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Environmental Assessment Resources

The Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division has compiled these resources to assist with the research for environmental assessments in Broward County, Florida. These resources are not intended to be a complete list of all required research, and the Division cannot vouch for the accuracy of any information presented by outside sources. 

If a Consultant or Environmental Professional contacts the Division for a due diligence assessment of a property in Broward County, they will be referred to this website.  This referral will constitute the Division's response in accordance with the All Appropriate Inquiry rule.  We recommend that you use the links on this website to conduct research before contacting the Division with detailed questions about specific properties. 

Broward County Resources:

Broward County Interactive Map of Contaminated Sites and Inventory Report
The Interactive Map is a Geographic Information System (GIS) based map that is linked to information in the County’s Contaminated Locations Database. The Inventory Report is downloadable as an Excel spreadsheet. The map and inventory report are updated daily. 

Broward County Property Appraiser
Includes property ownership information, aerial photographs through 2012, and oblique aerial pictometry images through 2012.  

Broward County Environmental Inquiry and Resource System (ENVIROS)   
Information on environmental permits, licenses and regulatory enforcement in Broward County.  

PPD File Review  
The Division maintains files for facilities that have been issued a Hazardous Material Management Facility License (which includes storage tank facilities and wellfield facilities) or an Environmental Assessment and Remediation (EAR) license. 

Broward County Interactive Maps   
GIS maps including contaminated site locations, census information, the Broward Artificial Reef program, an Air Photo Browser, and the Permit Information System map, which provides information about wellfield protection zones, wetlands, landfills, and many other categories. 

Broward County Highway Construction and Engineering Division Aerial Photographs 
One-mile square aerial photographs of Broward County arranged by Section-Township-Range.  Blueprints of aerials are available and can be ordered for various years from 1962 to 2000.  Historic Aerials are also available from the following years:

Searchable City Directories at the Broward County Main Library  
An electronic database of City Directories is available at the Business, Law, and Government Section on the Fifth Floor of the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale.  The database provides access to names, phone numbers, and addresses from cities in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The directories include:

  • Fort Lauderdale: 1936-1937 through 1981
  • Fort Lauderdale Suburban: 1975 through 1986
  • Hollywood: 1940 through 1983
  • Pompano Beach: 1955 through 1982
  • Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Suburban, Miami North and South Suburban: 1904 to 1989

Broward County Historical Commission 
Collections include historic maps, photographs, government documents, and newspapers.

External Resources:

EPA’s Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Water (DWMAPS)    
DWMAPS is EPA’s online mapping tool to help you find information about drinking water in your community.

EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (EJSCREEN)   
EJSCREEN is an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that utilizes standard and nationally-consistent data to highlight places that may have higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) OCULUS System   
Documents from the Storage Tanks, Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, and Waste Cleanup Program Areas are available to the public through the OCULUS electronic document management system.

FDEP Contamination Locator Map (CLM)   
By specifying an address, a city or a zip code, CLM can locate nearby sites that are currently under DEP's cleanup oversight.  For additional information, see the September/October 2009 edition of the Division newsletter (PDF).   

FDEP Brownfield Areas and Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements (BSRAs)  
Designated brownfield areas and executed BSRAs in Florida.  The FDEP also maintains the Brownfields GeoViewer, which is an interactive map of state-designated Brownfield areas and sites with signed rehabilitation agreements.   

FDEP Institutional Controls Registry (ICR)    
A database containing all contaminated sites in Florida that are subject to institutional and engineering controls.  An interactive map of the database is also available.  

FDEP Interactive Tools
Interactive tools are available from FDEP's various program areas, including Permitting Services, Air, Waste, Water, Green Programs, and Open Government. 

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Envirofacts mapping tool    
Interactive map of environmental databases for facility information, including toxic chemical releases, water discharge permit compliance, hazardous waste handling processes, Superfund status, and air emission estimates.  

USEPA All Appropriate Inquiry Information
The USEPA maintains this page of information about the All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) process of conducting due diligence or Phase I Environmental Site Assessments to determine prior uses and ownership of a property and assess conditions at the property that may be indicative of releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances.  The standards and practices established as comprising “All Appropriate Inquiries” are set forth in regulations promulgated at 40 CFR Part 312.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) Topographic Maps 
USGS topographic maps and other products are available for download and purchase.  In addition, the USGS has recently begun converting historical printed topographic maps to an electronic format.  More than 141,000 of the approximately 180,000 total maps are currently available for download. The conversions will continue to expand until all of the topographic maps created throughout the Survey's history are available to the public.  These historical maps are available for free at: 

University of Florida Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection 
The Map & Imagery Library holds the largest collection of Sanborn maps of Florida cities, outside of the Library of Congress. Over 130 Florida cities and towns are covered, with the earliest map depicting 1884 Cedar Key.    

Google Maps and Google Earth
Google Maps provides access to current aerial photographs. Google Earth includes a feature to view earlier aerial photographs.   

If you have questions or comments about this website or if you would like to recommend a resource to add to the list, you may contact the Division at


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