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Wetlands FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is registered as a professional mangrove trimmer in Hillsborough County?

Please see the current list of registered professional mangrove trimmers.

How do I register as a professional mangrove trimmer in Hillsborough County?

Register with EPC as a Professional Mangrove Trimmer in Hillsborough County.

How much does it cost to permit a dock?

See EPC fee schedule, section 1-6.05 5. or 9.(b)

What is the process to permit a dock?

Visit our permit descriptions page. Generally, once an application is received, a site inspection is conducted by staff. Once staff deems the application complete, permit/ noticing is issued.

What is a wetland?

Under normal circumstances, wetlands will be identified by visual application of the definition of wetlands considering the dominance of plant species, soils and other hydrologic evidence indicative of regular and periodic inundation or saturation.

How do I know if I have a wetland?

Submit a wetland delineation application

How do I know if I meet the mangrove noticed exemption criteria or if I need a permit?

Visit our permit descriptions page. Generally, if you are conducting maintenance trimming, it would be a noticed exempt activity. There may be additional restrictions based on your shoreline length, mangrove fringe width, and the pretrimmed height of the mangroves.

How low can I trim my mangroves?

See EPC Chapter 1-14. Generally, the lowest height is 6 feet from the substrate, however, there may be trimming restrictions based on the mangroves’ pretrimmed height.

Do I need a permit to remove a dock?

A permit is not required to remove a dock; however, a de minimis determination can be

What is the setback from my wetland line?

Please contact Natural Resources within the Development Services Department of Hillsborough County at 813-272-5600. EPC does not regulate the setback distances from wetlands.

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