South Broward Drainage District
* Updated 9/14/18
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Welcome to South Broward Drainage District. Headquarters are located at 6591 S.W. 160 Avenue (A.K.A. Dykes Road), between Stirling Road and Sheridan Street, in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

The South Broward Drainage District plays an important role in the stormwater management in southwest Broward County. To ensure proper water management, important regulations, procedures and criteria have been adopted. The Board of Commissioners of the South Broward Drainage District has instructed its staff to implement these requirements to maintain water quality, provide flood protection, water conservation and water recharge.

The District’s Board of Commissioners meets monthly to review District business, operations and resolve stormwater management issues.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

You can reach us by: Phone (954) 680-3337 or Fax (954) 680-3339

Driving Directions:

From I-75 North or South: Exit Sheridan Street West.
Make a right turn at the light of Dykes Road (SW 160th Ave.) and
Sheridan Street. Approximately 1/2 mile north on the left side.

South Broward Drainage District was awarded the Broward County NatureScape Emerald Award for its efforts in improving water quality in SW Broward County in 2012 and again in 2017 for its Sluice Gates and Green Initiative program.




Water Restrictions

Modified Phase II Water Restrictions are STILL in effect
Landscape Watering (Lots Under 5 Acres)
  Odd Number Addresses
Wednesdays & Saturdays
12:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 11:59 PM
  Even Number Addresses

Thursdays & Sundays
12:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 11:59 PM
For more information click here or on Tighten the Tap below.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently in the process of updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The FIRMs designate flood zones along with base flood elevations and are the basis for establishing flood insurance rates. For more information on the current status of the new FIRMs and to learn how these changes will effect individual property owners. Click on Broward County.


South Broward Drainage District was created in 1927 by the Florida Legislature out of a portion of the Napoleon B. Broward Drainage District as an independent special taxing District.

Special districts are created to meet public demand for the provision of specialized services. Originally called the Hollywood Reclamation District, it was established to reclaim the Everglades for land use, primarily agricultural. Through time, progress, land use changes and development, the Hollywood Reclamation District in 1986 was renamed the South Broward Drainage District, the largest independent district in Broward County.
Please review the South Broward Drainage District Charter.


The South Broward Drainage District has jurisdiction over 46,600 acres (approximately 73 square miles) in Southwest Broward which includes 150 linear miles of fresh-water canals and 7,700 acres of lakes for stormwater storage. In general, the District’s boundaries are University Drive to the east, the Everglades Conservation Area to the west, South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) C-11 canal (Griffin Road canal) to the north boundary and the Miami-Dade County line to the south. Please refer to the District’s boundary map included in our web page.

The key to preventing stormwater problems is planning. The South Broward Drainage District insures that new developments, areas of redevelopment and roadways meet the District’s stormwater management regulations. Plats, Paving and Drainage Plans and Lake Excavation Plans are submitted for review and must meet all design criteria, including that for 10, 25 and 100 year three-day storm events. Also, the requirements of the Broward County Comprehensive Plan relating to water management states all building permits issued within the Town of Southwest Ranches will be required to provide a stormwater study to insure level of service standards for drainage and flood protection are in compliance.

Anyone applying to the TOWN of Southwest Ranches for a building permit or development for property that falls within SBDD boundaries should contact the District to determine the criteria re: surface-water management area and the requirement for easements/rights-of-way.

The District's fiscal year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th of the following year. The District adopts its annual budget on October 1st of each year. At the September 12, 2018 Board meeting the Budget was approved for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. To view click here. At the August 23, 2018 Board meeting the 2017-2018 Budget was amended. To view click here. To view proposed budget for 2018-2019 and previous year budgets click here.

The District's Annual Assessment Rates are:
Single Family Home ..................... $35.00
Vacant Land ................................$27.10
Multi-Family Home ....................... $24.30
Residential Condo .........................$24.30
Commercial/Industrial ...................$72.30
Mobile Home .................................$24.30

The South Broward Drainage District Board of Commissioners voted on April 25, 2013 to pass a resolution to exempt permanently disabled veterans from paying the District's annual tax on their property. Further, Resolution 2013-02 allows for the tax exemption to be applied to eligible spouses of permanently disabled veterans, as well as surviving spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty.

View the District's current monthly Financial Statements here. View the District's Annual Financial Audit To request a copy of the complete SBDD annual budget or any other public record please click: Public Records Request. The District's custodian of public records is Kevin Hart, District Director and can be reached at: (954) 680-3337 Ext. 206.

The District’s inspection staff schedules daily inspections of stormwater infrastructure and is responsible for routinely inspecting the District’s easements and rights-of-way to insure there are no encroachments therein to impede their intended use(s). The field-operations division works out of a multi-purpose complex equipped with backup emergency power and can serve as a base station in the event of a major storm. Employees are in the field on a regular basis checking waterways for debris or infringing vegetation that could potentially block/clog the primary and secondary drainage systems. Blockages are quickly removed, and herbicides may be applied to recurring vegetation problems that could prevent movement of stormwater. Grass carp are also used in designated areas to assist in vegetation control.

District facilities and equipment must be inspected on a regular schedule. During the dry season, District staff spends much of its time performing preventative maintenance on all of its major facilities and equipment. During the rainy season, June to November, stormwater pump stations operate around the clock as required. In Florida, the rainy season also means hurricane season; and South Broward Drainage District must be prepared for a major storm event. To accomplish this, a comprehensive Hurricane Preparedness Plan has been developed; and designated employees have specific assignments in the event of an emergency.

To view current SBDD Facilities Report & Water Control Plan click here.


Please contact Kevin Hart at kevin@sbdd.org or (954) 680-3337 Ext. 206 for any accessibilty issues on the website. If you are using assistive technology to access content on this website and the format of any material interfers with your ability to access it, please let us know immediately and we will correct it. If you contact us, would you please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the webpage address of the requested material, your contact information, and any other information that would allow us to better assist you.

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