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Works of the District
Works of the District Rivers

Chapter 373 Florida Statutes (F.S.) gives the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) the authority to establish and enforce guidelines for construction within floodways and floodplains.

As established in 40B-4.3000, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), there are five works of the district rivers:

  • Suwannee
  • Santa Fe
  • Alapaha
  • Aucilla
  • Withlacoochee

Consider reviewing our relevant agency rules, specifically the works of the district criteria found in 40B-4, F.A.C. To view the location of floodways, please view the Flood Insurance study for each of our counties in our Document Center or visit

Works of the District Permits

The District has permitting requirements for works or development in the floodway of a Works of the District including the construction of new single-family dwellings and improvements to existing residences.

This means that anyone planning to build a house, deck, porch, dock, seawall, walkway, bulkhead, storage shed or any other structure within a flood way must first apply for a works of the district development permit from the District prior to construction.

No development or clearing of land will be allowed within 75 feet of a river.

Please be advised that if your project is located along, adjacent to, or within a sovereign submerged land, as defined in Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Chapter 18-21, Florida Administrative Code, a Sovereign Submerged Lands (SSL) authorization may be required. Most small or minor activities requiring a SSL authorization are handled and issued by the District. If you have questions about this permit, please call District staff at 386.362.1001, or contact FDEP (

Location of Works of the District Documents

Visit our Document Center to view and download or print Works of the District forms such as the Application for General Work of the District Development Permit and As-Built forms. These forms can be found in the Works of the District Folder or the Environmental Resource Permitting Folder.

In addition, the E-permitting system has the Works of the District application. As with ERP, all information documents and fees may be submitted using the E-permitting system.

Works of the District Notice to Land Owners

If you own or control property adjacent to or near the Alapaha, Aucilla, Santa Fe, Suwannee or Withlacoochee rivers, your property may be located within a regulatory flood way. A permit may be required from the Suwannee River Water Management District prior to initiating any of the following activities:

  • Construction or reconstruction of driveways, bridges, boat ramps, seawalls, rip-rap, retaining walls, water wells;
  • Installation of structures including boardwalks, docks, decks, storage sheds, buildings, homes; and
  • Other activities including digging or filling, land clearing, land development, subdividing land, or removing vegetation within 75 feet of river.

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If you are in doubt, please call the District and a staff member will gladly assist you.

Interested in seeing applications received within the last 30 days? All applications can be found by performing a search in E-permitting. To view applications received within the last 30 days, follow the link below to E-permitting and select the search tab.

Note: Scanned documents posted on this site may contain errors due to imperfections of the imaging process. The District does not guarantee the quality or suitability of scanned documents and shall not assume liability for errors associated with the use of data obtained from said documents. Users may verify information by contacting the District at 386.362.1001.