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Environmental Quality Control Board

The Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) hears requests for extensions of time for compliance and/or variances from the requirements of the Environmental Protection Code of Miami-Dade County, and other applications pursuant to Section 24-8 of the Environmental Protection Code of Miami-Dade County. The Board may also hear an appeal of any person aggrieved by any action or decision of the Director of the Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM).

The Environmental Protection Code of Miami-Dade is also known as Chapter 24 of the Miami-Dade County Code.

EQCB Seeking Volunteer Members

Environmental Quality Control Board members help their community by making decisions on applications requesting variances and extensions of time from the environmental regulations of Miami-Dade County. The board also reviews appeals of decisions of the Director of the Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). Miami-Dade County is currently seeking interested candidates to be considered for appointment by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC).


  • Must be a permanent resident of Miami-Dade County.
  • Cannot hold political office or be a candidate for political office.
  • Must have a Ph.D. or be a licensed professional engineer in chemical, civil or environmental engineering;
  • Or have a Ph.D. in geology or hydrogeology or be a licensed professional geologist;
  • Or have a Ph.D. in biology or marine biology.

EQCB members are prohibited from serving on more than one decision making board.

EQCB meetings are held:

  • Monthly, on the second Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m.
  • At 701 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136.

Interested candidates can submit their resume by emailing [email protected].

For more information, please call 305-372-6764.

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Prior to filing an application, applicants are encouraged to meet with staff to obtain information on the hearing process, filing requirements, filing fees and to review completed applications and forms. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted or scheduled for a hearing. To schedule an appointment please call 305-372-6764.

Advertising and Notices

The agenda for the EQCB hearing will be published prior to the hearing date in the Miami Today and posted on the Miami-Dade County EQCB website

The Clerk of the Board will send a Notice of the Hearing (Agenda) via email to the email address provided in the application. Please include email addresses in your application of all parties to receive Notice of the Hearing.

For interim sewage treatment plants only: A notice will be posted on the subject property to inform the public of the purpose, time and place of hearing for the proposed interim sewage treatment plant. 

Emergency Hearings

An applicant may request an emergency hearing before the EQCB. It is up to the EQCB to decide to hear emergency cases. Please contact the Clerk of the Board for further information with regard to this procedure.

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Petitions Heard by Board

Section 24-8 of the Miami-Dade County Code provides that the Environmental Quality Control Board may hear:

  • An appeal of any person aggrieved by any action or decision of the Director of the Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). An appeal may be filed within 15 days from the date of action or decision.
  • A request for a variance from Chapter 24 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.
  • A request for an extension of time for compliance with the provisions of Chapter 24 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.
  • A request to modify an existing Board Order.
  • A request for approval of an Interim Package Sewage Treatment Plant.
  • An appeal from the decisions of the Director of DERM pursuant to a denial of an administration request for a variance to the requirements of the Federal Flood Insurance Program as established under Chapter 11C of the Miami-Dade County Code.
  • An application by private and/or public water or sewer service utilities for a statement of approved water quality or approved sewage service.
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Meeting Agendas, Memos and Rulings

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Environmental Quality Control Board

Thursday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Overtown Transit Village Building (OTV)
701 NW 1st Court
2nd Floor DERM Training Room
Miami, FL 33128

Agenda Information

Attend via Zoom (to listen only); meeting ID: 838 2871 9247

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2024 EQCB Hearing Dates

  • Jan. 18
  • Feb. 8
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • Sept. 12
  • Oct. 10
  • Nov. 14
  • Dec. 12
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Accessing Virtual Meetings


The public may listen or observe the meeting as follows:

  • Call in live to listen to the meeting at:
    US: +1-786-635-1003 or 877-853-5247 (Toll Free) or 888-788-0099 (Toll Free)
    Webinar ID: 838 2871 9247
  • Join the meeting live via Zoom to listen in only
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you may participate in the meeting using Florida Relay Service by dialing 711 on your telephone
  • If you need a sign language interpreter, or any accommodation to participate in the meeting, or to request materials in accessible format, please contact Alain Donderiz at 305-372-6779 or 786-442-4778 or via email at [email protected], at least five days in advance of the meeting to initiate your request.
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EQCB Online Records

EQCB case files and transcripts of prior EQCB hearings are available in our online records system. To search EQCB case files, type ''EQCB'' in the case number field. To search for EQCB transcripts, type ''EQCB transcripts'' in the facility name field.

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For more information about the Environmental Quality Control Board, email [email protected] or call 305-372-6764.


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