FAQ's

905 122nd Ave SW
Vero Beach, FL 32968
772-562-9176

  1. Are SJID and SJRWMD the same agencies?
    No.  SJID (St Johns Improvement District) only has a jurisdictional area in the south western section of Indian River County.  SJRWMD (St Johns River Water Management District) is one of the five Water Management Districts in the state of Florida and has regional jurisdiction over surface and groundwater matters throughout its multi-county area.  Both entities take their name from the St Johns River.  SJID is part of the headwaters for the St Johns River.

  2. Does SJID provide water and/ or sewer services?
    No. SJID is not involved in the hook-up of potable (piped) water or sewer services.  Please contact your local municipality for the proper utility service contact. 

  3. The ditch behind/ beside my house needs attention!
    Your home is probably not located within our District.  Please see the maps section of our page to determine which district may be of better service to you.  Our contacts page has phone numbers to contact the appropriate district.

  4.  Who sets the policies for SJID?
    The Board of Supervisors, consisting of three members, are elected on rotational terms by the landowners within the District.  The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings which are open to the local landowners and potential landowners. If you have an item you would like included on the agenda, please contact the Disctrict Administrator no less than two weeks prior to the next Board meeting.  An annual landowners meeting is held in the Spring.  Please see our calendar page for the current meeting schedule.

  5. How is the assessment determined?
    Each year the District Administrator prepares a line-item budget for review by the Finance/Audit Committee.  This is presented at the annual landowners meeting and subsequently submitted for consideration and approval to the Board of Supervisors.

  6. Do I need a permit to build/ alter the land in SJID?
    Yes.  If you intend to alter any drainage structures, including removal, please contact the District Administrator to discuss permit requirements, especially when converting the use of the land from current use to any other use including aquaculture.

  7. Can I fence my property?
    Yes.  However, ALL fencing must allow for SJID to maintain rights-of-ways and easements.  For pump ditches and laterals, this requires at least a 25' set back from the canal.  Please contact the office prior to installing fences so that we may assist you in determining the set backs required.  Fences on the right-of-way or easement may be removed by District personnel without notice; costs associated with the moving and/or removal of fencing are the responsibility of the landowner.

  8. Does SJID restrict the use of surface water within the District?
    Yes.  At times, the District may impose conservation practices which will restrict the use of surface water.  This usually occurs during a time of low water elevations.

  9. Does the receipt of an SJID permit relieve the requirement of other project permits from any US Governmental agency, State of Florida agency, County or other local governmental  entities?
    No.  SJID is just one of many permits a landowner may need to acquire for a project.  It is the responsibility of the landowner to ascertain and obtain permitting requirements for their project.