The Excavations Division oversees all excavations in the County through administration of the Excavation and Earthmoving Code of the Charlotte County Code of Laws and Ordinances. This code is located in Section 3-5, Article XXIII, starting with Section 3-5-470, of the Code of Laws and Ordinances (Code).
For more detailed information please review the Excavation Code or contact Beth Reed at 941.575.3615.
Excavation means the removing of material below the seasonal high groundwater table.
Earthmoving means any and all activities resulting in the repositioning of the terrain including the excavation of lakes, pits, and depressions; mounding, stockpiling, the creation of berms; and the transporting and installing of fill.
County property owners are required to submit a
permit application to the Community Development Department before digging a hole or removing dirt, rocks, or shell from a site for any reason. The Excavation Code applies to small property owners wanting to dig a fish pond as well as to large property owners planning a commercial operation.
These are small-scale activities that are not considered excavations because the impacts of the activity are considered minimal, such as the installation of utilities, placing septic tanks, digging for small swimming pools, small agricultural ponds, and stormwater detention ponds. Section 3-5-475 of the Code describes these in detail. A person contemplating such an activity must still submit an application, called the Excavation Exemption Request, and be approved by the Excavation Administrator before being officially exempted.