Pursuant to Florida Statute 252.363, the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency tolls the period remaining to exercise rights under a permit or other authorization, essentially extending the life of the permit or authorization.
The expiration date of the permit or authorization is tolled for the duration of the emergency declaration plus an additional six months, and applies to the following:
- development orders issued by a local government;
- building permits;
- permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protection or a water management district; and
- the buildout date of a development of regional impact.
On March 9, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring COVID-19 a public health emergency. Such declaration triggers the provisions of Florida Statute 252.363 and allows extensions of the permits and authorizations mentioned above.
Requests for extensions must be submitted to the appropriate permitting authority within 90 days after the emergency declaration has expired. Executive Order 20-52 is set to expire on May 8, 2020, unless further extended.