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Natural Areas Research Permit

Natural Areas Management operates on a 60 day processing cycle and makes every effort to review applications within 30 days to find them complete and have an additional 30 days to decide whether to issue or deny the request. This process is driven by the volume of applications received within the office and the complexity of the request. Typically NAM is able to review and make a final decision within 45 days. You must also submit a worker approval form with your application. 

Requests for activities that sell products, commodities resulting from project(s), or services for a fee should use the Permit to Conduct Private Business on County Property that must be approved by the County as detailed in the PROS Operating Procedures 4.260.

Requests for activities governed by Administrative Order 8-3, Special Events Permits in Park & Recreation Department Facilities, should use the Special Events Permit outlined in the Administrative Order and PROS Operating Procedure 4.258.

Requests for activities governed by or subject to a lease or license agreement, programming partnership agreement, interlocal and/or interagency agreement, or Board of County Commission action should use the procedures outlines in those policies and agreements or as amended.

Issuance of a Research or Educational Reseearch Permit by itself is not an authorization to engage in those activities that are regulated or require approvals provided by additional County, State or Federal entities.


  • Eligibility & Requirements

    This is an application which will be reviewed by Research Committee, and may be approved or denied. 

    1. Please be sure to specify in the application and supporting documents a thorough description of project and all the Preserves/Parks you wish to include for your project
    2. Miami-Dade Protected Natural Areas are refuges for nature, and all resources are protected. Inappropriate impacts to these resources are not permitted.  Please be sure to explain how your project will benefit the conservation and better management of natural resources in Miami-Dade County Protected Natural Areas.
    3. Please be sure to complete and include all requested additional documents that are listed on page 2 of the application form
    4. A Worker Approval (waiver) form is required for each participant in the project who visits the preserve(s). Each needs to be complete and submitted prior to any site visit(s). A blank form is attached.

    On average the turnaround application review time is 60 days although this varies depending on the specific nature and complexity of the requested project. Applicants must plan ahead accordingly and incorporate this time into their projects. The function of the Research Permit Application process is to facilitate communication and coordination of appropriate and needed actions, research and projects, minimize conflicts with other scheduled park and preserve uses, and collect and distribute the natural resource management data resulting from these projects for inclusion in the adaptive management strategies of our parks and preserves.

    Please do not initiate any projects and/or activities in any Park or Preserve without an approved Permit.

  • Additional Permissions

    The following project activities may require additional permissions:

    • Digging, planting, excavation or removal of natural or historic materials from Preserves designated historically, archaeological, or architecturally significant [MDCC 26-1:8]
    • Removal of plants and plant materials (MDCC 26-1:8]
    • Collection, removal or release of wildlife or feral or domestic animals [MDCC 26-1:9]
    • Use of chemicals that may not be released into the environment without regulation as provided by County, State or Federal law, including but not limited to the pollution of waters [MDCC 26-1:19]
    • Related to the proper set up, staging, food preparation and refuse and trash disposition in appropriate locations {MDCC 26-1:20]
    • Work done in coastal and/or fresh water wetland habitats including projects involving mangroves {MDCC 24(IV)1:24-48]
    • Work done related to the understory removal or that effectively destroys either in a Natural Forest Community (NFC) [MDCC 24(IV)2:24-49]

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