Permitting Efficiency

Environmental Resource Permitting
One of DEP’s top priorities is creating a more certain regulatory process that is interpreted consistently across the state and is protective of the environment.  As part of this, DEP is moving forward with a statewide rule for Environmental Resource Permits (ERP). These permits are the most commonly applied for permits in Florida and are designed to regulate activities that affect Florida’s surface waters. The permits cover everything from boat docks on personal property to industrial wastewater treatment plants. Currently, five versions of the ERP are in use in Florida. A statewide ERP rule would be easier for the public and staff to use, reduce duplicative rules, and ensure consistent implementation of the ERP program statewide, all without lowering environmental standards.

The new statewide ERP permit created a uniform set of rules to protect wetlands and surface waters.  The rule standardizes fees, definitions, procedures and forms for the department and five water management districts.  It is based on the previous rules, but now includes streamlining components that are designed to reduce regulatory burdens and increase statewide consistency.

Overview of Environmental Resource Permitting

DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs Jeff Littlejohn, P.E. provides the following presentation to various industry groups, environmental organizations and legislative committees.

In the news

  • Florida Specifier, DEP, WMDs Making Progress with ERP Streamlining – December 2011

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