Lee County Emergency Well permitting and scheduling procedures until further notice:
Lee County will only be reviewing and issuing Public Water Supply and Replacement Well applications .
All other applications will not be processed at this time.
You may schedule wells that have been paid for and issued. However, work must be scheduled by 5:00 PM the prior day of construction.
Please keep in mind this is a temporary emergency action due to hurricane Ian. Once Lee County has is up and running at 100% We should be able to resume normal activities.
The Unit provides advice and responds to the public, water well contractors, consultants, County staff and other agencies on issues related to hydrogeology of the region.
Lee County uses five documented aquifers for potable use. Of those five aquifers, four are used by single-family homes as their sole potable source, with one area of Lee County having one usable source available. We have also documented through research that certain grout materials are not usable in Lee County due to the existing water quality. Lee County's goal is to educate contractors wishing to perform work in unincorporated Lee County, City of Bonita Springs, City of Fort Myers, Villages of Estero and the City of Sanibel of our unique local geology and differing water quality conditions.
The Lee County Well Construction Advisory Board (WCAB) is appointed by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to advise the Natural Resources Director or his/her appointee concerning:
- the administration of the Well Construction Ordinance
- the regulation of the drilling industry
- other such duties as may be established in the Ordinance
The Advisory Board has the authority to conduct hearings and make final determinations related to all matters arising from violation of any part of this ordinance. The Advisory Board shall hear appeals of:
- denial of permits
- orders to plug or rehabilitate wells
The Advisory Board shall advise the Natural Resources Division on:
- licensed applicants
- content of licensing examination
- quality of workmanship when a complaint is placed on a licensee
- well construction problems
The Advisory Board shall recommend amendments to this Ordinance, and shall have all other duties as prescribed under this Ordinance or any amendments thereto. The Advisory Board members will have equal voting rights on all issues before the Board.
Wellfield Protection only applies to a particular land use or activity, whether that land use or activity is classified as a residential or commercial use, when:
- the aggregate sum of all quantities of any one regulated substance on a given parcel or in a certain building exceeds 110 gallons if the substance is a liquid, or 1,110 pounds if the substance is a solid;
- or no single substance exceeds the limits referenced in subsection (a)(1) of this section but the aggregate sum of all regulated substances present on a given parcel or in a given building exceeds 110 gallons if the substances are liquids, or 1,110 pounds if the substances are solids.
Where regulated substances are dissolved in or mixed with non-regulated substances, only the actual quantity of the regulated substance present will be used to determine compliance.
Where a regulated substance is a liquid, the total volume of the regulated substance present in a solution or mixture of the substance with other substances will be determined by volume percent composition of the regulated substances.
This article applies to sanitary hazards. Four types of protection zones have been established using scientific criteria relating to the physical characteristics of the water supply aquifer and the transport gradients caused by either natural forces or induced pumpage of the wellfield(s).
The transport times associated with the protection zones are designed so as to allow adequate time to carry out mitigating procedures to prevent wellfield contamination in the event of spillage of any regulated substance.
Protection zone 1 consists of all land situated between the well and the water table aquifer six-month travel time zone demarcation.
Protection zone 2 consists of all land situated between the well and the planar geometric union of the largest of the following three travel time zones: Water table aquifer one-year travel time zone demarcation. Lower Tamiami one-year travel time zone demarcation. Sandstone one-year travel time zone demarcation.
Protection zone 3 consists of all land situated between the well and the planar geometric union of the largest of the following three protection zones: Water table one-year travel time zone demarcation and the water table aquifer five-year travel time zone demarcation. Sandstone aquifer one-year travel time zone demarcation and the Sandstone aquifer five-year travel time zone demarcation. Lower Tamiami one-year travel time zone demarcation and the Lower Tamiami five-year travel time zone demarcation.
Protection zone 4 consists of all land situated between the well and the planar geometric unit of the largest of the following three protection zones: Water table five-year travel time zone demarcation and the water table aquifer ten-year travel time zone demarcation. Sandstone five-year travel time zone demarcation and the Sandstone ten-year travel time zone demarcation. Lower Tamiami five-year travel time zone demarcation and the Lower Tamiami ten-year travel time zone demarcation.
**New Fees 02-1-18**
|Elevator Shaft Drilling||$150||N/A||N/A|
|Elevator Shaft Grouting||$150||N/A||N/A|
|Fire Protection||$275||Fire Protection||$150|
|Geo Thermal||$300||Geo Thermal||$300|
|Repair Permit||$350||Repair Permit||$275|
Wells Serving Public Water Systems (Per Well)
Monitor Well Permits
In place for one week or more
-Deeper than the first confining unit
Lower Tamiami Aquifer and deeper
$50 per Monitor Well ( Water Table Aquifer )
$275.00 per Monitor Well
Test Boring Permits
Issued per parcel; 4 Borings per permit
$50 per each additional boring
Well Plugging(s) - (Wells Deeper than
20 feet below Natural Grade)
(Shallow wells require permit, but fee is waived)
(Well Abandonment fee is waived for replacement wells)
Permit Time Extension||$200|
Permit Application Late Fee||$150|
Inspections (Existing Well)||$100 per inspection|
$100 first visit
$150 second visit
$200 third visit