• 2015 Hurricane Season Provides Opportunity To Extend Eligible Permits
  • September 15, 2015
  • Law Firm: Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor Reed Professional Association - Orlando Office
  • If there's any good news in a hurricane or tropical storm, this is it: an officially declared state of emergency that allows permit-holders to extend their permits, as well as certain other government authorizations. Not only are permits and other authorizations extended for the length of the emergency but for an additional six months thereafter. The extension may apply to the expiration date of a development order (which is broadly defined and includes subdivision plans, PD zoning approvals in many jurisdictions, capacity reservation determinations and many other local government approvals), building permits, permits issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) or the water management district, and the buildout date of a development of regional impact - including any extension of a previously granted buildout date.
    Governor Scott issued Executive Order 15-173 on August 28, 2015, declaring a state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Erika (later upgraded to Hurricane Erika). The state of emergency is effective state-wide and will expire on October 27, 2015, unless otherwise extended.*

    Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, provides, in part, that permits and other authorizations are extended for the length of the state of emergency and for an additional six months thereafter. The extension applies to the expiration date of a development order, building permits, permits issued by the FDEP or the water management district pursuant to Part IV, Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, and the buildout date of a development of regional impact, including any extension of a buildout date that was previously granted pursuant to Section 380.06(19)(c), Chapter 380, Florida Statutes.

    In order to request a permit extension, a permit holder or its authorized agent must provide written notice to the permitting agency of its intent to extend the permit or development order within 90 days following the expiration of the state of emergency. Therefore, permit holders can give notice of a 6 month, 60 day extension for eligible permits on or before November 26, 2015 under Executive Order 15-173. The extension notice must identify the specific permit or other authorization qualifying for the extension.