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Permitting and Regulation Directory


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Permitting and Regulation

Wellfield Protection Water & Irrigation Land Development Review & Monitoring Upland / Wetland Vegetation Protection Tanks Compliance & Petroleum Cleanup Sea Turtle Protection & Lighting Compliance NPDES, Fish Kills, Surface & Storm Water Quality Excavation & Littoral Planting

The goal of Permitting and Regulation is to protect Palm Beach County's natural resources though environmental assessment, permitting, compliance and land development review activities. Prior to site development, ERM provides comments to the Planning, Zoning and Building Development Review Officer (DRO) to ensure that the proposed development is consistent with environmental regulations. Environmental inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the following Ordinances, Unified Land Development Codes (ULDC), and Florida Administrative Codes (FAC). A number of informational pamphlets and resource materials are available for your use.


Environmental Programs



Protects the surface and groundwater from petroleum contamination through implementation of the Petroleum Storage Tank Ordinance No. 2015-008 using the inspection process as the primary tool.

  • Ordinance No. 2015-08 - Palm Beach County Petroleum Storage SystemsPDF
  • Chapter 62-761 FAC - Underground Storage Tank Systems Adobe PDF Document
  • Chapter 62-762 FAC - Aboveground Storage Tank Systems Adobe PDF Document

    Re-mediates contaminated surface and groundwater as identified by the State. Enforces the Palm Beach County Cleanup Ordinance No. 2015-007 and maintains the groundwater modeling used to define the wellfield protection zones, as required by the Palm Beach County Wellfield Protection Ordinance.

  • Ordinance 2015-007 - Palm Beach County Petroleum Contamination Cleanup Criteria Adobe PDF Document
  • Chapter 62-780 FAC - Petroleum Contaminated Site Cleanup CriteriaPDF
  • Chapter 62-777 FAC - Contaminant Cleanup Target LevelsPDF

    Protects the water resources through implementation of the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC), Article 14.B, Wellfield Protection and participating in pollution prevention activities.

  • ULDC, Article 14.B., Wellfield Protection Adobe PDF Document
    Protects the water resources through water quality monitoring of the County's fresh and estuarine water bodies, implementation of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Ordinance No. 2004-050, and oversight of the County's National Pollution Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES).
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Ordinance No. 2004-050 Adobe PDF Document

  • NPDES [External Link]

    Protects the water resources for newly constructed lakes and mines through implementation of the ULDC Article 4.D Excavation, as amended by Ordinance 2008-037, to require "planted littoral shelves" which provide for erosion control, wildlife habitat and enhance water quality.

  • Ordinance 2008-037
  • ULDC, Article 4.D., Excavation

    Protects the water resources from wasteful irrigation practices through the Water Conservation and Irrigation Ordinance No. 93-3 that restricts use of water for irrigation between the hours of 5:00 p.m.

  • Ordinance No. 93-3PDF

    Supports the land development process to ensure proposed projects are in compliance with environmental codes above, ULDC Article 14.C, Vegetation Preservation and Protection, and Article 14.A, Sea Turtle Protection.


    Protects the native vegetation ecosystems from unnecessary destruction through issuing approvals subject to ULDC Article 14.C. Vegetation Preservation and Protection and ULDC Article 14.D Prohibited Invasive Non-Native Vegetation Removal.

  • ULDC, Article 14.C, Vegetation Preservation and ProtectionAdobe PDF Document
  • ULDC, Article 14.D, Prohibited Invasive Non-Native VegetationAdobe PDF Document

    Protects sea turtles and their hatchlings that are often adversely impacted during their nesting activities from coastal construction and artificial lighting.

  • ULDC, Article 14.A., Sea Turtle Protection & Sand Preservation Adobe PDF Document
    Interested in riding in a natural setting? Click above to learn more about trail guides and obtaining a permit.


  • ULDC, Article 1, Definitions Adobe PDF Document
  • Development of Man Made Lakes in the Surficial Aquifer System in Palm Beach CountyAdobe PDF Document
  • Creation and Maintenance of Planted Littoral Zone Adobe PDF Document
  • Protect Our Surface Waters-How Homeowners Can HelpAdobe PDF Document
  • PBC Inventory of Environmental Sustainability Initiatives Adobe PDF Document

    Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

    • Hungryland Slough Natural Area - REOPENED
    • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
      Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
    • Pawpaw Preserve - UPDATE
      The Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to,or can be provided at the May 26, 2016 Public Hearing and Open House. Click on the link for time and location. [LINK]
    • Adventure Awaits - Sunrise Hike, May 7th 6:30am
      Join us for a guided hike through Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter. For more details and to reserve your spot, click on the link to the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Adventure Awaits - Firewalk, The Spark of Life, May 24th 5:30pm
      Join us at Sweetbay Natural Area in Palm Beach Gardens for this guided hike. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Adventure Awaits - Namaste, Yoga in the Natural Areas, May 25th 6:30pm
      Join us at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton for this unique experience. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
      Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
    • Running Wild, June 4th 7:00am
      Run with ERM at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area will cover approximately 10 miles and take participants through a variety of habitats on a combination of hardened and primitive trails. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Photography Workshop, June 10th 6:00pm
      Take part in a guided photography tour of Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Paddle, June 15th 5:30pm
      Come paddle with ERM staff to Fullerton Island in Jupiter as the sun sets over this recently restored 12 acre maritime hammock island with newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Adventure Awaits - Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, June 18th 9:00am
      ERM staff will lead you and your child on a guided walk through the woods at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area highlighting points of interest associated with "Birds in Your Backyard" followed by an arts and crafts project each child can take home. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
      Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
    • Environmental Times Newsletter
      Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
    • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
      See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
    • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
      While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
    • Scavenger Hunts
      Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
    • ERM's Status Reports
      Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]