What We Do
The Environmental and Consumer Protection Division are the advocates for the public. We provide information on child care licensing, environmental issues, disability assistance, auto repair, hazardous materials, movers, taxicabs, illegal towing and vehicles for hire. Learn about the Consumer Bill of Rights and how to file a consumer complaint.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Vision: A world-class provider of regulatory services
Mission: Protect and improve the quality of life in Broward County through smart* regulation
*Regulation approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, relevant to current quality of life issues, compliance assistance focused, and limited in scope to that necessary to accomplish the intent.
We Serve and Protect
- We Serve the Public
- We Pursue Excellence
- We Embrace Change
- We Act with Integrity
- We Serve Each Other
We issue licenses and permits for several industries in Broward County. County regulations ensure a fair, safe and competitive marketplace, establish your rights and responsibilities when conducting business with them and also outline how to become a licensee.
The Environmental and Consumer Protection Division (ECPD) protects the environment by regulating businesses with hazardous materials and storage tanks. Additionally, to provide safe and secure management of Broward County aquifers, ECPD regulates businesses that store, handle or use high-risk hazardous materials within wellfield protection areas of Broward County's community water systems.
We administer, regulate and enforce county, state and federal consumer protection laws and rules involving unfair or deceptive trade practices and offer information and referral involving consumer issues. We will investigate and mediate your complaint if you feel you are a victim of an unfair or deceptive trade practice by a business located in Broward County or involving a service performed in Broward County. We also issue citations against a variety of businesses, including auto repair shops, auto body/paint shops, taxicabs, limousines, transport vans, chauffeurs, kosher food sellers and movers operating in violation of county ordinances.
Child Care Licensing
The mission of the Child Care Licensing section (CCLE) is to regulate, enforce and improve the quality of child care in Broward County. CCLE is responsible for the implementation of the state-mandated licensing of all child care facilities and family child care homes in Broward County. CCLE monitors child care providers for compliance with health and safety standards. It also registers religious and non-public schools offering child care services. CCLE is the only COA approved agency in the Country.
Enforcement Administration is a support section responsible for the centralized management of enforcement actions for the Department's environmental, consumer protection, and building code services programs. The section establishes Department-wide enforcement standards, thereby ensuring fairness and consistency of enforcement actions. (Learn more about Enforcement Administration.)
Auto Body, Paint Show, Auto Repair, Chauffeur, Child Care, Hazardous Materials, Kosher Food, Medical Transport, Movers, Storage Tanks, Towing and Vehicle for Hire forms.
Save time and avoid the lines, traffic and paper trail with the new one-stop ePermits process. Participating Broward County municipalities and Broward County have teamed up to launch ePermitsOneStop, a centralized website that allows customers to submit their application and have their plans reviewed online for County and some municipality permits, licenses and approvals.
Using ePermitsOneStop, customers can now apply and receive approval for both municipality building permits and associated Broward County permits in a quicker, more seamless process, eliminating the need to travel to Broward’s Government Center West in Plantation.