2010 Florida Statutes
Permit required for structures exceeding federal obstruction standards.
Permit required for structures exceeding federal obstruction standards.—
In order to prevent the erection of structures dangerous to air navigation, subject to the provisions of subsections (2), (3), and (4), each person shall secure from the Department of Transportation a permit for the erection, alteration, or modification of any structure the result of which would exceed the federal obstruction standards as contained in 14 C.F.R. ss. 77.21, 77.23, 77.25, 77.28, and 77.29. However, permits from the Department of Transportation will be required only within an airport hazard area where federal standards are exceeded and if the proposed construction is within a 10-nautical-mile radius of the geographical center of a publicly owned or operated airport, a military airport, or an airport licensed by the state for public use.
Affected airports will be considered as having those facilities which are shown on the airport master plan, or an airport layout plan submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration Airport District Office or comparable military documents, and will be so protected. Planned or proposed public-use airports which are the subject of a notice or proposal submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration or to the Department of Transportation shall also be protected.
Permit requirements of subsection (1) shall not apply to projects which received construction permits from the Federal Communications Commission for structures exceeding federal obstruction standards prior to May 20, 1975, provided such structures now exist; nor shall it apply to previously approved structures now existing, or any necessary replacement or repairs to such existing structures, so long as the height and location is unchanged.
When political subdivisions have adopted adequate airspace protection in compliance with s. 333.03, and such regulations are on file with the Department of Transportation, a permit for such structure shall not be required from the Department of Transportation.
The Department of Transportation shall, within 30 days of the receipt of an application for a permit, issue or deny a permit for the erection, alteration, or modification of any structure the result of which would exceed federal obstruction standards as contained in 14 C.F.R. ss. 77.21, 77.23, 77.25, 77.28, and 77.29.
In determining whether to issue or deny a permit, the department shall consider:
The nature of the terrain and height of existing structures.
Public and private interests and investments.
The character of flying operations and planned developments of airports.
Federal airways as designated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Whether the construction of the proposed structure would cause an increase in the minimum descent altitude or the decision height at the affected airport.
The safety of persons on the ground and in the air.
Land use density.
The safe and efficient use of navigable airspace.
The cumulative effects on navigable airspace of all existing structures, proposed structures identified in the applicable jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans, and all other known proposed structures in the area.
When issuing a permit under this section, the Department of Transportation shall, as a specific condition of such permit, require the obstruction marking and lighting of the permitted structure as provided in s. 333.07(3)(b).
The Department of Transportation shall not approve a permit for the erection of a structure unless the applicant submits both documentation showing compliance with the federal requirement for notification of proposed construction and a valid aeronautical evaluation, and no permit shall be approved solely on the basis that such proposed structure will not exceed federal obstruction standards as contained in 14 C.F.R. ss. 77.21, 77.23, 77.25, 77.28, or 77.29, or any other federal aviation regulation.
s. 3, ch. 75-16; s. 3, ch. 88-356; s. 7, ch. 92-152.