Permitting of Consumptive Uses of Water (Florida)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Florida

Applies to States or Provinces Florida
Name Permitting of Consumptive Uses of Water (Florida)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source Water management districts: ; Handbook of Florida Water Regulation- Consumptive Use:


Local water management districts are required to establish programs and regulations to provide for the permitting of consumptive uses of water. Such permitting programs are subject to the authorization and oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department is currently leading an effort to make consumptive use permitting more consistent throughout the state. To obtain a permit pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, the applicant must establish that the proposed use of water: (a) Is a reasonable-beneficial use as defined in this chapter; (b) Will not interfere with any presently existing legal use of water; and (c) Is consistent with the public interest. Water management districts may establish additional conditions. This legislation contains additional information on consumptive use permitting procedures, as well as information on existing permits and water uses, artesian wells, land acquisition, and water conservation requirements.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Janet Llewellyn
Department Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division Office of Water Policy

Place Tallahassee, Florida

Phone 850-245-3139

Contact Name Kathleen P. Greenwood
Department Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division Office of Water Policy

Phone 850-245-3147


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Fla. Stat. 373.203 through 373.250

Authority 2: Fla. Admin. Code 62-40 (Water Resource Implementation Rule)