Project Review Guidance and Resources of the Florida Field Office
Note: The Service's online planning tool, Information for Planning and Consultation, or
(https://ipac.ecosphere.fws.gov/), is designed as your project planning first stop in streamlining the environmental review process; including, but no limited to, species lists. Incorporating this first step into you project planning will enhance the effectiveness of your information when using the Florida specific information below.
What do I need to include in my Consultation/Project Review Request?
New consultation checklist is your answer! The Florida Ecological Services field offices developed a short checklist and companion guidance document to assist consultants, permit applicants and action agencies in assembling complete consultation requests. These documents are provided for your information and optional use. However, using them can help avoid delays in initiating consultation. The checklist helps you and our staff quickly identify whether all necessary components of a complete request are included. Attaching it to your consultation request is not required, but can be helpful..
OK, package is ready. Where do I submit Project Review Requests?
Federal agencies, private and public landowners, project managers/planners, and consultants are asked to submit all new project review requests and supporting documentation electronically to fw4flesregs @ fws.gov. Please do not submit to other email addresses or individual staff as this may result in processing delays due to planned and unplanned absences or other work related issues. Electronic submissions need not be submitted in hard copy unless requested by our staff.
NOTE: Emails with attachments are limited to a maximum size of 20 megabytes (20MB). If you have attachments that exceed this threshold, note same on your email submission and then send those attachments on CD or DVD via trackable mail to the address on our contact page closest to your project. If you chose or need to submit via multiple emails please use same subject line for each email and note numerical sequence in the subject line such as 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc.
OK, package submitted. So are you now looking for Your Project's Review Status?
Please allow a minimum of 60-days from date of project submission to our office before inquiring as to your project's review status. This allows time for your project submission to be received, complete intake processing, and staff assignment and initial review. Requests are placed in different process tracks (technical assistance, informal consultations or formal consultations) and generally handled on a first-in, first-out basis within those tracks. However, these timelines assume all information required for us to complete our review/consultation is provided and no additional information is requested. Such requests for additional information, clarification or incomplete submissions can result in the temporary suspension of review timelines. If you have not heard from us after 60-days, for quickest response submit a status request via e-mail to fw4flesregs @ fws.gov.