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Title XXV
AVIATION
Chapter 333
AIRPORT ZONING
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F.S. 333.07
333.07 Local government permitting of airspace obstructions.
(1) PERMITS.
(a) A person proposing to construct, alter, or allow an airport obstruction in an airport hazard area in violation of the airport protection zoning regulations adopted under this chapter must apply for a permit. A permit may not be issued if it would allow the establishment or creation of an airport hazard or if it would permit a nonconforming obstruction to become a greater hazard to air navigation than it was when the applicable airport protection zoning regulation was adopted which allowed the establishment or creation of the obstruction, or than it is when the application for a permit is made.
(b) If the political subdivision or its administrative agency determines that a nonconforming obstruction has been abandoned or is more than 80 percent torn down, destroyed, deteriorated, or decayed, a permit may not be granted if it would allow the obstruction to exceed the applicable height limit or otherwise deviate from the airport protection zoning regulations. Whether or not an application is made for a permit under this subsection, the owner of the nonconforming obstruction may be required, at his or her own expense, to lower, remove, reconstruct, alter, or equip such obstruction as may be necessary to conform to the current airport protection zoning regulations. If the owner of the nonconforming obstruction neglects or refuses to comply with such requirement for 10 days after notice, the administrative agency may report the violation to the political subdivision involved, which subdivision, through its appropriate agency, may proceed to have the obstruction so lowered, removed, reconstructed, altered, or equipped and assess the cost and expense thereof upon the owner of the obstruction or the land whereon it is or was located.
(2) CONSIDERATIONS WHEN ISSUING OR DENYING PERMITS.In determining whether to issue or deny a permit, the political subdivision or its administrative agency must consider the following, as applicable:
(a) The safety of persons on the ground and in the air.
(b) The safe and efficient use of navigable airspace.
(c) The nature of the terrain and height of existing structures.
(d) The effect of the construction or alteration on the state licensing standards for a public-use airport contained in chapter 330 and rules adopted thereunder.
(e) The character of existing and planned flight operations and developments at public-use airports.
(f) Federal airways, visual flight rules, flyways and corridors, and instrument approaches as designated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
(g) The effect of the construction or alteration of the proposed structure on the minimum descent altitude or the decision height at the affected airport.
(h) The cumulative effects on navigable airspace of all existing structures and all other known proposed structures in the area.
(i) Additional requirements adopted by the political subdivision or administrative agency pertinent to evaluation and protection of airspace and airport operations.
(3) OBSTRUCTION MARKING AND LIGHTING.In issuing a permit under this section, the political subdivision or its administrative agency shall require the owner of the obstruction to install, operate, and maintain thereon, at his or her own expense, marking and lighting in conformance with the specific standards established by the Federal Aviation Administration.
History.s. 7, ch. 23079, 1945; s. 5, ch. 88-356; s. 76, ch. 90-136; s. 483, ch. 95-148; s. 33, ch. 2016-10; s. 7, ch. 2016-209; s. 28, ch. 2016-239.