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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a surface water management permit?

Any work in wetlands on agricultural land may require a permit.  In some cases, minor work with minimal impacts to wetlands may not require a permit. Please contact District Headquarters or the DeFuniak Springs service office if you have any questions.

How do I know if I have wetlands on my property? 

Any low lying areas that hold water or near streams or floodplains may be wetlands. Please contact District Headquarters or the DeFuniak Springs service office to help determine if you have wetlands and may require a permit.

Is there a fee for a Surface Water Management permit? 

The fee for a Surface Water Management permit depends on the size of the project and/or its watershed. For most projects the fee is $25, but may be up to $500 for large projects.

How long is the permit good for? 

An agricultural surface water management permit is valid for five years from the date of issuance.

Why do I need to use an engineer or a Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) professional? 

This is required by Florida law. This ensures that the project is consistent with generally accepted engineering standards and to provide for public safety.

What happens to the permit when I sell my property?

If the District is notified of the sale of the property within 30 days after of the sale, the permit is automatically transferred to the new owner. If the District receives notification after that, the permit holder and the new owner will be required to fill out transfer forms. There is no fee for transferring the permit to the new owner.