Proposed Rule Changes

Current Rulemaking Activity

We offer the information on this page to help interested parties stay abreast of ongoing rulemaking.

In the table below, the following terms are used to describe a rule's status (3rd column):

Rule Development: The rule is in the early stages of development and may or may not have specific language available for review by the public.

Proposed Rule: This represents a "draft" rule. The language is provided for consideration and may be changed as a result of public input or direction of the Commission.

Final Rule: This indicates that a final vote has occurred, and Commissioners have approved the exact language of a rule. 

To read a summary and to submit comments, click on a title below. 

Rule Number




Captive Wildlife rules relating to Administration, Husbandry/Experience, Caging and Licensing. December 16, 204 – Embassy Suites Tampa-Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road, Tampa, Florida 33619

December 17, 2014 – Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero, Florida 33928

January 13, 2015 – Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens, 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

January 14, 2015 – Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Airport South/Blue Lagoon, 777 Northwest 57th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33126

February 10, 2015 – Hilton Garden Inn Panama City, 1101 North US Highway 231, Panama City, Florida 32405

March 11, 2015 – Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Orange Park, 145 Park Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073

March 12, 2015 – Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando Gateway/Orlando Airport, 5460 Gateway Village Circle, Orlando, Florida 32812

March 30, 2015 – Hilton Ocala, 3600 Southwest 36th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34474

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About the Rulemaking Process

The FWC is responsible for managing Florida's fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. This often involves enacting and enforcing rules and regulations governing human activity in many areas - such as hunting and fishing, operating boats, possessing captive wildlife and dealing with nuisance animals.

Because rules are made, changed and repealed throughout the year, agency staff frequently interacts with affected individuals and the general public. Details on specific areas of interest are available by following one of the links on the Rules page menu.

The FWC abides by Ch. 120, Florida Statutes External Website, when making rules. In doing so, we notify the public of rulemaking activity through the Florida Administrative Register External Website. Rulemaking often includes direct contact with those who may be affected, extensive discussions with stakeholder groups, and public meetings to gather input from interested parties.

Final decisions on rules usually happen at Commission meetings, held 5 times a year in locations throughout the state. We also provide public notice of various meetings through our website calendar.

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