Ensures protection of the county’s natural resources through reviewing permits, conducting compliance and monitoring, and encouraging environmental stewardship. Includes reviewing:
- Tree permits
- Earthmoving permits
- Coastal setback approvals
- Myakka River Protection Zone approvals
- Building permits
- and development approvals, monitoring preservation areas, wetland mitigation areas, and littoral zones.and development approvals, monitoring preservation areas, wetland mitigation areas, and littoral zones.
Coastal Setback Code
Environmental Permitting reviews and presents requests to the County Commission regarding requests for variances to the prohibition of construction and excavation seaward of the Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL) or water ward of the Barrier Island Pass Twenty-Year Hazard Line (Chapter 54, Article XXII of the Sarasota County Code).
Please contact county staff at (941) 861-5000 for further information regarding the code requirements.
Coastal Setback Code: State and Federal Permitting
State, federal, and/or other local permits may be required. This notice does not relieve the owner of the responsibility to obtain any licenses or permits which may be required by federal, state, or Sarasota County laws.
Contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Office of Beaches and Coastal Systems, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Tallahassee: 850-488-3180; Fort Myers: 239-344-5600; to obtain the appropriate FDEP permit application information.
Environmental Permitting reviews and issues earthmoving permits for the regulation of excavating, filling and stockpiling, including regulation of commercial borrow pits. Environmental Permitting also provides code compliance and code enforcement services.
Do You Need an Earthmoving Permit?
To find out, click on the item entitled, "How to obtain an Earthmoving Permit." in the Documents Folder below.
Land Use and Development Review
Environmental Permitting reviews Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Land Use Petitions and Rezones, Land Development proposals, and Building Permits to ensure consistency with the Environment Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan and environmental elements of the Sarasota County Code of Ordinances.
Environmental Specialists review proposals and address wetlands, upland habitats, protected wildlife, best management practices, etc.
Sarasota County is a delegated local government for the State of Florida’s mangrove trimming rules. Please contact 861-5000 for information on how to receive a mangrove trimming or alteration permit.
Water and Navigation Control Authority Permits
Environmental Permitting reviews applications and issues permits for the protection of coastal zone natural resources through regulation of coastal dredge and fill activities, including dock, boat-lift, rock revetment and bulkhead construction, as well as maintenance dredging.
This office also provides code compliance and code enforcement services, and Water and Navigation Control Authority (WNCA) permitting.
Your Backyard Lake or Pond
The freshwater lakes and ponds in our neighborhoods are man-made parts of a stormwater system. A stormwater pond helps prevent flooding. It allows pollutants to settle before draining into the ground water. Ground water is our main source of drinking water.
The responsibility for permitting most stormwater systems rests with both the Southwest Florida Water Management District SWFWMSD) and Sarasota County. The county monitors littoral zones.
- After a developer completes construction of permitted systems in residential areas, the permit and the legal responsibility for maintaining these systems are passed on to a homeowners, condominium owners or property owners association.
- Then the upkeep and maintenance of the system becomes the responsibility of the association.
- Please make sure and coordinate with your respective association prior to implementing any management activities on common property.
For stormwater ponds to do their job effectively, they must be managed properly on a regular basis.
Natural areas located within the Urban Service Area play an integral role in the livability of our neighborhoods. Within all land-use categories (e.g. single and multi-family residential, office, commercial, etc.) you can find these areas.
- Private property owners are responsible for the stewardship of these areas "backyard conservation areas".
Some areas are managed voluntarily while others are required to be managed to ensure consistency with development order conditions.
Insufficient management leads to degradation of habitat value and function (e.g. invasive plants), aesthetic and nuisance concerns, etc.
Sarasota County can assist you with preparing a plan to address the needs of your backyard conservation area.
Consultants and Contractors
There are numerous environmental consultants, contractors, and professionals that can assist with your project.
The lists provided on this page are for informational purposes only.
Sarasota County does not endorse any company listed and a company’s absence from a list does not imply prejudice or impropriety.
Should a company desire to add, remove, or modify their listing, please call the Contact Center at (941) 861-5000.
The county recommends that prospective customers contact a number of companies on this list to determine information about product quality, product guarantee, cost, and whether they can handle your particular project.
- EM - Earthmoving FAQs and guidance
- EM - Earthmoving Permit Amendment Application
- EM - Earthmoving Permit Application
- Environmental Consultant List 2017
- GBSL - Dune and Coastal Habitat Plant List
- GBSL - Dune Restoration Guidelines
- GBSL - Emergency Class I variance Application
- GBSL - Emergency Class II variance Application
- GBSL - Variance Application
- GBSL - WCE Application
- MANGROVE - Guide to Mangroves of Florida
- MANGROVE - Homeowners' guide to Mangrove Trimming Brochure
- MANGROVE - Infographic
- MANGROVE - Trimming Application
- MRPZ - Myakka River Variance Application
- Navigable Waterways FAQ 2017
- TREE - Does your tree qualify as a Grand Tree
- TREE - Permit Application
- TREE - Tree Planting Guidelines
- WNCA - Building Permit Application Form
- WNCA - General & Minor Work Supplement
- WNCA - Major Work Supplement