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News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Wildfires

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Wildfires

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an extension must be submitted to the authorizing agency within 90 days after the State of Emergency has expired. § 252.363(1)(b), Florida Statutes.

On April 11, 2017, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 17-120, declaring a 60 day statewide State of Emergency due to the recent wildfires and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue this year.

Applicants wishing to extend their permits in one of these counties for a total of 6 months and 60 days under Executive Order No. 17-120 must submit a written request to the authorizing agency by September 8, 2017, unless the executive order is extended.

If you are a permit holder in the State of Florida and believe you may be eligible for an extension under Executive Order No. 17-120 please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in our Land Use and Local Government or Environmental and Water practice groups.