Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)Division of Water Resource Management
Regional Water Management Districts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida has authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, including stormwater discharges associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). The state generally follows the federal permitting requirements. See the national section STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for more on the federal permitting program.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water Resource Management is responsible for administering and enforcing the federal stormwater discharge permit regulations in Florida. The DEP and five regional water management districts administer the state stormwater program.
FAC 62-624.100 to 62-624.810 and FAC 62-621.300(7)
In Florida, any operator of a Phase I or regulated Phase II MS4 must be covered by a NPDES permit and have implemented a comprehensive stormwater management program. Phase I addresses ...