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.
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
From I-75 North or South: Exit Sheridan Street
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.
Drainage District was awarded the Broward County NatureScape
Emerald Award for its efforts in improving water quality in
SW Broward County.
Phase II Water Restrictions are STILL in effect
Watering (Lots Under 5 Acres)
12:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Thursdays & Sundays
12:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 11:59 PM
more information click here
or on Tighten the Tap below.
FLOOD ZONE MAPS
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
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.
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
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 on October 1st of each year. To view the current Adopted
Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 click here.
The current Budget was amended at the August Board Meeting. To view
To view previous year budgets click here.
The District's Annual Assessment Rates are as follows:
Single Family Home ..................... $31.00
Vacant Land ..................................
Multi-Family Home ....................... $21.50
Residential Condo ......................... $21.50
Commercial/Industrial ................. $64.00
Mobile Home ................................. $21.50
To view SBDD Resolution 2015-07 which lists all of SBDD's assessment
rates per sub district click here.
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.
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.
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.