronic form accessible to and searchable by the public.
For more information on these responsibilities, please
call (850) 245-8486.