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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Agricultural Permit Exemption Determinations

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Laws and Regulations

Florida Statutes
Section: 373.406

Florida Administrative Code
Chapter: 5M-15

In the event of a dispute as to the applicability of an agricultural exemption from permitting under Subsection 373.406(2), Florida Statutes (F.S.), a water management district or landowner may request that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) make a binding determination as to whether an existing or proposed agricultural activity qualifies for the exemption. 

For FDACS to carry out such a request, the following conditions must exist:

  1. The activities in question must be on lands classified as agricultural by the county property appraiser at the time the activities are or were conducted. (Note: The property appraiser classification does not determine whether an operation is bona fide agriculture.)
  2. The activities in question must not previously have been authorized by an environmental resource permit or a management and storage of surface water permit issued pursuant to Part IV, Chapter 373, F.S., or by a dredge and fill permit issued pursuant to Chapter 403, F.S.
  3. There must be a dispute between the landowner and the water management district as to the applicability of the exemption.

If these conditions are met, FDACS will conduct a review, including a site visit. 

For alterations or activities to be exempt from permitting, all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. The landowner must be engaged in the occupation of agriculture, silviculture, floriculture or horticulture;
  2. Alterations to the topography of the land must be for purposes consistent with the normal practice of agriculture, silviculture, floriculture or horticulture in the area; and
  3. The alteration or activity may not be for the sole or predominant purpose of impeding or diverting the flow of surface waters or adversely impacting wetlands.

For more information on the binding determination process, see Chapter 5M-15, Florida Administrative Code.

Important Note Regarding Impacts to Wetlands

An FDACS binding determination as to whether agricultural impacts to water resources are exempt from state environmental resource permitting does not negate federal restrictions with regard to wetlands conversion. In fact, you could be exempt from permitting under state law and still lose eligibility for funding under some federal programs, unless the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has authorized the conversion.

For more information on federal wetlands conservation requirements, see the Compliance with USDA Wetland Conservation Requirements Fact Sheet [ Adobe PDF Document 49.24 KB ].

To maintain or restore your eligibility for federal funds, contact your NRCS agent to discuss any anticipated or existing wetlands impacts on your property.

Final Determinations

These documents detail permit exemption requests and determinations.

Final Determinations

Final Determination

Year

Anderson [ Adobe PDF Document 174.48 KB ]

2011

Barret Ranch [ Adobe PDF Document 5.63 MB ]

2015

Camayen Cattle [ Adobe PDF Document 236.44 KB ]

2011

CFT Nursery [ Adobe PDF Document 4.56 MB ]

2012

Checkpoint Farms [ Adobe PDF Document 186.04 KB ]

2011

Colvin [ Adobe PDF Document 298.20 KB ]

2011

Consolidated-Tomoka Land Company [ Adobe PDF Document 6.13 MB ]

2012

Deseret Ranch [ Windows Media Video 15.02 MB ]

2012

Geraci [ Adobe PDF Document 317.60 KB ]

2016

Heritage 40 [ Adobe PDF Document 3.99 MB ]

2012

Hough [ Adobe PDF Document 8.68 MB ]

2015

JRM [ Adobe PDF Document 5.72 MB ]

2013

JRM Ranch II [ Adobe PDF Document 6.53 MB ]

2014

JWD Trees [ Adobe PDF Document 6.01 MB ]

2013

Kondracki [ Adobe PDF Document 865.95 KB ]

2016

Larsen [ Adobe PDF Document 2.03 MB ]

2018

Marion Acres [ Adobe PDF Document 5.83 MB ]

2011

Matava [ Adobe PDF Document 1.53 MB ]

2016

McClary [ Adobe PDF Document 216.31 KB ]

2011

Molica [ Adobe PDF Document 3.99 MB

2011

Overstreet [ Adobe PDF Document 3.15 MB ]

2012

RMD Properties [ Adobe PDF Document 4.06 MB ]

2011

Roberson [ Adobe PDF Document 168.01 KB ]

2012

Shadd [ Adobe PDF Document 5.39 MB ]

2016

St. Johns Improvement District [ Adobe PDF Document 284.02 KB

2011

Sieger [ Adobe PDF Document 956.32 KB ]

2016

Still [ Adobe PDF Document 1.40 MB ]

2016

Zagame [ Adobe PDF Document 341.19 KB ]

2016