Regulatory Permitting
State Lands Authorizations

Coastal Systems International, Inc. assists private and public sector clients in navigating the myriad environmental and land use regulations governing state lands use (proprietary) authorizations. Land owned by state governments are "sovereign", held in trust for the use and benefit of the public. In Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for administratively acquiring, administering, and disposing of state-owned lands on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Board).

It is the responsibility of the Board and DEP to insure maximum use and protection of state lands for the citizens of the state. The Board and DEP are also charged with insuring that all activities on state lands that generate revenues or exclude traditional public uses provide just compensation.

Some form of authorization is required for nearly all activities on state lands. Typically, application is made jointly for proprietary and regulatory authorization under the Joint Environmental Resource or Joint Coastal Permit programs with the DEP or local WMD.

A proposed activity must be consistent with a number of management policies, and not contrary to the public interest. Requirements for marine structures are more stringent on natural shorelines and in Aquatic Preserves or Class II waters than along hardened shorelines or in Class III waters. There are specific standards for the siting of docking facilities and avoidance/minimization of impacts to natural resources. We provide project feasibility and strategy consulting, and expedite processing of proprietary authorizations through our familiarity with the application format and process.