FPL | Builder | Environmental Permit Requirements

Environmental Permit Requirements

FPL is an energy provider with a demonstrated record of environmental excellence. We encourage builders and developers to join us in protecting Florida’s environment.

Since Florida is home to many environmentally protected wetlands and endangered species, some construction projects may require special permitting. To ensure environmental regulations are met, FPL wants you to be aware of the following guidelines that could impact — and possibly delay — your project.

FPL Assessment/Permits Before Construction

  • FPL will perform a preliminary environmental assessment for our equipment on our first field visit to your construction site. If there are environmentally sensitive areas (wetlands, protected species habitats, etc.) an environmental consultant will perform a full assessment.
  • If FPL must obtain environmental permits, significant delays (from 90 to 120 days) in your project may occur. FPL cannot proceed with construction without a permit, if one is required.
  • To help avoid delays, contact FPL early in the construction process so that you can include proposed FPL equipment and cable routes on your plans. If your project requires an environmental permit, FPL may not need to obtain a separate permit if our facilities are included on your permit application plans.

Developer Plan/Requirements Before Construction

  • When applying for a water management district permit, include FPL’s system design in your engineering plans.
  • FPL is not allowed to install equipment in, on or under conservation easements. If conservation easements are created after the FPL design is completed, you are required to contact FPL so that the design can be changed to avoid these areas.
  • If FPL must cross state lands or waters to serve your project, an easement will be required from the State of Florida. Keep in mind that it takes 12 to 18 months to obtain an easement to cross sovereign state lands.

FPL Requirements During Construction

It is important to keep FPL involved during the entire construction process. So that you know what to expect, below are some possible environmental requirements that FPL may be required to complete:

  • Install environmental controls (turbidity barriers, etc.), which must remain in place until the soil has stabilized.
  • Use construction methods that protect the environment, but may slow the progress of the job.
  • Construct equipment with special framing, such as bird discouragers or special insulation on electric poles, to protect bird species.  This may look different and require taller poles to accomplish.
  • Postpone construction if the new construction is within 1,500 feet of an active eagle’s nest, while the nest contains eggs or young.

Please note: if environmental issues not identified in the initial assessment are encountered during construction, construction will be delayed until a plan can be developed to address these issues.

Construction Checklist

  • Include FPL on all permit application engineering plans/drawings.
  • Secure authorization for crossing of conservation easements from the water management district, if required by FPL.
  • Include FPL as a participant on any federal, state or county environmental permit applications.