The department is authorized to grant variances in hardship cases which may be less restrictive than the provisions specified Section 381.0065, Florida Statutes, and those portions of Chapter 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code, that implement Section 381.0065, Florida Statutes.
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A person who applies for a system construction permit but cannot meet the requirements of the rule or statute will have their permit denied and may request a variance from the standards. Applications for variance can be obtained from the local county health department that denied the permit application or can be downloaded below. Instructions for completing the variance application form are included with the form.
The Department is authorized to grant variances when it is satisfied that:
a. The hardship was not caused intentionally by the action of the applicant;
To apply for a variance, you will need to prepare eight (8) copies of the completed variance application and supporting documentation and provide the eight copies and the required fee payment to your local county health department. Your application will need to be reviewed by the local county health department and the completed application received by the Onsite Sewage Programs office in Tallahassee no later than the 15th of the month in order to be placed on the agenda for the next monthly meeting of the variance review and advisory committee. If the 15th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the deadline for receipt will be the next regular working day. If the variance request involves setbacks from wells or surface waters, the separation of the drainfield from the estimated wet season high water table, or the authorized sewage flow of the property, the county health department will post a sign on the property giving notice of the application for variance.
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