As of March 10, 2003, in order to discharge stormwater from a construction site, all construction projects that disturb one acre or more of land must have either:
- an individual stormwater permit or
- coverage under on of Florida's general permits
Disturbance includes, but is not limited to soil disturbance, clearing, grading, and excavation. Operators of sites disturbing less than one acre are also required to obtain a permit if their activity is part of a "larger common plan of development or sale" with a planned disturbance of one acre or greater.
When applying for an individual permit or for coverage under a statewide general permit, you must file an application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection prior to the commencement of your construction activities.
In addition to the statewide rules, local stormwater and erosion control regulations may be required. Please check with your city or county government to determine if additional regulations apply to your construction project.
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