Welcome to the Environmental Protection Department

Mission & Vision
In The Spotlight

Department Overview

The Environmental Protection Department provides natural resources protection to the citizens of Alachua County through:

  • Water and natural resources protection
  • Stormwater management
  • Land conservation, acquisition, and management
  • Environmental planning
  • Environmental review
  • Environmental code enforcement
  • Pollution prevention
  • Hazardous materials management
  • Petroleum contamination clean up
  • Storage tank compliance inspections

Mission & Vision

EPD Mission

To support a community ethic of environmental resiliency and responsible environmental stewardship of the water, air, and living resources in Alachua County.

EPD Vision

Clean water, air, land, and healthy flora and fauna will be preserved and protected in Alachua County by optimizing, not compromising, the balance between natural systems and people.

In The Spotlight

  • The Countywide Wetland Protection Code (Ordinance 2018-05) was adopted on January 23, 2018. Click HERE to view adopted ordinance and related forms. 
  • Report newly formed sinkholes or solution features by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab on upper right
  • New easy to use online Well Registration Form - Click Here









If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a program or service of the Department of Environmental Protection (EPD), please call EPD at 352-264-6800 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). Printed materials are available in alternate format upon request.


  • Environmental Protection Department
  • (352) 264-6800
    408 W. University Avenue
  • Suite 106
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
Water Resources

Natural Resources




Hazardous Materials Management


Petroleum Management




View our Performance Measures Report:
Environmental Protection Performance Measures


**COVID 19 Update**
As always, the health and safety of our team, customers, and citizens is our top priority.

Due to recent and ongoing developments regarding COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department office is open to the public by appointment only. During this time, we continue to maintain all of our business operations and are able to continue to serve the community by phone, through virtual meetings, email and the U.S. Postal Service.

Please feel free to contact us during regular business hours, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, by phone at (352) 264-6800, or online at EPD-Reception@alachuacounty.us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stay safe,
Stephen Hofstetter, Director