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 tTitle (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 via:
    • Mail
      Development Services Department
      Attn: Natural Resource Section
      P.O. Box 1110
      Tampa FL 33601-1110
    • In person
      County Center
      Natural Resources - 19th Floor
      601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
      Tampa, FL 33602
    • Fax- (813) 274-6721

What's Next

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

Get Help

(813) 272-5600 ext. 39413

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