The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) lobby remains open during the COVID-19 emergency as of 3/20/2020.  Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online, phone and email services are still operational. Staff is working remotely and will continue to perform application/document reviews, on-line meetings, field inspections and investigations.

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Permits & Exemptions

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In addition to the forms and applications below, more can be found at EPC Forms and Applications page. A pre-application meeting can be scheduled at your convenience.

Docks, Seawalls, and Other Activities in Wetlands

Do you need the wetland boundaries identified on your property? If so, please complete a Wetland Delineation Application.

Are you proposing construction activities in wetlands or water bodies of Hillsborough County, excluding tidally influenced, Lake Keystone, and Lake Thonotosassa? If so, please complete a Miscellaneous Activities in Wetlands Application.

Are you proposing construction activities in tidally influenced waterbodies, Lake Keystone, or Lake Thonotosassa? If so, please complete a Minor Work Permit Application.

Please be advised: The EPC is charged with implementing the Tampa Port Authority (TPA) Minor Work Permit (MWP) program.  The TPA has provided guidance to the EPC that floating vessel platforms (FVP) installed in Hillsborough County are subject to the regulations of the TPA.  Thus, the FVP exemption in section 403.813(1)(s), Florida Statutes does not pre-empt the TPA (or the EPC implementing TPA rules) from requiring authorization for FVPs. In addition, floating docks and platforms, personal watercraft (pwc) lifts, canopy covers, and any other construction activities on, over, or above wetlands and/or surface waters require review by the Wetlands Management Division.

Do you need to remove nuisance vegetation in a wetland? If so, please complete an Application for Nuisance Vegetation Removal in Wetlands.

Exempt Activities

Are you proposing exempt activities including the following?

  • Development within artificially created ditches
  • Development within wholly owned artificially created wetlands (pond), less than 1 acre
  • Alterations to commercial fish ponds
  • Maintenance mangrove trimming

If so, please complete a Noticed Exemption Activities in Wetlands.


Are you proposing new mangrove trimming? If so, please complete an Application for Mangrove Trimming Permit.

Are you a professional mangrove trimmer that needs to register or renew your registration to trim mangroves in Hillsborough County? If so, please complete a Professional Mangrove Trimmer Registration/Renewal.

Are you looking for a registered professional mangrove trimmer in Hillsborough County? If so, please see the list of registered professional mangrove trimmers.

State Authorizations

Has EPC requested that you fill out an application for a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Resource Permit (ERP)? If so, please visit the ERP Online Help Page.

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