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Permitting of Consumptive Uses of Water (Florida)

Eligibility 
Agricultural
Commercial
Construction
Developer
Fed. Government
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal/Public Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State/Provincial Govt
Systems Integrator
Transportation
Tribal Government
Utility
Program Info
State 
Florida
Program Type 
Siting and Permitting
Provider 
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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.