Department of Development Support
and Environmental Management

Environmental Services

The mission of Environmental Services is to preserve the natural resources and protect the citizens of the community, while improving quality of life, by promoting and permitting responsible development.

  

Contact

  • Development Support and Environmental Management
  • 435 N. Macomb Street
    Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor
    Tallahassee, FL  32301
  • FAX: 850-606-1302

The Environmental Services Division provides environmental permitting and inspection services, oversees the Stormwater Operating Permit program, undertakes the environmental code enforcement process, implements the Petroleum Storage Tank Regulation Program, and assists citizens by serving as a Service Advisor.

The environmental permitting review process verifies compliance with Leon County’s Land Development Code (LDC) for various types of projects within unincorporated Leon County including residential structures, commercial projects, subdivisions, demolition, grading, tree removal, vegetation management, etc. During this process staff verify all applicable LDC standards are met, such as natural feature delineation, stormwater management, flood protection, tree removal, landscaping, natural area preservation, sediment and erosion control, and tree protection. Upon issuance of the permit, staff routinely inspect the site to verify compliance with the LDC and any special conditions of the permit.

Environmental Services staff oversee the Stormwater Operating Permit program for all stormwater management facilities within unincorporated Leon County. The Stormwater Operating Permits are renewed every three years. During the renewal period, staff conduct a compliance inspection of the facility and manage the paperwork and records updates.

All violations of the environmental portions of the LDC are handled by Environmental Services staff. The code enforcement process includes on-site inspections, notices of violations and stop work orders, as well as hearing before Code Enforcement Board or the Circuit Court. Alleged environmental violations can be reported directly to the Environmental Services or Code Compliance Services Divisions.

Leon County Environmental Services staff, contracted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), administer the Petroleum Storage Tank Regulation Program within Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla counties. This program ensures compliance with state and federal storage tank regulations and provides aquifer protection and emergency management. By having tank inspectors locally, staff can respond quickly to reports of petroleum product discharges, and are able to witness the removal and installation of all local storage tank systems.

Environmental Services has a Service Advisor available to answer questions by phone or in person. The Environmental Service Advisor can assist with questions related to environmental features on a property, if a permit is required, the subdivision and/or development process, and the environmental permitting process. In addition, the Service Advisor can provide more information not shown on this page. To speak to a Service Advisor, please contact our office at 850-606-1300 and ask for the Service Advisor for Environmental Services.

Did you know?

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2019:

  1. Protected the community’s natural features by reviewing 48 natural features inventory applications and helped ensure environmental protection by reviewing 123 site plan applications.
  2. Reviewed 91 environmental management permit applications, 20 new stormwater management facilities operating permit applications and processed 240 operating permit renewals to ensure proper operation of stormwater facilities.
  3. Worked with the Development Services Division to review 133 permitted use verifications for environmental compliance issues. 
  4. Reviewed 210 driveway applications
  5. Reviewed 870 single family permit applications for environmental protection.
  6. Performed more than 7,500 environmental inspections in support of approved permits.
  7. Performed 462 petroleum tank inspections in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla and Jefferson counties during the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 2018/2019 fiscal year through the Leon County Petroleum Storage Tank Regulation Program.

For more Environmental Services information not shown on this page, please contact our office at 850-606-1300 and ask for the Service Advisor for Environmental Services.

 

Services Provided

Environmental Management Permit

Document used to capture the construction specification for a project, and that demonstrates compliance with County Ordinances.

Natural Features Inventory

Document utilized to identify and document site specific natural features.

Environmental Impact Analysis

Document completed to conceptually verify compliance of a project with applicable stormwater standards

Stormwater Operating

Document that memorializes the completed stormwater management improvement, and is to be renewed in a 3-year cycle.

Vegetation Management

Document used to identify specific tree removal, or other vegetation control desired by the applicant.

SAC

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is a joint County and City Board-appointed nine-member committee tasked with evaluating and reporting findings to the County Commission on the scientific evidence and making recommendations concerning policies and programs that pertain to environmental issues in developed and developing areas, and evaluating the need for further data collection and analysis on issues approved by the Board of County Commissioners or the appropriate administrator.  They meet the first Friday of each month at the DSEM office, located at 435 N. Macomb St.

Their most recent topic of discussion centered around lead in drinking water.  For their final report on this issue, please click here.

GRACE Program

The GRACE program provides the ability for developers within the Urban Services Area (USA) of unincorporated Leon County to reduce the amount of area on their project site that must be committed to landscaping, or to natural area if the areas are not preservation features.  In exchange, the developer is required to convey to the County other environmentally sensitive lands, specifically floodprone lands, that are vested or allowed to be developed.  The program allows developers to meet 25% to 95% of their landscaping and 75% to 100% of their natural area requirements "off site" by conveying an area equivalent to twice the amount of land area that would otherwise be devoted to landscaping or natural area.  The program allows the greatest amount of flexibility for development within those zoning districts intended to be the most intensely developed, and provides less flexibility for districts intended to be developed at more moderate intensities.  The GRACE Program regulations are found in Section 10-4.346 of the Leon County Land Development Code.  For a listing of potential floodprone lands that would qualify for the program, please contact the Environmental Services Division at 850-606-1300.

Contact us

Development Support and Environmental Management
435 N. Macomb Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tel: +1 850 606 1300
Fax: +1 850 606 1301

Email: dsem-info@leoncountyfl.gov