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Asbestos

Statement of Responsibilities Regarding Asbestos (SRRA)

  1. A Statement of Responsibilities Regarding Asbestos (SRRA) must be submitted electronically using Broward County’s e-Permitting system. Broward County Code, Section 27-180(b), requires the SRRA to be submitted at least 10 working days before commencing work.

  2. A SRRA review fee of $50 is required for each non-exempt demo/renovation project at a single site. Residential buildings with four (4) or fewer dwelling units, public schools or Broward County owned buildings are exempt projects not subject to the $50 review fee. Section 27-180(b) of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, and Section 40.23 of the Broward County Administrative Code authorizes the SRRA review fee to be submitted along with the SRRA.

What is the purpose of the SRRA?
Review of the SRRA ensures building permit applicants properly account for asbestos concerns and provides applicants information about asbestos related regulations and the handling of asbestos containing materials.

Will I need to pay a fee for submitting the Statement of Responsibilities Regarding Asbestos (SRRA) for each non-exempt project?
Yes. A $50 review fee needs to accompany the submittal of the SRRA for each non-exempt demo/renovation project at a single site.

Will I need to pay a fee for submitting the SRRA for residential buildings with 4 or fewer dwelling units (residential quadplex, triplex, duplex or single family)?
No, residences with 4 or fewer dwelling units (not used for commercial purposes) are exempt from payment of the SRRA fee.

Notice of Demolition or Asbestos Renovation

Why is Broward County collecting asbestos demo/renovation fees?
Since November 1, 2009, demolition and asbestos renovation notifications required a fee payable to Broward County at the time of notification submittal. Non-exempt asbestos demo/renovation projects are provided a fee invoice based on the amount of Regulated Asbestos Containing Materials reported. Broward County’s responsibility for the asbestos program is to ensure:

  • Compliance with federal, state and local asbestos regulations to protect the environment and public health;
  • Funding for administration of the program;
  • Funding for surveillance and inspections of non-notified (non-compliant) projects;
  • Fees are paid at time of notification, to avoid delinquent payments;
  • Satisfactory customer service from review of notifications, plans and surveys through field compliance inspections.

What projects are exempt from payment of fees?
Residential buildings with four (4) or fewer dwelling units, public schools/colleges/universities or Broward County owned buildings

Where can I find an asbestos worksheet?
The fee schedule may be found on the Broward County Asbestos Removal & Demolition worksheet

How will the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division (EEPD) determine how much I owe for non-exempt demo/renovation projects?
At the time you submit your notification, a EEPD Customer Service Representative will review the Notice of Demolition or Asbestos Renovation. Depending on the nature of the project (e.g. demolition or renovation), the quantity of regulated Asbestos Containing Material (RACM) to be removed, the size of the building structure, and the fee schedule, EEPD will determine the fee amount that is due. The customer can also make this assessment based on the information on the notification form.

What forms of payment will be accepted?
Payment may be made in person or by mail via a U.S. based bank check, major credit card (payable to Broward County Board of Commissioners) or cash. Payment may also be made electronically via the ePermits program.

Where do I submit the 10-day notification form?
Submit the 10-day notification form to the Broward County EEPD via email to airasbestos@broward.org or you may submit it via Florida DEP’s Business Portal website, fee invoice payments are made directly to Broward County, see above.

Notifications should be sent to the following address:
Broward County Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division
One North University Drive, Mailbox 201
Plantation, Florida 33324-2038

Email submittals to: AirAsbestos@broward.org or to: AsbestosSurvey-Notice@broward.org

What happens if a fee is due and it is not submitted at the time of notification?
The notification will not be considered complete. If work proceeds without submittal of the fee, the activity may be subject to enforcement action.

What if I submit the wrong payment amount?

  • If you under-pay the fee at the time of notification submittal, your notification will be considered incomplete until the proper amount has been submitted. If EEPD conducts an inspection and finds that you underestimated the fee, you will be required to pay the balance due. Failure to pay the balance may subject the owner or operator to enforcement action.
  • If you over-pay, you will be given the option to get a refund or credit for a future project.

If I am conducting a demolition that has been ordered by the city, am I exempt from payment of the fee?
No. Unless the project is exempt from the NESHAP for asbestos, or the project is for public schools/college/university, it is subject to payment of the fee.

Where can I find additional information?


Air Quality Permitting/Licensing

Does my facility require a Broward County air quality license or State of Florida air pollution permit? 
An owner or operator of any source which emits or can reasonably be expected to emit any air pollutant, shall obtain a valid license from the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division (EEPD) before beginning construction, modification, initial or continued operation of the source, unless exempted pursuant to Broward County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 27, Article IV, Section 27-176.

What is an air pollutant?
An air pollutant means any substance (particulate, liquid, gaseous, organic or inorganic) which if released, allowed to escape or emitted, whether intentionally or unintentionally, into the outdoor atmosphere, may result in or contribute to air pollution. (Broward County Code of Ordinances Chapter 27, Article IV, Section 27-174)

What is the difference between an air quality license and a state air permit?
EEPD issues air quality licenses to existing and proposed facilities that are considered minor sources of air pollution. These facilities utilize pollution control equipment or control technology to maintain emission levels below limits established by state and federal regulations. License requirements are specified in Chapter 27, Article IV of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.

The EEPD issues State of Florida permits under an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. These permits contain specific conditions to control air pollution and contain conditions to comply with air quality regulations in the Florida Administrative Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. Typically, state air pollution permits are more complex than Broward County air licenses and require more compliance demonstration, including monitoring, reporting, testing, public notice, are subject to state and/or federal oversight processes and other requirements not necessarily contained in a Broward County air license. Applicable provisions of the Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code, as amended, including references to the United States Code or the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended, are adopted and incorporated by reference into Broward County Code of Ordinances Chapter 27, Article IV, Section 27-173. To the extent of any conflict between the Code and any law or regulation incorporated herein, the more stringent provision shall control.

Do all sources of all pollution require an air license or state air permit? 
Unless a facility is exempt from obtaining an air quality license or a state air permit per exemption criteria contained in state and local air quality regulations, any source of air pollution requires an air license or state air permit (for more information on state air permit requirements and other related websites visit Florida DEP Air Permitting Section). 

What is required from EEPD to obtain an air license or state air permit?
A Broward County air license application or State of Florida Air Permit application is required in order to process and issue an air license or permit. In addition, the associated fee is required with each type of application.  Broward County air licenses can be obtained via Broward County’s ePermits Online System: ePermits.broward.org.  You will need to register a user ID and password, be sure to use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome and for access, you may need to disable pop-up blockers and firewalls on your computer.  For more information on state air permit applications visit: Florida DEP Air Permit Application.

Do soil or groundwater remediation systems require an air quality license or state air permit?
Yes. Projects pertaining to remediation of contaminated soil and/or groundwater require at minimum at Broward County air license.

I’m starting a new business, how do I know if I need an air quality license or state air permit? 
If you are not sure if you need an air license or permit you may call 954-519-1483 and ask for the Air Quality Program. In addition, the Broward County Planning and Development Management Division (PDMD) conducts environmental reviews of development plans to assess whether environmental licenses or permits are needed. You may contact DERD at 954-357-6666.

What are some examples of facilities that may require an air quality license or state air permit?
The following is a listing example of facilities. However, this is NOT an all-inclusive list nor does it contain all the types of facilities that require an air license or state air permit:

  • Asphalt and concrete batching plants
  • Autobody/Auto painting and repair shops
  • Boat manufacturing
  • Chromium electroplaters
  • Circuit board manufacturing
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Halogenated solvent degreasers
  • Human and animal crematories
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing operations
  • Nonmettalic mineral processing plants (rock crushers)
  • Pharmaceuticals manufacturing operations
  • Polyester resin and cast polymer operations
  • Printing operations
  • Soil and groundwater remediation system projects
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Water treatment plants
For more information, including popular publications, state air permits, forms, etc. click DEP’s Office of Permitting and Compliance website below: floridadep.gov/air/permitting-compliance

In the past, I was never asked to obtain an air license or state air permit, why am I being asked to do so now?
Facilities which have been found, either through EEPD review or inspection to emit or have the potential to emit air pollutants into the ambient air, are required to obtain an air license or state air permit regardless of whether or not that facility has had one in the past. This requirement can be found in Chapter 27, Article IV, Section 27-176 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.

Who do I contact to renew my air quality license or state air permit? 
You may visit the Air Quality Licensing and Permitting webpage or you may call the Air Quality Program at 954-519-1483. You may apply for a new air license or renew your license via Broward County’s website: epermits.broward.org.  You will need to download and complete an Air License form and upload the signed form via the same website: ePermits.broward.org.

Where can I obtain a copy of a facility’s air license or state air permit?
You may call the Air Quality Program main line at 954-519-1483 and request a copy of your county air license. For state air facility information go to: prodenv.dep.state.fl.us/DarmAircom/public/welcome.

Where can I locate a copy of the Broward County air quality code of ordinances?
An electronic copy of Broward County, Chapter 27, Article IV air regulations and Broward County Ordinances can be found at the Municode Website - Broward County Article IV. - Air Quality.

Where can I locate a copy of the State of Florida air quality regulations?
An electronic copy of State or Florida air quality regulations can be found at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Current Air Rules Website.

Do mobile operations require an air quality license or state air permit?
Mobile sources of air pollution are not required to obtain air licenses or air permits.

Does the air quality program conduct compliance and enforcement activities?
Yes. The EEPD conducts inspections of licensed and permitted facilities to ensure compliance with air quality license and permit conditions and environmental regulations. The facility may be subject to an enforcement action if air quality regulations or license/permit conditions are found to have been violated.

What can I do about an indoor air quality concern such as mold or lead?
The EEPD does not address indoor air quality related inquiries. For information about mold, lead or any other indoor air related concern, please visit website: www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/mold.

Where can I report Freon being released to the atmosphere?

Concerns or complaints about air conditioning unit gases or Freon release can be reported to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website or by calling 800-296-1996.



Complaints

What type of activities do we investigate?
The environmental divisions of our Department (Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department), investigate violations of Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code, also known as the Natural Resource Protection Code. Generally, these are activities that could potentially impact the air, waters, soils, or other natural resources of the County. However, be advised that the regulations we enforce may be subject to specific exemptions, inclusions, or exclusions. If you have a question as to whether a specific activity is subject to regulation through Chapter 27, go to Examples of Environmental Concerns or call Enforcement Administration at 954-519-1210.

How do I file a complaint?
You can electronically file a complaint by following the appropriate steps or by calling the Environmental Response Line at 954-519-1499, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be advised that complaint information is a public record and subject to sunshine laws. You may file a complaint anonymously.

What happens after I file a complaint?
Complaints are referred to the subject matter program for review and appropriate action. If an inspection occurs, you should be notified by the inspector as to the outcome, providing that you furnished contact information. If you do not hear from the department within a reasonable period, call 954-519-1499. If you are not satisfied with the response, you can speak with the program manager.

How do I file a required notification?

You can file a notification of a pollution incident, sewage discharge or other environmental problem required by a license or Chapter 27 by calling the Environmental Response Line at 954-519-1499, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Contaminated Sites

How do I know if a property is contaminated?
You may visit our web page where you will find a list and interactive map of Contaminated Sites in Broward County and a brief status of contamination for each site. You can also review the State's Oculus database and Broward County's Enviros database for additional information.

Alternatively, you may arrange to review the file at our office located at 1 North University Drive, Plantation, Florida 33324. The file review procedure can be found on the File Review Requests webpage.

For information about USEPA Superfund sites in Broward, you may call 404-562-9900.

Please note that if a site is not listed, it only means that no contamination has been reported. To ensure the presence or absence of contamination at a site, especially for real estate transactions, property owners and prospective buyers usually hire an environmental consultant to conduct soil and groundwater testing.

Can you recommend a company to clean my contaminated property?
We cannot recommend any particular company but you can find many firms listed in the yellow pages under “Environmental Contractors.” For assessment and remediation work conducted pursuant to State and Local cleanup requirements, you should ensure that the firm is certified in Florida to practice Engineering and/or Geology, as applicable.

Contamination has been discovered on my property. Do I have to report it?
Yes. If a release of a hazardous material occurs or if contamination is discovered, the responsible party must immediately report it to the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department by calling 954-519-1499, followed by written notification within seven calendar days. The discovery of a “buried” tank must be reported as well.

How do I get a "clean bill of health" letter for my property?
If your property has been contaminated and is subsequently cleaned up, you will receive a letter from either Broward County or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection indicating that your property has been remediated and “No Further Action” is required. If your property is not listed as contaminated and you need a letter from the county to that effect for a bank loan, we will provide you with such a letter but it will only attest to the fact that no contamination has been reported. It will not state that the site is free from contamination.

Where can I find the cleanup standards that you use?
You may find the cleanup criteria in Chapter 62-777, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C)

I want to purchase a contaminated property. Can you advise me on whether I should go forward with the transaction?
Before you purchase contaminated property, you should be aware of the following:
  • As the property owner, you may be a potential responsible party for the cleanup of contamination.
  • If your plans for the property include construction, you may not be allowed to construct until the contamination is cleaned up. Decisions on whether or not construction may proceed are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • If the contamination under your property migrates to neighboring properties, you might be liable to a third party for contaminating their property.

If my property is contaminated by my neighbor (i.e., his contamination migrated to my property), am I responsible for the cleanup of my property?
No, your neighbor will be responsible for the cleanup of both properties.

What is a Brownfield?
A Brownfield is a property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination. Once a site is designated as a Brownfield, the site is eligible for incentives tied to redevelopment of the property (such as low-interest loans and job creation state tax incentives), liability protection, and contaminant cleanup, if applicable (in the form of a state corporate income tax credit equivalent up to 50% of qualifying cleanup costs). Only a local (typically municipal) government can designate a property as a Brownfield. For more information regarding the Brownfield Program, call Mr. David Vanlandingham, P.E., at 954-519-1478.

What is an Environmental Assessment and Remediation (EAR) License?
An EAR license is a legal document issued by the county for the purposes of assessing the magnitude and extent of contaminants present at a site and, if necessary, remediating the contamination. The annual fee for the license is $2,000 and the license application can be obtained by calling 954-519-1478 or by visiting the Contaminated Sites.

Not every contaminated site requires an EAR license. Cleanups funded by FDEP's petroleum cleanup programs or FDEP's dry-cleaning solvent cleanup program are exempt from the license requirement. Sites where EPA is the lead agency for cleanup are exempt as well.

How long will it take to clean up my site? How much will it cost?
Cleanup times are difficult to predict. They depend on a number of factors such as type, concentration, quantity and location of contaminants, site lithology, remediation technology, etc. The duration may vary from weeks to years. Costs vary as well from several thousand dollars to over a million. The average assessment and remediation project costs approximately $250,000.

Where can I get more information related to assessment and remediation of contamination?

You may visit our Environmental Assessment Resources Webpage or call 954-519-1478 or 954-519-1429.



Cooling Towers

Why am I required to get a cooling tower license? 
Facilities that have completed a cooling tower replacement or new installation after May 31, 2012 must obtain a Cooling Tower License within twelve (12) months following completion, in accordance with Section 34-168 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.

What prompted the need for the ordinance? 
A Task Force was established to find potential environmentally, economically, and technically feasible strategies and solutions to the County’s future water resources needs and provide recommendations. The Task Force members were very much interested in the potential water savings that could be realized through more efficient cooling tower technologies as these were estimated to account for as much as 80% of total water consumption in large commercial and residential structures. On March 15, 2012, the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals adopted changes to Chapter 9, Section 908.5, which contains new water efficiencies.

What is required during the application process for a cooling tower license?
In order to comply with the code for obtaining a license, the following items must be submitted no later than twelve (12) months after installation of the cooling tower: 1) a completed Cooling Tower License Application Form; 2) a completed Affidavit of Compliance and Log of the Operation and Maintenance Schedule (Log) for each cooling tower installed after May 31, 2012; and 3) the license fee of $100 per tower. The service provider completing the Log must certify that the new or replaced cooling tower a) achieves a minimum of 8 cycles of concentration, b) is operating with conductivity and make-up and blow down meters; and c) is equipped with efficient drift eliminators that achieve a drift reduction to a maximum of 0.002% of the recirculated water volume for counterflow towers and 0.005% of the recirculated water volume for cross-flow towers.

Is it a one-time application?
Cooling tower licenses shall be renewed annually on or before March 31st each year or you will receive a citation.

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).


Docks, Seawalls, and Dredging (work in, under, and on water)

When is a license necessary?
Any work in or over water requires a license, including but not limited to, deck dock installation or replacement, seawall installation, renovation or cap work, installation of boatlift, jet ski lifts, floating vessel platforms, maintenance dredging, installation of pilings, or subaqueous utility crossings.

Do I also need a state permit for in-water work from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)?
Broward County has been delegated by FDEP to regulate in-water projects in some areas of the county.  If a state permit is required it would be issued concurrently with the county license.  State permitting fees would apply in addition to the county licensing fees.  To get more information on licensing requirements contact the Broward County Aquatic and Wetlands Resources Section at (954) 519-1483.

Where can I find the applications?
Applications for County licenses and State permits can be found at Broward County's Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department's form section

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).

Who do I call for questions about licensing?
To get more information on licensing requirements contact the Broward County Aquatic and Wetlands Resources Section at 954-519-1483.


Domestic Wastewater Program
What is Domestic Wastewater?
Every time you flush your toilet, wash your hands, turn on the dishwasher or do your laundry, you are creating domestic wastewater.  Before 1950, all domestic wastewater was disposed of through septic systems or direct discharge of treated waste to area waterways.  Today, while some Broward residents still use septic tanks, most households are connected through the sanitary sewers to a local utility's sewage treatment plant.  Maintenance of the lateral pipe running from the home to sewer service and/or of a septic system is generally the homeowner's responsibility (Permitting information: laterals - contact your local wastewater utility by locating your sanitary sewer provider on the environmental atlas; septic systems - contact the Broward County Branch of the Florida Department of Health at (954) 467-4700 for maintenance information or a construction permit).  The Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division's Domestic Wastewater Program licenses all facilities downstream of the lateral including sanitary sewer pipes, pumps, and treatment plants in Broward County.

Who handles my sewer service?
In Broward County, 28 different utilities direct domestic wastewater (sewage) to 17 Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

What is the difference between sanitary sewers and stormwater sewers?
Under the streets of Broward County is a maze of pipes.  Each pipe is specially coded for its function and sized to meet the service needs of a given area.  Sanitary sewers convey wastewater (domestic sewage, wash water, and anything else you put down the drain in your home) to a local utility's sewage treatment plant.  A pipe from your home (lateral) connects to a larger pipe (gravity main) in the street, alley or other utility easement.  Maintenance of the lateral is generally the homeowner's responsibility.  The contents of the gravity main flow to a lift station which pumps the wastewater into a force main.  Under pressure, the sewage is conveyed to the treatment plant.  The system is constructed to protect the public health by preventing untreated sewage from leaking out into the environment.
Unlike the sanitary sewer system, the stormwater sewer system is an open system designed to collect water and prevent flooding.  Grates, gutters and outfalls in the roads convey rainfall to large gravity pipes which eventually lead to a wet retention area, canal, lake or other surface water body.  Some municipalities do use pumps in low-lying areas to move standing water and prevent flooding.
Both of these systems are designed for a specific purpose, are meant to be kept separate, and will not function properly if foreign objects are introduced.  Occasionally, homeowner's sewage pipes are illegally connected to the stormwater system.  This leads to pollution of our waterways.  Introduction of stormwater into the sanitary sewer system overwhelms the treatment plant, reduces the effectiveness of the treatment and threatens public health and it is illegal.  Never dispose of debris or chemicals down your home drains.  Likewise, never dump or dispose of anything down a storm drain as it is against the County Code to discharge into waters of the County.  For more information about safe disposal of most household chemicals, contact the Waste and Recycling Services (WRS) at their Household Hazardous Waste HOTLINE at (954) 765-4999.

How do I find out about your regulations?
The Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division is governed by Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.  Most of the Water Resources Management Regulations are contained in Article V of this chapter. 

Applications: The Domestic Wastewater Program licenses these following activities:
  1. Construction of Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission Systems;
  2. Completion of Construction of Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission Systems; and
  3. Notice of Intent to use General Permit for Wastewater Collection/Transmission Systems.
  4. Construction/Modification of a Wastewater Treatment Plant or a Wastewater Reclamation (Reuse) Facility
Those interested in obtaining a permit for reuse distribution systems should fill out the standard permit for collection/transmission systems.  Guidance documents on completing the Wastewater Collection/Transmission System Construction License Application and Notification Procedures for Reporting Wastewater Facility Spills are also available.  Applications including the fee schedule for licensing are accessible electronically.

Local Utility Flows:
New developments and redevelopment projects in Broward County must make a domestic wastewater capacity reservation at the local utility Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) prior to building new structures.  The Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division tracks existing flows to the WWTP as well as capacity reserved for new development.  When a utility's total % capacity is 90% or more, development interests need to closely coordinate with the utility in their service area to determine if additional treatment or disposal capacity will be available in the future.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant Flows vs. Permitted Capacity table contains the actual wastewater flow information recorded and submitted by WWTPs.  Added to these flows are the committed wastewater flow generation estimates for their service areas.  These flow estimates are retrieved from the construction permit applications received at the Building Department for the respective WWTP service areas.  The summed wastewater flows are presented in comparison with the permitted capacity.  This table will be updated quarterly.

When is a Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System license required? 
Aside from the exemptions provided by the Section 27-194(a) of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, construction, extension or alteration of a WWTP, a reuse distribution system or a sanitary sewer collection/transmission system (gravity sewer, force main, pump station, or vacuum sewer system) requires a county license.  A state permit is also required for sewer activities delegated to Broward County pursuant to a Specific Operating Agreement between Broward County and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Can I pay an expediting fee to speed up the permitting process?
The Domestic Wastewater Program has no expediting fees.  Based on the completeness of the license/permit applications, they are processed as soon as possible (in the order they are received) within 30 days in accordance with the Rule 62-4.055, F.A.C., and Section 27-199 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).


 
Enforcement

What types of enforcement actions do we issue?
Pursuant to Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code, the environmental divisions of our Department (Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department) have several enforcement actions we can use to address violations of the Code and compel compliance: Warning Notices, Citations, Notices of Violation, and Notices of Intent to File Suit.

  • Warning Notices allege a violation of the Code and give the Responsible Party a reasonable time to cure the violation without the department seeking action to have a penalty imposed by a Hearing Examiner. If the Warning Notice is complied with, the matter is closed without adjudication and without penalty.
  • Citations allege a violation of the Code and carry a maximum penalty of $500 per violation per day.
  • Notices of Violation allege a violation of the Code and carry a maximum penalty of $15,000 per violation per day.
  • Notices of Intent to File Suit allege a violation of the Code and seek to resolve the violation before the County initiates judicial action in Circuit Court to recover penalties, damages, or compel corrective action. The maximum penalty for each violation is determined by penalty authorities found in Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code or Florida Statutes.

How do I search for an enforcement action?
The easiest way to electronically search for the status of an enforcement action, such as a Warning Notice, Citation, Notice of Violation or Notice of Intent to File Suit issued after October 1, 2001, is to view our online ENVIROS database. Use the web link to go to the database and simply input the enforcement action number in the online ENVIROS database. If you are interested in knowing if a facility or location has had an environmental enforcement action, you can use the above web link to go to the database, select the “Advanced Enforcement Action” search and input the address in the appropriate fields.

How do I review enforcement files?
If you would like to review enforcement files, call 954-519-1210 to set up an appointment to conduct a file review at our office. File reviews are scheduled between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. For additional information regarding public information please go to Public Information Request.

What if I have enforcement related questions?

You can go to our Enforcement Administration web page or you can contact Enforcement Administration by calling 954-519-1210.



Flood Zone Maps

What is a Flood Zone Map? 
Flood zone maps, also called “Flood Insurance Rate Maps” or “FIRMs” are used to determine the flood risk to properties. The low- and moderate-risk zones are represented on the maps by the letter “X”, "0.2 PCT" or an “X” that is shaded. The inland high-risk zones are labeled with designations such as “AO”, “AE”, or “AH”, and the coastal high-risk zone that has additional risk from storm surge is labeled “VE”.

Who is responsible for updating the maps? 
Currently, there is a nationwide effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update the nation’s flood hazard data and provide it in a detailed, digital format. This FEMA effort is referred to as map modernization and has evolved as a growing number of industries were impacted by out-of-date flood data.

What is a floodplain? How do I determine if my property is in one? 
A floodplain is the part of the land where water collects, pools, and flows during the course of natural events. Such areas are classified as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), and are located in a 100-year flood zone. The term “100-year flood” does not indicate a zone that will flood every 100 years. The term describes a zone with a flood elevation that has a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded each year; it is not the flood that will occur once every 100 years. The likelihood of a flood occurring within a 100-year stretch of time is high, but there is no way to predict when the next flood will occur. The maps indicate the floodplain as a “high-risk” area, officially classified as an AO, AE, AH, or VE zone.

Determinine if your property is located in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) by:

  • Using the below interactive map viewer
  • Or by calling 954-519-1483 and providing your address and zip code

What are the benefits of the updated flood hazard maps? 
The updated flood hazard maps will benefit numerous groups of people in different ways:
Community planners and local officials will gain a greater understanding of the flood hazards and risks that affect Broward County and can therefore improve local planning activities.
Builders and developers will have access to more detailed information for making decisions on where to build and how construction can affect local flood hazard areas.
Insurance agents, insurance companies, and lending institutions will have easy on-line access to updates and upcoming changes in order to serve their customers and community more efficiently.
Home and business owners will have the ability to make better financial decisions about protecting their properties.

How do the updated flood hazard maps affect me? 
Neighborhoods across Broward County may be affected differently by these map updates. There may be some properties that are not affected, and their risk remains the same. Other properties may be mapped into a higher-risk area and/or show an updated base flood elevation.
According to FEMA’s flood models, properties mapped into a high-risk area (or SFHA) have a 1 percent annual chance of being flooded and at least a 26 percent chance of being flooded during a typical 30-year mortgage.

Will updated flood maps affect me financially? 
When updated flood maps are officially adopted, if your structure is mapped into a high-risk area and you have a mortgage with a federally-regulated lender, you will need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Private mortgage companies might also require flood insurance if your structure is mapped into a high-risk area. If your property is mapped into a low-or moderate-risk area, you are not required to purchase or maintain insurance, but are strongly encouraged to do so. The cost of properly protecting your home and contents from flood damage is far less expensive than the cost to repair or replace it after a flood has occurred.
Through the National Flood Insurance Program, coverage can often be obtained at significant savings. Insurance rates vary according to zones within the SFHA and the elevation and value of property. The average cost for a flood insurance policy is around $500 per year. Further, homeowners may qualify for a Preferred Risk Policy that covers both a structure and its contents for as little as $171 per year for the lowest amount of coverage available. Coverage for renters starts at just $96 a year. Talk to your insurance agent to determine the appropriate level of protection you need and the money savings options that are available.
For additional information about flood insurance, visit:
When did the current maps become effective? 
The current maps became effective on August 18, 2014. 

What Can I Do to Lower Costs?
Talk to your insurance agent about your insurance options.  You may need to purchase an Elevation Certificate to determine your correct rate.  Higher deductibles might lower your premium costs.
Consider remodeling or rebuilding.  Building or rebuilding higher may lower your risk and reduce premiums.  Consider adding vents to your foundation or using breakaway walls.  

Read more on how to save on flood insurance coverage. 



Mangroves

When is a Broward County license necessary for mangrove trimming?  
All mangrove trimming/alterations require a Broward County Environmental Resource License (ERL). County licensing fees apply.

Are there any mangrove trimming licensing exemptions for Broward County?
Broward County does not have any exemptions for mangrove trimming. 
Do I also need a state permit for mangrove trimming from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)?
Broward County has been delegated by FDEP to regulate mangrove state trimming permits. If a state trimming permit is needed it would be issued concurrently with the county license. State permitting fees would apply in addition to the county licensing fees.  

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).

Who do I call for questions about mangrove trimming?
To get more information on licensing requirements contact the Broward County Aquatic and Wetlands Resources Section at (954) 519-1483. 

Do I need a professional mangrove trimmer? 
A professional mangrove trimmer must either supervise or conduct all trimming of trees that exceed 10 feet in height. 

Who is a professional mangrove trimmer? 
The following persons are considered professional mangrove trimmers:
  • ISA certified arborists; 
  • Professional wetland scientists certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists; 
  • Certified ecologists certified by the Ecological Society of America and other qualified individuals;
  • Certified environmental professionals, certified by the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.

Non-Domestic Discharge (NDD) Program

How do I know if I need a NDD license?
Any person operating a facility that discharges non-domestic wastewater to ground, ground water, or surface water shall obtain a county license.  Direct, non-domestic discharges are restricted as described in Section 27-193(b)(3)a.

How do I acquire a non-domestic discharge license?
Before being issued a license to operate a direct discharge from non-domestic (industrial) activity the applicant must have been granted a variance in the form of a final order issued by the hearing examiner.  No variance from the terms of chapter 27 will be authorized unless the applicant meets all the requirements found in Sec. 27-13. - Requirements for variances.  Upon receipt of a final order the applicant must apply for and obtain a non-domestic discharge license within 30 days of issuance.  The application can be found on the forms page of the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division’s site.

Are there any exemptions from the requirement of obtaining a NDD license?
  • Discharges exempt from the requirement of obtaining a NDD license include the following:  
  • Water line flushing; 
  • Landscape irrigation; 
  • Diverted stream flows; 
  • Rising ground waters; 
  • Uncontaminated ground water infiltration (as defined at 40 CFR 35.2005(20)) to separate storm sewers; 
  • Uncontaminated pumped ground water; 
  • Discharges from potable water sources; 
  • Foundation drains; 
  • Air conditioning condensate; 
  • Irrigation water; 
  • Springs; 
  • Water from crawl space pumps; 
  • Footing drains; 
  • Lawn watering; 
  • Individual residential car washing; 
  • Flows from riparian habitats and wetlands; 
  • Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges; 
  • Street wash waters; 
  • Discharges or flows from emergency firefighting activities; 
  • Reclaimed water line flushing authorized pursuant to a permit issued under the authority of Rule 62-610, F.A.C.; and 
  • Flows from uncontaminated roof drains. 
Is there a fee for a non-domestic discharge license?
The license fee is based on the wastewater flow (gallons per day) as follows:  
​Up to and including 5,000
​$480
​5,001 to 10,000
​$1,100
​10,001 to 25,000
​$1,900
​Greater than 25,000
​$2,550

Is there an annual renewal requirement?
The NDD license requires an annual renewal application with the associated fee.  The fee shall remain the same with each renewal as the flow rate is required to remain constant.  Any deviation from the original terms of the variance final order will require a new variance and new NDD license.  Variances are issued for a limited time not to exceed five (5) years, at which time, a new variance application will need to be submitted and is subject to the variance proceedings.  No NDD license will be reissued after the variance has expired, unless a new final order is received for the requested non-domestic discharge.

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).


 
Parking Facilities

What is the purpose of the Parking Facility rule? 

The purpose of the Parking Facility rule is to promote and support long term development planning while protecting air quality and public health. Vehicle emissions generate the majority of air pollution in Broward County, and motor vehicles, as well as the number of vehicle miles traveled continue to increase. It is the responsibility of Broward County to provide the tools to protect the ambient air quality while supporting economic development

What are the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Carbon Monoxide? 
There are two National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for CO. The 1-hour standard is 35 parts per million (ppm) and the 8-hour standard is 9 ppm. The CO standard which is most likely to be exceeded in the case of a parking facility is the 8-hour standard.

What are the sources of CO? 
There are both natural and man-made sources of carbon monoxide (CO). The natural emissions are widely distributed and result in a relatively low global background CO concentration. On the other hand, man-made emissions tend to be concentrated in local, mainly urban areas, and are responsible for the high CO concentrations associated with adverse health effects. The major man-made source of CO is motor vehicles - primarily automobiles and light trucks with gasoline burning internal combustion engines.

Why did the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department (EPGMD) establish the requirement to review a parking facility with a design capacity of 400 or more parking spaces? 

Parking facilities with 400 or more parking spaces, depending on location, capacity and levels of service of surrounding roads and intersections, impact air quality by generating CO emissions that might cause an exceedance of the CO standard. The parking facility Air Quality Impact study will provide information on the project's air quality impact.

In the last 18 months, the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division has reviewed projects where the proposed number of parking spaces was less than 750, which resulted in estimated CO concentrations that were either at or exceeding the eight-hour CO standard. The reasons were: location of the project, high number of parking facilities located within 1/4 of a mile of the project, over capacity roads, and surrounding streets and intersections with levels of service (F).

What should the applicant do if complete information on all phases is not available? 
The ordinance is flexible in allowing submittal of partial information for review. Usually, applicants submit information estimating the total number of parking spaces for the entire project. If the applicant can't use best estimates at the time of analysis, then the applicant can submit that information and apply only for the known number of parking spaces. The applicant should submit an additional application for the other phases at the time that information becomes available.

Does the ordinance provide the methodology to perform the Air Quality Impact study? 
The ordinance lists the information needed to perform the Air Quality Impact study providing detailed procedure and review parameters. Also, the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division provides an informational package and technical support to the applicants when they prepare an application required to get a parking facility license.

What happens if the Parking Facility license expires and the facility is not completed and operational (facility has not received the Certificate of Occupancy)?

The ordinance provides the owner/applicant with two options:
a) Submit a brief study indicating that no significant changes have occurred to modify the previously estimated CO concentrations, in which case the license will be extended in accordance with Chapter 27, Article I, for the amount of time necessary to complete the project.

b) Submit a new application and provide updated information regarding the project, if conditions since the initial application have changed.

Will EPGMD provide a list of proposed mitigation measures? 
EPGMD can provide examples of mitigation measures. EPGMD will not make recommendations.

What happens if the applicant does not follow the Parking Facility licensing requirements? 

The owner/applicant would be subject to the provisions of Chapter 27, Article I, General Violations and Prohibition.



Regulations

The regulations for the environmental divisions of our Department (Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department) are found in Chapter 27, Broward County Code. To view Chapter 27, please follow the link to Municode which provides free access to local government regulations. Once at Municipal Code Web Site, select Chapter 27- Pollution Control in the left column. This will expand Chapter 27 to show all Articles and then, you can select the Article you wish to see.

What is an administrative review?
An administrative review is a dispute of or challenge to staff determination from the environmental divisions of our Department (Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department) made pursuant to Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code. The procedures for filing an administrative review can be found in sec. 27-14, Broward County Code. To view the procedures and criteria, you can follow the link to Municode and go to Chapter 27 Article I section 27-14 of the Broward County Code.

A person with a substantial interest may file a petition to request review of or to intervene in a review of a final administrative determination concerning, but not limited to, the following:

  • the requirement that a facility or activity obtain a license or approval;
  • interpretations of license or approval conditions or scope;
  • the issuance, denial, suspension or revocation of a license; or
  • similar final administrative determinations.

What if I have questions about the administrative review process?
Contact Enforcement Administration at 954-519-1210.

What is a variance?
A variance is the authorization to conduct an activity that would be contrary to the requirements of Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code. Variances are granted by a hearing examiner based on criteria found in the Code and following a quasi-judicial public hearing. To view the procedures and criteria for applying for and receiving a variance, you can follow the link to Municode and go to Chapter 27 Article I sections 27-10 to 27-13 of the Broward County Code or for additional information go to our Variance page.

How do I apply for a variance?
An application for a variance may be made in the form of a narrative letter addressed to the Environmental Compliance Administrator and mailed to the address on our home page. A proper application, at a minimum, shall include a fee of $250 (payable to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners) and address the requirements of sections 27-12 and 27-13, Broward County Code. For additional information go to our Variance page.

What if I have questions about the variance process?

Feel free to view our Variance web page or contact Enforcement Administration at 954-519-1210.



Tree Preservation Program

In which cities does Broward County enforce it’s Tree Preservation and Abuse Ordinance?

The Ordinance is enforced within the following municipalities:

Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, North Lauderdale, Pembroke Park, Unincorporated Broward County, Sea Ranch Lakes, Tamarac, and Wilton Manors.
In addition the Ordinance is enforced on the following properties countywide:
School Board Property, Broward County Property, and County Environmental Designated Lands (LAPC, NRA, NFC).
The following municipalities have Certified Tree Ordinances and enforce their Ordinance in lieu of County enforcement:
Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderhill, Margate, Miramar, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Weston, and West Park
Do all trees require a tree removal permit?
All trees 3 inches in trunk diameter (measured at 4.5 feet above the ground or DBH) require a Broward County Tree Removal License.  There are exemptions however, such as nuisance trees, hazard trees or tree near powerlines.  Contact 954-519-1483 to determine if a tree removal license is required.

Is a permit required to trim trees?
Broward County does not require a permit to trim trees. Any tree service who trims trees, however, must have a Broward County Tree Trimmers (Contractors) License.

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).

Are there restrictions on how trees and palms can be trimmed?
All trees and palms must be trimmed in accordance with Broward County Code and ANSI national pruning standards. Improper practices such as “topping”, “hatracking”, “overlifting”, or “lions tailing” are prohibited.  Contact 954-519-1483 for more information.

My neighbor’s tree is growing on to my property. Am I allowed to trim it?
A tree overhanging your property can trimmed from your property, as long as the tree trimming rules as described in 3 and 4 above are followed.


Significant Environmental Impact Facilities (SEIF)

As defined in Chapter 27 of Broward County Code, SEIFs are:

  • Parking facility with more than 750 parking spaces
  • Electrical power plants
  • Major source of air pollution
  • Wastewater treatment plant or non-domestic wastewater discharge
  • Solid waste management facility
  • Storage Tank Facility installing a tank greater than 30,000 gallons
  • Hazardous material transfer facility
  • Hazardous material wellfield facility located in a zone 1 wellfield protection area
  • Hazardous waste large quantity generator

To learn more about SEIFs, visit the following Broward County webpage: www.broward.org/Environment/Pages/Notice

What is this Public Notice that I received in the mail?
Broward County Administrative Code has notification requirements that apply to applications and licenses to construct, operate, renew, or make a modification to a SEIF. Among those notification requirements is that the applicant must send out notifications to the owners of all properties located within 500 feet of the SEIF.

Your property was identified as being within 500 feet of the SEIF, and therefore you were sent this notification as required by Broward County code. There are two Public Notices; one that is mailed when an application is submitted, and one that is mailed when the County grants the applicable License.

What is this Public Notice I received via email?
Your property was identified as being within 4 miles of a Solid Waste Management Facility and our records show you have requested to be informed of changes to the Solid Waste Management SEIF.

Am I required to do anything?
No response is required.

Where is this facility located?
The facility address is provided for you on the notification form from the applicant.

How will this impact the environment?
As a part of the application review process, the applicant has to provide reasonable assurances to Broward County in accordance with applicable rules and regulations that there are no threats to the environment or human health.

Where can I get more information about this facility?
The easiest way to obtain copies of documents related to the SEIF is from the comfort of your own chair using the internet! You can visit ENVIROS, the County’s electronic repository, at: dpep.broward.org/Enviros/​.
You should search by the Permit / License Number provided on the notification letter and view the documents located on the Documents tab in Enviros.

Alternatively, you can visit the County’s offices at the address shown on the notification form during normal business hours, 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.

What if I object to the SEIF application?
Broward County will first review the SEIF application to ensure that the applicant has met all rules and regulations. Should Broward County issue the License or approval for the SEIF, you will receive the second Public Notice.

Once the License or approval is issued, a person with a substantial interest may file a petition to request review of or to intervene in a review of a final administrative determination within 10 days subject to the provisions of Section 27-14 Broward County Code of Ordinances (BCC). The following are details of the subject facility license description agency and contact information. You can access the administrative review provisions in Chapter 27-14, BCC, through the following Broward County website: broward.org/EnvironmentAndGrowth/EnvironmentalProgramsResources/Enforcement/Pages/Enforcement

Is there anyone to whom I can direct my questions?

Sure. Call the number at the bottom of the notification letter or email. Depending upon the nature of your questions, your call will be routed to staff that can assist you.



Surface Water Management Program

What is a Surface Water Management License?
A surface water management license is an authorization to construct or operate water management (drainage) works.  Water management works means any works of humankind, designed or contrived to alter, regulate, control, or in any way affect or modify the natural flow or level of water, whether surface or subterranean in occurrence or origin, including canals, dams, levees, spillways, locks, culverts, bridges, reservoirs, sluice ways, streams, pumping stations, structures, embankments, roadways, causeways, lakes, dikes, holding basins, flood ways, navigation and conservation works, and other works and facilities, within the territorial limits of Broward County, Florida.  The definition of water management works shall be construed to include the control, use, and maintenance of such works as herein defined.  To get more information on surface water management license contact the Broward County Surface Water Management Section at (954) 519-1483.

How do I find out about Surface Water Management License regulations?
The Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division is governed by Chapter 27 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.  Most of the Water Resources Management Regulations are contained in Article V of this chapter.  Chapter 27 can be accessed electronically.

When do I need a Surface Water Management License?
A surface water management license is required for the construction or modification of development projects.  No water management works within Broward County shall be excavated, created, constructed, altered, or abandoned unless a surface water management license has been obtained.  Once the construction of the surface water management system is completed and certified, the surface water management construction licensed is converted to a surface water management operational license.  This operational license lasts for the life of the project; however, it must be renewed every five (5) years.  To get more information on licensing requirements contact the Broward County Surface Water Management Section at (954) 519-1483.

Why a Surface Water Management Operational License has to be renewed every five (5) years?
The renewal of a Surface Water Management Operational License is a process in which a Florida Registered Professional Engineer certifies that all components of the surface water management system authorized in the surface water management license document are in substantial conformance with the construction plans and specifications licensed by the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Division (EPGMD).

What are the requirements to renew a Surface Water Management Operational License?
  1. A log of the operation and maintenance schedules for all components of the surface water management facilities
  2. A certification letter signed and sealed by a Florida Registered Professional Engineer certifying that all components of the surface water management system are functioning as originally licensed.  
  3. Renewal fee
To get more information on the requirements contact the Broward County Surface Water Management Section at (954) 519-1483.

When is a transfer of the existing Surface Water Management Construction/Operational License required?
When a property that has a surface water management license (in construction or operation) changes ownership, the new owner of a licensed project or facility must apply for a transfer of the license within thirty (30) days after sale or legal transfer.  Until the new owner notifies the EPGMD of the transfer and the name of the transferee, the transferor will remain liable for performance in accord with the license and will be liable for the violations caused by the transferee's activities until the transferee obtains a transfer of license and is operating in conformance with this chapter.  The transferee will also be responsible for any violations of this chapter that result from the transferee's activities.  The transferee shall comply with the transferor's original license conditions when the transferee has failed to obtain its own license.

What information is required to transfer a Surface Water Management License?
  1. Transfer Application signed by the owner
  2. Transfer Application fee
  3. Copy of warranty deed
To get more information on the requirements contact the Broward County Surface Water Management Section at (954) 519-1483.

In what instances is a Property Owner’s Association (POA) required for issuance, renewal, or transfer of a Surface Water Management License?
A POA is required when more than two properties that are owned by different entities share a surface water management (drainage) system.

Can I apply for a Surface Water Management License online?
Yes.  Broward County has an ePermits portal. You need to create an account and select Surface Water Management License and then follow the steps in the process.

Where can I find the applications? 
Applications for County licenses and State permits can be found at Broward County's Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department's form section

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).


 

Waste Regulation

What is solid waste?
As defined in Chapter 62-701.200, F.A.C., “Solid waste” means: sludge unregulated under the federal Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act; sludge from a waste treatment works, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility; or garbage, rubbish, refuse, special waste, or other discarded material, including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from domestic, industrial, commercial, mining, agricultural, or governmental operations. Materials not regulated as solid waste pursuant to this chapter are: recovered materials; nuclear source or byproduct materials regulated under Chapter 404, F.S., or under the Federal Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended; suspended or dissolved materials in domestic sewage effluent or irrigation return flows, or other regulated point source discharges; regulated air emissions; and fluids or wastes associated with natural gas or crude oil exploration or production.

What is clean debris?
Clean debris means any solid waste which is virtually inert, which is not a pollution threat to ground water or surface waters, is not a fire hazard, and is likely to retain its physical and chemical structure under expected conditions of disposal or use. The term includes brick, glass, ceramics, and uncontaminated concrete including embedded pipe or steel.

Where can I find the county and state solid waste regulations?
You may find county solid waste regulations on Chapter 27, Article VI of the Broward County Code of Ordinances (once at Municipal Code Web Site, select the plus sign next to Chapter 27- Pollution Control in the left column. This will expand Chapter 27 to show all Articles. Click on Article VI) and state solid waste regulation under Chapter 62-701, F.A.C.

I'm interested in constructing on an old closed landfill site. What are the requirements for this type of activity?
Please refer to the Guidance for Disturbance and Use of Old Closed Landfills or Waste Disposal Areas in Florida, Final v.2.2, August 19, 2015

How can I report solid waste related complaints?
You can call our complaint line 24 hours a day at 954-519-1499 or fill out our Online Complaint Form

What types of facilities need a license/permit from the Waste Management Section?
The following facilities require a license/permit from the Waste Management Section:

Solid Waste Facilities:

  • Borrow Pit Reclamation Projects
  • Landfills
  • Material Recovery Facilities or Transfer Stations
  • Compost Facilities
  • Waste Tire Processing or Collection Facilities
  • Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Facilities

Hazardous Materials Transfer Stations:

  • Discarded Hazardous Materials
  • Sludge
  • Biomedical Waste

Waste Transporters:

  • Waste Transporters:
  • Discarded Hazardous Material Hauling
  • Sludge Hauling
  • Biomedical Waste Hauling

For licenses/permit application, refer to the Licenses and Applications section.

How do I apply for solid waste license?
For licenses/permit application, refer to the Licenses and Applications section.

Where should I send the permit application and application fee?
Submit the application electronically via ePermits

Who should the application fee be made payable to?
Funds for application processing should be made payable to the Broward County Board of Commissioners.

Where can I obtain solid waste related policies documentation and memos?
Solid waste policy memos can be found in the Florida DEP Solid Waste Policies Memos website.

What should I do with hurricane debris?
The Florida DEP created a Hurricane Information Website to help staging areas operate smoothly during emergency.

What do I need to do to become a Waste Tire Hauler?
Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department does not regulate waste tire transporters. Please refer to the Florida DEP Waste Tire Management Program website.

For more information, contact the Cleanup and Waste Regulation Section at 954-519-1483.



Wetlands and Other Surface Waters 

How do I know if there are wetlands on my property?
The presence of wetlands on a property is not always obvious. To determine if there are wetlands on your property you can request a wetland determination from our group by submitting an application with the appropriate fee.  We use the State method for evaluation of wetlands, known as Chapter 62-340 Florida Administrative Code.

How long does a wetland determination take?
If the wetland determination application is complete, we will visit the site as soon as possible. Typically, this may take one to two weeks depending on staff schedules.

Do I also need a state permit for in-water work from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)?
Broward County has been delegated by FDEP to regulate in-water projects in some areas of the county.  If a state permit is required it would be issued concurrently with the county license.  State permitting fees would apply in addition to the county licensing fees.  To get more information on licensing requirements contact the Broward County Aquatic and Wetlands Resources Section at (954) 519-1483.

Can I remove exotic trees from my wetland area?
An environmental resource license is required to remove exotic trees from a wetland area and the use of heavy equipment is prohibited.

Can I place mulch on my wetland area?
Mulch is considered to be filling a wetland as is laying sod.  A wetland area may be mowed, as long as the remaining wetland plants are at least 6” or taller.

Can I create or fill a surface water / pond on my property? 
Yes.  A license is required to excavate a water body greater than 1 acre in size from uplands or to fill any size surface water area.  Prior to any excavation, a wetland determination should be obtained.

What can I fill a surface water / pond with? 
Material that does not contain solid waste, are capable of decomposition or cause water quality degradation.  Construction and demolition materials are NOT allowed.

Where can I find the applications? 
Applications for County licenses and State permits can be found at Broward County's Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department's form section

Can I pay the permitting fees by credit card?
Yes, processing fees for license/permit applications submitted electronically through the Broward ePermits portal can be paid directly on the site via credit cards or eChecks.  As for hard copy submittals, credit card payments can be processed with the Water and Environmental Licensing Section Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).

Who do I call for questions about licensing?
To get more information on licensing requirements contact the Broward County Aquatic and Wetlands Resources Section at 954-519-1483.