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Environmental Permitting Review Process & Application Forms

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The development review process within the environmental permitting section can take many forms depending on what type of development is proposed. We review all proposed development to ensure the development is in compliance with the natural resource regulations as approved and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. We strive to provide excellent customer service and to foster understanding of why protection of the County's natural resources is important to all of its citizens.

Here are some of the different types of reviews in which we participate and some tips for you to help expedite the process.

Tips
One of the most common reasons we have to put your development application on hold is that the application is incomplete. Here are some of the more common missing items from a development application.

  1. If you have wetlands on your property, be sure to submit a certified survey of the wetland boundaries that has been approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District or us.
  2. If you have an existing tree canopy or trees larger than 4 inches in diameter at breast height, a tree and vegetation survey is required.
  3. If your property is located on a water body, a survey depicting the location of the mean high water line is required.
  4. If wetland impacts are proposed, a mitigation plan that compensates for the losses of those wetlands is required.

Another common reason your application can be put on hold is non-payment of the application fees. Applications cannot be processed until all fees are paid.

Building Permits
The Natural Resources Management Office participates in the County's One-Stop Permitting Process. We devote one full-time position to this process. We review proposed single-family homes, pools, fences and a wide variety of permits to ensure compliance with the natural resource regulations.

Subdivisions and Site Plans
We review all proposed residential, commercial and industrial development to ensure that the project is in compliance with the natural resource regulations.

Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Rezoning Applications
We provide technical assistance to the Planning and Zoning Office on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments and rezoning applications. We provide information on what type of natural resources may be present on a property and what natural resource regulations may be applicable.

Land Alterations (borrow pits, spoil sites or sand mines)
We review proposed land alterations to ensure compliance with the natural resource regulations. Land alterations are those projects where dirt or rock is removed from a site and placed elsewhere or where dirt or rock is deposited on a site.

Private Lakes
If you need to dig a pond or lake greater than 1 acre, you will need a permit from us. We review proposed ponds and lakes to ensure they comply with the applicable setbacks and are designed to provide valuable wildlife habitat.

Seawalls and Revetments
If you own waterfront property, you will need to obtain a permit from us to install a seawall or revetment. Properties must be experiencing erosion and non-structural alternatives have failed before you may be eligible for a hardened shoreline.

Exemptions
Most of the County's natural resource regulations contain exemption for certain activities or properties from having to comply with the regulations. If you think you may be exempt, you can request an Ordinance Exemption Letter from us. We will provide to you, in writing, whether you qualify for the exemption.

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Property Reviews
If you are thinking of purchasing vacant land, consider taking advantage of our property review. This service will provide an analysis of the property using natural resource maps in our Office. The analysis will provide information on whether the property may have wetlands, floodprone areas, aquifer recharge areas, protected wildlife, whether you are subject to coastal or surface water regulations. This is a preliminary assessment based on environmental maps available to the NRMO at the time of this review and does not include a site inspection to verify the accuracy of this information. This review does not ensure whether or not a proposed use or development of the property can be permitted under current Federal, State or local regulations and ordinances. Due to our limited staff and current workload, it will take approximately 30 calendar days to conduct this service.

Preliminary Wetland Determinations
If you think you may have wetlands on your residential property and need the boundaries marked for surveying, you may want to consider having a wetland determination conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This service is free of charge and will mark the boundaries of any wetlands present. You may contact them at (407)894-7555. There is only one staff person available for wetland determinations for Brevard County so the determination may take 8 weeks or longer. You may also hire a qualified environmental professional to conduct this wetland determination. A list of qualified environmental professionals is available from this Office or click here.

If you only need to determine whether or not wetlands are present, you may request this service from the Natural Resources Management Office. This service is performed for a fee and the application form may be downloaded here. Due to our limited staff and current workload, there may be a delay of up to four months to conduct this service.

View Environmental Permitting Application Forms - Please note that our fees have changed. Please download the Fee Schedule while we update our forms.

Application forms can be downloaded for your convenience. Please note that our fees have changed. New fees can be found here while we update our forms.

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Viera, FL 32940

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