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Rulemaking Under Review

In alignment with Executive Order No. 11-01 issued January 4, 2011, on statewide rulemaking review, and direction from the Florida Legislature on rulemaking, meetings and activities associated with this agency's rulemaking (including the regulatory rules listed above, as well as Minimum Flows and Levels and Water Reservations rules) may be rescheduled.

The South Florida Water Management District is committed to working with the Governor's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform and with the Florida Legislature to enhance the rulemaking process and to keeping our communities informed. Please check this website for updates.

Permitting Legislation (SB 2080) and Public Comment
  • Just the Facts: Improving Public Involvement in Permitting at the SFWMD (July 2009) [PDF]
  • Senate Bill 2080 [Florida Legislature's Web site]
  • Letter from Governor Crist to Secretary of State [PDF]
  • July 8, 2009 News Release [PDF]
  • Guest Editorial from Michael W. Sole, Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection [PDF]
  • Ripple Effect eNewsletter, July 2009 – SFWMD Increases Transparency and Enhances Public Process for Regulatory Permitting Programs [PDF]

Rulemaking Legislation (HB1565) effective November 17, 2010, sets threshold for when agencies must prepare a Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost and when a proposed rule must be ratified by the Legislature.
  • House Bill 1565 [PDF]

Regulatory Peer Review Forum

The Regulatory Peer Review Forum was implemented in March of 1996 and focuses on regulatory issues. Members of the Peer Review Group include representatives from local and state governments, as well as representatives of firms who regularly submit permit applications for projects. These representatives provide input on questions, concerns, and proposed improvements to those parts of the regulatory process which relate to environmental resource permitting.

An invitation is extended to anyone who wishes to share perspectives on all aspects of the permitting process in order that the Regulation Division can better serve the public.

If you have any questions, please contact
Tony Waterhouse
(561) 682-6867
2010 and 2011 Meeting Dates
All meetings are at SFWMD Headquarters
B-1 Building, 2nd floor East, Richard Rogers Room
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Laurie Donovan
(561) 682-6854
Monthly Regulatory Meetings
Changes in the Permit Review Process

A 2009 amendment to Chapter 373 of the Florida Statutes delegates to executive directors at the state's five water management districts the authority to approve permit applications related to water resources and the environment. To ensure continuing public involvement, the South Florida Water Management District is strengthening its commitment to transparency and open government by increasing public access to its permitting process via Monthly Regulatory Meetings held for the public.
Public Meetings
All meetings are at SFWMD Headquarters in the Storch Room
  • January 18, 2012, Wednesday
    Agenda [PDF]

  • February 15, 2012, Wednesday

  • March 21, 2012, Wednesday

  • April 18, 2012, Wednesday

  • May 16, 2012, Wednesday

  • June 20, 2012, Wednesday

  • July 18, 2012, Wednesday

  • August 15, 2012, Wednesday

  • September 19, 2012, Wednesday

  • October 17, 2012, Wednesday

  • November 21, 2012, Wednesday

  • December 19, 2012, Wednesday

Public Meetings Archive (2011, 2010 and 2009) »  
If you wish to participate in Public Meetings to discuss Regulatory Matters but cannot attend them in West Palm Beach, you can interact and provide comments during video-conferences at these service centers.

Meetings will also be webcast. You may also send comments to the District about applications for Consumptive Use Permits and Environmental Resource Permits through ePermitting.

Written comments can be mailed to:
South Florida Water Management District
MSC 2440
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

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