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Gopher Tortoise Permits

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR GOPHER TORTOISE PERMITTING GUIDELINES REVISIONS

Staff from the FWC have developed draft revisions for the Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines and are seeking feedback from the public between August 24 and September 23, 2022.

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Gopher tortoises and their burrows are protected by state law, and a gopher tortoise relocation permit must be obtained from FWC before disturbing burrows and conducting construction activities (Chapter 68A - 27.003, FL Administrative Code). A disturbance includes any type of work within 25 feet of a gopher tortoise burrow. For information on gopher tortoise relocation permits, refer to the FWC gopher tortoise permitting guidelines webpage. Most activities associated with residential lawn and landscape maintenance do not require a permit provided activities do not collapse gopher tortoise burrows or harm gopher tortoises. For additional guidance on activities that do not require a permit, refer to the Gopher Tortoise Enforcement Policy.

Access FWC’s online permit locator map to find:

  • An Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent
  • Gopher Tortoise Recipient Sites
  • Active and Completed Relocation Permits