Environmental Regulations & Permits

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"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." - Gaylord Nelson

The Environmental Regulations and Land Management Division implement the County’s land development environmental regulations and actively manage over 7,792 acres of environmentally sensitive lands.

Environmental Regulations & Permits

 St. Lucie County’s environmental regulations are intended to protect the County’s valuable natural resources, sensitive habitats and wildlife and to enhance the quality of life for its citizens. These regulations are found in the County’s Comprehensive Plan and in Chapters 6 and 7 of the Land Development Code (Municode). Specifically, the Environmental Regulations Division implements environmental regulations pertaining to the following:

Vegetation Removal (trees, native vegetation, exotics)
Tree Replacement (Mitigation)
Dune Vegetation Trimming
Wetlands and Buffers
Coastal Zones & Shorelines
Listed Species Protection

The Environmental Regulations Division works closely with other County departments involved in development review such as Public Works, the County Engineer, Planning and Development Services, the Building Division and Code Enforcement. We also work closely with other federal and state agencies such as the South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The Environmental Regulations Division encourages you to contact us prior to beginning any development activity to ensure your project is a success. To contact us, please call 772-462-2526 or email EnvironmentalResources@stlucieco.org