Fertilizer Ordinances

All of The IRL watershed
counties and their cities are working together to improve the water quality of the Lagoon . This watershed wide movement to adopt and use the strong fertilizer ordinance to reduce nutrient pollution is a remarkable grassroots achievement. Sending rainwater to the Lagoon, keeps our communities from flooding. For this privilege, our mission must be to keep that runoff as clean as possible. We must, do no harm. We must save the IRL.
 
Summary:  A consensus is finalizing among the governments in the IRL watershed. Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin Counties and 40 of their 44 incorporated municipalities have adopted strong fertilizer ordinances. There are minor differences among the many ordinances, principally in how big to make the fertilizer free zone and certain exemptions. They now all have ordinances with these common features: 
  • Rainy season ban from June 1 - September 30 for nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer
  • No phosphorus allowed without a soil test that indicates need
  • Use only fertilizer with total nitrogen content of at least 50% slow release
  • Fertilizer free zone, at a minimum, within 10 feet of all bodies of water, no exceptions
  • Sets maximum yearly limits by grass types and application rates for fertilizer use on lawns
  • Prohibits fertilizer use on new turf for 30 days 
  • Prohibits leaving grass clippings and fertilizer on any impervious surface (concrete)
  • Prohibits fertilizing on days when a heavy rain is expected, if the ground is water saturated or during a flood watch, tropical storm, or hurricane watch or warning
  • Establishes a voluntary low maintenance zone within 10' of all water bodies
  • Exempts bona fide farm operations
  • Requires professionals and institutional applicators to have training 
  • Establishes penalties for non compliance

All commercial fertilizer applicators
within the incorporated and unincorporated area of the counties, must complete special training. They shall abide by and successfully complete the six-hour training program outlined in the Florida-friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries offered by the FDEP through the UF Extension "Florida-Friendly Landscaping" program, or an approved equivalent.
 
 



Municipal Jurisdictions of Brevard

Cape Canaveral   Cocoa   Cocoa Beach   Indian Harbor Beach   Melbourne   Palm Bay   Rockledge   Satellite Beach   Titusville  West Melbourne   Grant-Valkaria   Indialantic   Malabar   Melbourne Beach   Melbourne Village   Palm Shores 
 
If you don't live in one of the above cities or towns, you live in Unincorporated Brevard County. 
 
What's Legal in Brevard  - The County and all of its 16 municipalities have adopted the strong version of the fertilizer ordinance.
 
  • Unincorporated Brevard County (206,664) Chapter 46, Article VIII 15' fertilizer free zone
  • Rockledge (24,926)  Ordinance No. 1614-2013  Bans all fertilizer east of Rockledge Drive.
  • Satellite Beach (10,109) Ordinance No. 1784
  • Melbourne Village (665) Ordinance 2013-4
  • Titusville (43,761) Ordinance No. 36-2013  25' fertilizer free zone along IRL
  • Cocoa Beach (11, 260)  Ordinance No. 1576
  • Cape Canaveral (9,912) Chapter 92
  • Indian Harbor Beach (8,249)  Ordinance No.2013 - 7 25' fertilizer free zone from all water bodies
  • Grant-Valkaria (3,890)  Ordinance No. 2014 - 01 25' fertilizer free zone along IRL
  • Cocoa (17,140)  Ordinance No. 11 - 2014
  • Malabar (2,785)  Ordinance No. 2014-04
  • Indialantic (2,720) Ordinance No. 14-09 25' fertilizer free zone from all water bodies
  • Palm Bay (104,124) Ordinance No. 2014-16
  • West Melbourne (19,164) Ordinance No. 2014-15
  • Palm Shores (900) Ordinance 2014 - 5 No nitrogen within 25' of the IRL
  • Melbourne Beach (3,101)  Ordinance 2014 - 07
  • Melbourne (77,048) Sec 50 - 109

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    What's Legal in Indian River - The County and 4 of its 5 municipalities have adopted the strong version of the fertilizer ordinance.
     
  • Unincorporated Indian River County (108,529)  Ordinance No. 2013 - 012  Amended
  • Vero Beach (15,220)  Ordinance No. 2013 - 23
  • Indian River Shores (3,967)  Ordinance No. 513 
  • Orchid (421)  Ordinance No. 2014 - 01 
  • Sebastian (22,364)  Ordinance No. 0 - 14 - 2
  • Fellsmere (5,286) Model Ordinance
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    What's Legal in St Lucie - The County and all 3 of its municipalities have adopted the strong version of the fertilizer ordinance.
     
  • Unincorporated St Lucie County (65,851)  Ordinance No. 2014 - 3
  • Port St Lucie (168,7160)  Ordinance 14 - 10
  • St Lucie Village (597)  Ordinance  2014 - 2 (not available online)
  • Ft Pierce (42,465)  Ordinance 14 - 014
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    What's Legal in Martin County - The County and 3 of its 4 municipalities have committed to the strong version of the fertilizer ordinance
     
  • Unincorporated Martin County (130,004)  Sec. 67.434.
  • Sewall's Point (2,041)  Article VII - Fertilizer Note: No fertilizer Jun 1 - Nov 30
  • Stuart (15,581)  Ordinance No. 2280-2014 Note: Allows low P
  • Ocean Breeze Park (354)  Ordinance 209 - 2014 For a copy, email: townofoceanbreez@bellsouth.net
  • Town of Jupiter Island (837) Model Ordinance
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    What's Legal in Volusia County - The County and 14 of the 16 of incorporated municipalities are now regulated by the strong version of the fertilizer ordinance. Only Deltona (86,290) and DeBary (19,320) follow the minimum, "state model."
     
    Volusia County (496,950) Ordinance 2014 - 06, Amendment: Ordinance 2014 - 09