Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Environmental Land and Water Management Act of 1972, Florida Statutes (FS) 380.012 to 380.12
Developments of regional impact (DRIs): Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 9J-2.001 to 2.048
Developments requiring DRIs: FAC 28-24.001 to 28-24.036
Preapplication conference: FAC 9J-2.021
Application procedures: FAC 9J-2.022
Clearance letters: FAC 9J-2.015
Binding letters of interpretation: FAC 9J-2.016
Annual report: FS 380.06(18)
Florida Quality Developments program (FQD): FS 380.061
Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Division of Community Planning
Regional Planning Councils
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida does not have additional state requirements for an environmental impact statement (EIS) or a regulation requiring impact statements for state actions. The federal rules require preparation of an EIS for any significant federal or federally funded action.
Florida does have a similar requirement for certain developmental activities, whether government or privately funded, to undergo developments of regional impact (DRI) review. FQD was created to provide an alternative to the traditional DRI program.
• Administration and enforcement. The appropriate state agency that oversees the particular activity enforces the requirements for an EIS involving federal projects in Florida. DRIs and FQDs are administered by DCA and the Regional Planning Councils.
Florida has adopted a program that requires certain developments to undergo a review by local and state ...