Protected species

A number of protected species live in Volusia County. The county’s permitting process requires that you provide additional documentation for any protected species found on your parcel prior to issuance of county permits. It is the county's goal to help the public work in cooperation with any other governing bodies, whether federal or state, to take the appropriate steps in the permit process regarding protected species. Please contact our office prior to clearing or building on any parcel if you are unsure of the existence of protected species.

Listed below are some of the species that will require additional permitting through federal and/or state agencies. These species are protected by federal and/or state law.

Click on the species name or use the list on the left column to link to the pages.  

tortoises, osprey, and sea turtle

Gopher tortoises Ospreys Sea turtles

beach mouse, scrub jay, bald eagle and manatee

Beach mice  Scrub jays  Bald eagles  Manatee


PLEASE NOTE: Species other than those listed above may require additional permits. Permits are required for most land clearing activities.  Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website for a complete list of protected species in Volusia County.  

Agency contact information:
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
North Florida Field Office
7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32256-7517
Phone: 904-731-3336
Fax: 904-731-3045

Jennifer Winters
Sea Turtle Program Manager

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
ext. 15850

Debbie Wright
 Manatee Protection Program Manager
ext. 12235

Keith Abrahamson
Gopher Tortoise Specialist

Julie McCrystal
Permitting Coordinator
ext. 12093