Water Programs

The Water Programs Section protects the water, aquatic, wetland and tree resources of Broward County through the regulation of surface water management systems, domestic wastewater discharges, non-domestic wastewater discharges, non-point source pollution, dredging projects, wetlands, docks/seawalls and through the enforcement of the Broward County Tree Preservation and Abuse Ordinance.

Aquatic and Wetlands Resources Program
Dock and Seawall on a Canal ​
Contact our program if you want to: 
  • Repair or construct a dock, seawall or boatlift
  • Excavate or fill a surface water area
  • Install a headwall, end wall or outfall
  • Dredge at a boat slip
  • Construct a dry storage facility for boats
  • Reconfigure an existing marina
  • Clear vegetation from or place fill on your property
  • Obtain a state permit for docks, seawalls or wetland impacts
  • Clear vegetation along canal or lake banks, wetlands or undeveloped sites (may contain jurisdictional wetlands or mangroves)
  • Stabilize shorelines with rip rap boulders, geotubes or other materials
  • Remove, replace or install utility/transmission lines
  • Operate a marine facility with 5 or more boat slips
  • Trim or remove mangroves
  • Obtain a US Army Corps of Engineers State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP)​

Domestic Wastewater Program
View of domestic wastewater lift station 
Contact our program if you want to: 
• Construct or modify a sanitary sewer collection system
• Build or modify a wastewater treatment plant
• Construct a reuse transmission system
• Build or modify a reuse distribution system and treatment facility
• Obtain a state permit for construction of a sanitary sewer
• Renew a license to operate a wastewater or reuse treatment plant
• Follow up on a sanitary sewer complaint
Surface Water Management
Storm Water management structures 
Contact our program if you want to:   
• Construct or modify a storm water system
• Obtain an Environmental Resource Permit
• Schedule your construction site inspection
• Convert your construction license to an operating license
• Renew a surface water management license
• Follow up on a surface water management complaint
• Obtain our section's release of your Certificate of Occupancy
• Find information about the FEMA community rating system program for unincorporated Broward County

 Do's and Don'ts
Learn some DOs and some DON'Ts. This information is offered only as guidance. For more information contact us at 954-519-1483. Environmental Complaints & Emergency Response 24-hr Hotline: 954-519-1499.
  • Absorbents
  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Aqueous parts washers
  • Brake and carburetor cleaner
  • Brake fluid
  • Floor cleaning wash water
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Freon
  • Hot tank solution 
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Mineral spirits parts washers
  • Paint
  • Shop towels
  • Sump sludges
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Transmission filters
  • Used oil
  • Used oil filters
  • Waste tires​