If you own or are interested in buying property that has wetlands and you want to build a home or dock, environmental permits may be the best solution for you. Wetland permits may be issued by counties, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Water Management Districts (WMD) or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). If you live in Georgia, you may be dealing with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if your property is near tidal waters.
Generally, environmental permits take four to six months to issue, and under certain circumstances may take up to a year or longer. Because no one is guaranteed a permit, we always recommend very careful planning prior to undertaking this process. A wetland delineation is the easiest and most cost effective way to vet a property for wetlands.