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Environmental Quality Control Board
The Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) hears petitions ranging from requests for variances from code requirements to appeals of decisions of the Director of Regulatory and Economic Resources Department and appeals of decisions of the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department or other fire departments having jurisdiction.
In addition, the EQCB reviews applications and considers any requests for modifications or extensions for compliance with the requirements of Chapter 24 of the Miami-Dade County Code.
- Appeals and Applications
- Petitions Heard by Board
- Meeting Agendas and Rulings
- Class Extensions of Time
Appeals and Applications
Upon completion of the application for a hearing by the Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB), it will be required that you schedule an appointment with the Plan Review and Development Approvals Division by calling 305-372-6764 for review and submittal of your complete application package.
Please call within the time-frame for filing as described in the general information sheet included in the application package.
It is required that the application be filed by the owner(s) of the property which is the subject of the application. All owner(s) or their attorney must be present at the hearing. Other persons may speak on behalf of the applicant as experts, but may not legally represent the petitioner.
Letter of Intent
The letter of intent shall be signed according to the following instructions:
If the property is owned by one or more individuals, the individual(s) must sign.
The Corporate name shall be followed by the President’s or Vice-President’s signature and title. An Assistant Vice-President or other corporate officer may NOT sign.
All partners shall sign and indicate title of each.
The name of the general partnership shall be followed by the signature and title of a general partner. If the general partner is a corporation, follow above instructions for a corporation.
Signature shall be followed by title.
The Clerk of the Board will mail a Notice of Hearing (Agenda) to the applicant and a pre-hearing memorandum, which highlights the staff’s position on the particular issue, approximately 10 days prior to the hearing.
For sewage treatment plant applications, the properties that may be affected by the application will be posted in a manner that provides notice of purpose, time and place of such hearing. Applicants may withdraw their applications by doing so in writing at any time prior to the hearing.
Requests for withdrawal should be directed to the Clerk of the EQCB by calling 305-372-6754.
Under extreme circumstances, an emergency hearing may be requested. In such instances, the Board will first determine, on the basis of the petitioner's presentation, if the request represents an emergency deserving the Board's immediate attention. Otherwise, it will be deferred to the next available hearing. For further details concerning this procedure, consult with staff prior to filing.Back to Top
Petitions Heard by Board
The following is a list of the types of petitions the Environmental Quality Control Board hears:
Requests for Variances from Chapter 24 of the Miami-Dade County Code.
Appeals from the decisions of the Director of the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department. These must be filed within 15 days from the date of the action being appealed.
Requests for extensions of time for compliance with the provisions of Chapter 24.
Requests for approval of Interim Package Sewage Treatment Plants. These must be received a minimum of 42 days prior to the hearing date.
Appeals of the decisions of the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department pursuant to a denial of an administrative request for a variance to the requirements of the Federal Flood Insurance Program as established under Chapter 11C of the Miami-Dade County Code.
Applications by private or public water or sewer service utilities for a statement of approved water quality or approved sewage service. These will be scheduled for the next available hearing date, 30 days after submission of all requested information. Fire Rescue Department Appeals Section 2-103.23 of Article XIV A of the Miami-Dade County Code empowers the EQCB to hear the appeals to decisions of the fire departments. These appeals need to be filed and consulted with the appropriate fire department.
All the applications stated above, should be filed with Miami-Dade County's Plan Review and Development Approvals Division on or before the required deadline, any petitions filed after the required deadline will be scheduled for the next available hearing date. However, scheduling of any petition for hearings will be dependent on the ability of staff to complete the required pre-hearing memorandum 15 days prior to the hearing. Therefore, categories 1, 2, 3 and 5 above, as well as the Fire Rescue Department appeals, will be scheduled for one of the first two available hearing dates (within a maximum of approximately 60 days).
All applications must include copies of any evidence, information, reports or documentation, and must include a listing of any witnesses to be used in support of the application. Such information submitted after the submission of the application would be grounds for continuation of the petition.Back to Top
Meeting Agendas and Rulings
All of these documents are presented in Adobe Acrobat format.
EQCB Agendas and Rulings 2014
EQCB Agendas and Rulings 2013
EQCB Agendas and Rulings 2012
Class Extensions of Time
An Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) Class Extension of Time is an extension of time to comply with requirements of Chapter 24 of the Code of Miami-Dade County that applies to a group of businesses, properties or the entire county.
- Grants existing residential and non-residential properties a two-year extension of time to connect to a public sanitary sewer system provided the existing property has an uncontaminated and operational septic tank and complies with additional conditions as stated in the board order.
Board Order 10-34 covers the following:
- Provides the use of any on-site domestic well shall cease and connection shall be made to a public water main to an existing meter box within 120 days from the date that the Director or his designee determines that the approved water main is made available and operative.
- Provides the use of any on-site domestic well shall cease and connection shall be made to a public water main within the public right-of-way within three hundred and 365 days from the date that the Director or his designee determines that the approved water main is made available and operative.
- Provides the use of an approved domestic sewage storage, disposal or treatment method shall cease and connection shall be made to an existing sanitary service lateral at the property line within 120 days from the date that the Director or his designee determines that the approved public sanitary service lateral is made available and operative.
- Provides the use of an approved domestic sewage storage, disposal or treatment method shall cease and connection shall be made to an existing sanitary sewer main within the public right-of-way within 365 days from the date that the Director or his designee determines that the approved public gravity sewer line is made available and operative.
- Provides the use of an approved domestic sewage storage, disposal or treatment method shall cease and connection shall be made to an existing sanitary sewer force main, including a sanitary sewer pump station, within the public right-of-way within 365 days from the date that the Director or his designee determines that the approved public sanitary sewer main is made available and operative.
For more information about the Environmental Quality Control Board, email email@example.com or call 305-372-6517.
Environmental Considerations GIS
Search the Environmental Considerations GIS Map to find out if a property may have any environmental features associated with it.
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