Apply for a Natural Resource Site and Subdivision Permit


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A permit from our Natural Resources unit is required on all site development and subdivision projects prior to beginning any land alteration activities. This includes any activity which removes vegetation from or changes the topography of the land, but excludes activities undertaken to maintain existing grounds.


Fees vary and will be determined during the application process


  • Activity type
    • Tree removal (number, trunk diameter, type)
    • Grubbing (type of vegetation)
    • Cleaning (type of vegetation)
    • Grading
    • Excavating (cubic yards to be removed off-site)
    • Filling (type, source and cubic yards)
    • Required landscaping
  • Activity reason(s)
    • Subdivision infrastructure development
    • Subdivision lot development (specify by block and lot)
    • Commercial project (e.g., multifamily residential, mobile home park, office, retail, church, fire station, wastewater treatment plant, industrial complex, etc.)
    • Tree transplanting (indicating the proposed transplanting methods)
    • Unhealthy or damaged tree(s)
    • Other (specify)
  • Is a Blanket Landscape Permit being requested
    • Lots without trees
      • Lot number and area
    • Lots with trees
      • Lot number, area and width
      • Number, type and size of tree(s) to be saved
  • Is the property being rezoned
    • If yes, what zoning district
    • Zoning petition number
    • Property's current land use
    • Counseled by a Development staff member?
      • If yes, by whom
    • Any zoning or code violation?
      • If yes, the nature of the violation
  • Project title
  • Address of property
  • Subdivision name, block and lot
  • Section/township/range
  • Folio number
  • Directions to property
  • Contact's email address:
  • Owner's name, phone and address
  • Applicant's name (if other than Owner) phone and address
  • Person, firm or corporation physically conducting work, phone and address

Things To Consider

How To

  1. Complete the appropriate application
  2. Request a submittal appointment with the Site & Subdivision team
  3. Ensure that you have all required files labeled with the Folio number and name of the project
    • Files must be in pdf format and contained within a single .zip file. If you need assistance creating a .zip file, a visual guide is available.
    • Files with digital signatures must follow Florida Statues Chapter 668 - Electronic Commerce and Florida Administrative Code for Engineers and Architects
  4. 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment, staff will email you a link to upload your files. A visual guide on creating a zip file and uploading your documents is available.
    • Our intake staff will review your submission and notify you if there are any missing/incorrect items

*Fillable forms may not work with many browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.) - if you have issues with the form, do one of the following:

  • Download the form to your computer, open it up with a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, then fill it out and print it
  • Download the printable version of the form, print and fill out by hand

What's Next

  1. Staff will:
    • review the application packet for completeness
    • assign an application review number
    • answer any questions you may have about the application
  2. Within 15 working days of receiving the application, Natural Resources staff will review the application, and we will issue a permit within 20 working days subject to approval from all reviewing agencies
    • If a Blanket Landscape permit was requested:
      • any lots that will require an individual LAL permit will be identified. This occurs when the determination on a tree status (saved or removed), is unknown until the model of home is selected.
      • Blanket Landscape Alteration permits will be issued with the construction plan approval.
      • If any changes are necessary after the Blanket LAL permit is issued, such as Lot/Block number changes, notify us of the changes so the permit can be modified accordingly.
    • If approved, we will send the the permit via email and first class mail
  3. If the permit application is not approved, we will send you a letter indicating conditions for resubmittal or reasons for denial of the permit application
  4. We may include conditions and safeguards as part of the permit
  5. Any person affected by the decision to approve, approve with conditions, or deny a permit may request a Land Use Hearing Officer to review the decision

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