Northwest Florida Water Management District

Northwest Florida Water Management District



Environmental Resource Permits

News and Notes

Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting

Scheduled to take effect October 1, 2013, Chapter 62-330, F.A.C. will provide consistency statewide in implementing the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program.  Along with the new rule, a new Applicant’s Handbook, Volume 1, will apply to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and all five water management districts (Volume II is specific to the Northwest District). While the statewide ERP rule does not create a new permitting program, it does reconcile key differences in the various ERP programs statewide.  The biggest changes affecting permittees in the Northwest District include:

  • Application Fees for Individual ERP permits will now be based on DEP’s fee schedule in Chapter 62-4.050(4)(h), F.A.C. 
  • Jurisdictional Determinations of wetland boundaries will be made by the District for projects where the District has permitting authority (most commercial and residential subdivision developments). 
  • The Dam Safety Rule will be repealed. The Management and Storage of Surface Water (Chapter 40A-4) will be folded into the new ERP rule in Chapter 62-330, F.A.C.
  • Four New General Permits and several Exemptions will be broadened under Section 62-330.050, F.A.C.
  • A New General Permit will be created for local government retrofits.
  • A New Noticed Exemption will be established for minor forestry surface water management systems (forestry roads, low water crossing, etc.)
  • Routine Re-certification and Inspection Reporting to the District will be eliminated.  Inspections must still be performed and results kept and produced upon request.
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General Permits for Small Projects, also known as "10/2"

The DEP rule for projects with less than two acres of impervious surface and less than 10 acres in project size, not on State lands or waters and with no wetlands impacts, went into effect on July 1, 2012. The provisions of Chapter 62-330, F.A.C. allow notices to be provided to the Department (DEP) within 30 days of construction commencement. The DEP has created an electronic noticing portal at . The District receives copies of the notices for projects within its 16 counties. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies for the 10/2 General Permit, contact any of our reviewers to discuss your project.

Applications for Military Installations Now Go to DEP

Applications for projects on military bases in northwest Florida will now be reviewed by the Department of Environmental Protection. These include Pensacola Naval Air Station, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Tyndall Air Force Base, and Panama City NSA.

Features on the E-Permitting Tab Above

New Document Search – Visitors to the District’s ERP page will be able to navigate directly to the document search application without having to create an Electronic Permitting user account.  Users can reach the document search page by using the green navigation bar at the top of the page, selecting “electronic permitting,” and then moving down the new menu and selecting “ERP Document Search.”  Once there you may view all documents that have been submitted by the applicant and those that have been generated by the District for almost any application or permit in the ERP program.


Locating Latitudinal and Longitudinal Coordinates Applicants using the E-permitting application can now identify and download the GPS coordinates for their project by simply clicking on a map.


Additional exemptions available in the Exemption Self-Certification (Self-Cert) Module The District has expanded the Self-Cert module to include 9 additional statutory exemptions.  Remember, there is no application fee when using the Exemption Self-Certification process.


Public Notification of Applications Received -  The on-line Notice of Receipt web page is designed to provide a central location where visitors to our website can see the applications for ERP permits received by the District.  Visitors can access this page by using the navigation bar at the top of the page and selecting “E-permitting.”  In the new drop down window, select “Notice of Receipt” to be directed to the new page. 


On-line Submittal of Regulatory Complaints

Residents of the panhandle can now submit information concerning activities in their area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by using the District on-line complaint submission process.   Submit a complaint


Tools and Tips


New ERP Brochure

A new full Environmental Resource Permitting Brochure is available for download on the Resources page.  The brochure provides general information about the new aspects of Full ERP and the operating agreement.


Operating Agreement Flow Chart

Not sure where to send your application?  The District has developed a flow chart designed to help applicants determine which agency is responsible for the review of their requests for authorizations.  Users will navigate the flow chart by answering questions about their project.  Future versions will include an interactive module.

Click here to try it out


Office locations and directions


The Northwest Florida Water Management District’s Environmental Resource Permitting Program is administered out of two offices: one located in Tallahassee and one located in Crestview.  Both offices have been open and operational since the program became effective on October 1, 2007.  A map showing the locations of the District offices and the counties each office generally serve can be found by clicking here.  However, either office can serve a project located in any of the 16 counties of northwest Florida.


Each ERP office is staffed by stormwater engineers, environmental scientists/biologists, field inspectors, and administrative professionals.  The District’s Employment Opportunities web page has information about any vacant positions. Please visit our employment page at, or contact our human resources department via email at




Tallahassee Field Office
Northwest Florida Water Management District
Carr Building, Suite 225
3800 Commonwealth Blvd., MS LS225
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Telephone (850) 921-2986
Fax (850) 921-3082

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time



Crestview Field Office
Northwest Florida Water Management District
180 E. Redstone Avenue
Crestview, FL  32539
Telephone (850) 683-5044
Fax (850) 683-5050

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time



History of the ERP program

In the early 1990’s, the Department of Environmental Protection and the other four water management districts began the process of implementing the Environmental Resource permitting program throughout the northeast, central and peninsular counties of Florida.  It wasn’t until House Bill 7163, (Chapter 2006-228, Laws of Florida), effective July 1, 2006, that authority was given to the Northwest Florida Water Management District and the Department of Environmental Protection to develop the Environmental Resource Permitting Rules for Northwest Florida.  The adoption of the ERP stormwater rules in October of 2007, brought the first part of Florida’s Environmental Resource Permit program to the Panhandle.  The subsequent adoption of the full Rule in November of 2010, which included the regulation of activities in, on or over wetlands and other surface water finalize the Panhandles transition. 

Regulatory authority for the program is split between the DEP and the District and is defined in the operating agreement found in Appendix A of the Applicant’s Handbook Volume I. 




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