Apply for a Wetland Setback Encroachment Permit


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Setbacks ranging from 30 feet to 50 feet are required from wetlands and natural water bodies to protect and buffer environmentally sensitive areas. You’ll need authorization if your project encroaches into the setback. We may approve limited retaining walls, unenclosed swimming pools or boardwalks administratively, but most vertical improvements are subject to a variance.


Environmental Protection Commission:  $270


  • Applicant name, address, phone and email
  • Property owner name, address, phone and email
  • Contact person name, address, phone and email
  • Project Title (if applicable)
  • Address and size of the property
  • Zoning, subdivision name, block and lot
  • Section/Township/Range
  • Folio number
  • Directions to property
  • Is the property being rezoned
    • If so, to what zoning district
    • Zoning petition number
  • Current land use of property
  • Has this property been reviewed under the site development ordinance or subdivision regulations specific variance requests
  • Legal description of the property
  • Particular hardship and justification for the request including alternatives considered
  • Reason the adjustment or waiver is warranted
  • The facts to support how you are substantially affected
  • Any correspondence from other jurisdictional agencies pertinent to the request
  • Two copies of a scaled site plan identifying the improvements on the property including the improvements proposed within the wetland setback
  • Cross section drawing

Things To Consider

See the complete application packet for all of the following:

  • a complete list of what is needed on the site plans
  • exceptions for compensation planting
  • guidelines and requirements for compensation planting
  • cross section example drawing
  • list of Florida native plants

How To

  1. Download the application
  2. Complete the appropriate parts
  3.  Submit your application to
    • For files totaling greater than 25 MB, ensure that you have all required files labeled with the Folio number. Files must be in pdf or jpeg format. Highlight all files to be submitted and compress them into a single .zip file. Please ensure you label this file with the folio number. A visual guide on creating zip file and uploading your documents is available.

    Upload your zip file.

Please note: Your signature certifies your legal responsibilities associated with the submission of your application.

*Fillable forms may not work correctly 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 and open it up with a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Download the printable version of the form

What's Next

  • The request will be processed by Natural Resources within 15 business days

Get Help

(813) 272-5600

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