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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

 

PETROLEUM STORAGE TANK COMPLIANCE

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
  • PETROLEUM CONTAMINATION CLEANUP

    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
  • WELLFIELD PROTECTION

    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
  • SURFACE WATER QUALITY PROTECTION
    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]
  • EXCAVATION AND LITTORAL PLANTING

    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
  • WATER AND IRRIGATION CONSERVATION

    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
  • DEVELOPMENT REVIEW

    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.

    PROTECTION OF NATIVE VEGETATION and
    PROHIBITED INVASIVE NON-NATIVE VEGETATION

    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
  • SEA TURTLE PROTECTION

    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
  • EQUESTRIAN USE PERMITS
    Interested in riding in a natural setting? Click above to learn more about trail guides and obtaining a permit.

    OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

  • 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
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    Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

     
    • Environmental Times Newsletter
      Read the latest edition Summer 2016 for highlights on ERM's latest projects, program updates, and upcoming events. [LINK]
    • Ana Cecilia, the county's newest artificial reef
      Check out some footage from above and below the water as the Ana Cecilia made her final journey to become a marine sanctuary and a lasting tribute to local community members missing and lost at sea.[LINK]
    • Algal Bloom Information and Reporting
      Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's information and reporting web page regarding algal blooms in local waterways. In addition, algal blooms can be reported by telephone (855) 305-3903.[LINK]
    • Lake Worth Lagoon E-News
      Read the latest edition May 2016 for highlights on the Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, restoration projects, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
    • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
      While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito populations 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 receive their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
    • ERM's Status Reports
      Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]