Florida Environmental Impact Statement regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Florida Environmental Land and Water Management Act of 1972, Florida Statutes (FS) 380.012 to 380.12

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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

Regulatory Agencies

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.

State Requirements


Florida has adopted a program that requires certain developments to undergo a review by local and state ...

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