On May 3, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 17-146, declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties, effective through July 3, 2017. The Executive Order authorizes an extension of certain development permits and authorizations that would otherwise expire.
The Governor’s Executive Order has two main impacts on permits and authorizations issued in Florida. First, under section 252.363, Florida Statutes, the declaration of a state of emergency tolls the time remaining to exercise the rights under a permit or other authorization for the duration of the emergency declaration. Second, the emergency declaration extends the time remaining to exercise the rights under a permit or other authorization for six months beyond the tolled period.
The following permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension:
- The expiration of a development order issued by a local government;
- The expiration of a building permit;
- The expiration of a permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection or a water management district pursuant to part IV of 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), Florida
In order to exercise the extension, the holder of the permit or authorization must notify the issuing authority within 90 days of termination of the emergency declaration. The notice must be in writing and should identify the specific permit or authorization to qualify for the extension. Executive Order 17-146 terminates on July 3, 2017.