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Well Construction

Environmental Health Services

Through an agreement with the St. John's River Water Management District and Brevard County, the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County is the delegated permitting authority for all wells less than six inches in diameter within Brevard County (except for wells located within a Chapter 62-524, FAC delineated area). Anyone who plans to install or abandon a well within Brevard County (not within a delineated area) must first obtain a permit from our office. The goal of this program is to ensure setbacks to hazards and sources of contamination are met and that appropriate well construction standards are followed. All wells must be installed or abandoned as per Chapter 46, Article II, Brevard County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 40C-3, FAC, and Chapter 62-532, FAC. Issuance of well permits by the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County does not relieve the well owner of meeting permit requirements of county, municipal, or other legally constituted authorities. In Brevard County, wells six inches in diameter or larger and all wells within delineated areas are permitted through the St. John's River Water Management District. Please review the map of the delineated area in Brevard County prior to submitting an application for well construction or abandonment.

Within the amendments to Chapter 62-532, FAC, statewide forms for the Well Permit Application (Form #62-532.900(1)) and Well Completion Report (Form #62-532-900(2)) have been incorporated into the rule; therefore, making their use a requirement. These are to be utilized statewide for all water well construction activities beginning October 7, 2010. Copies of these forms may be obtained by writing to the Department of Environmental Protection, Ground Water Regulatory Section, M.S. 3580, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. These forms also are available at the five regional water management district offices or electronically under the Downloadable Files section below.

As per Chapter 46, Article II of the Brevard County Code of Ordinances, all well heads shall extend a minimum of twelve inches above the finished grade. In addition, satisfactory bacteriological sample results are required to be submitted to our office prior to final well approval for all new construction potable wells requiring a certificate of occupancy. It is recommended to sample your drinking water well annually for bacteria and nitrate. For a list of labs, to obtain information on sampling your well water, or to request a sample kit, please contact our office at 321-633-2100.

Records of Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) and well construction permits beginning from mid-2002 are available on our Laserfiche site. Please use the following user name and password to access this information: User Name = beh.public and Password = public.  For information on how to use the Laserfiche site please review the Laserfiche instructional document. For Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 compatibility setup information, please review the Laserfiche compatibility view instructions.

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SERCAP’s Individual Household Well Loan Program 

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) is a non-profit organization located in Roanoke, VA. SERCAP's mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals by promoting affordable water and wastewater facilities, community development, environmental health, and economic self-sufficiency. They help low to moderate income families needing loans to construct, refurbish and service their household well systems. SERCAP serves the seven states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. SERCAP's Well Loan Program flyer explains some of the pre-qualifying requirements. Please visit for more information.