Special District Information Program

Welcome to the Special District Information Program - Florida's centralized source of information about the 1,635-plus special districts in the state. To learn more about the program, please see Responsibilities of the Special District Information Program.

To help you find what you are seeking, special district resources and topics are organized as follows:

  1. Official List of Special Districts Online - Directory (FloridaJobs.org/OfficialList) 
  2. Florida Special District Handbook Online (FloridaJobs.org/SpecialDistrictHandbook) - Covers many special district issues in detail and provides direct links to other resources. Includes sections on:
    1. Newly Created Special District Responsibilities
    2. Registered Agent Defined
    3. How to Change a Registered Agent and/or a Registered Office
    4. Reporting Requirements By Due Date
    5. The Public Facilities Report - includes the schedule to determine when the public facilities report and updates to that report are due to the local general-purpose governments in which the special district is located:
  3. All About Special Districts
    1. An Introduction to Special Districts - Includes:
      • Special Districts Defined
      • How Special Districts are Created and Dissolved
      • The Difference Between "Dependent" and "Independent" Special Districts
      • Examples of Special Districts
    2. Reasons Why Special Districts Are Created
    3. Special District Accountability and Oversight - Includes:
      • What May Happen When Special Districts Fail to Comply with Certain Requirements
    4. Resolving Problems with Special Districts - Includes:
      • How to Obtain Information / Official Records From A Special District
    5. Special District Basics Presentation - A PowerPoint Presentation about special districts
  4. The Annual Special District Fee (for special districts only)
    1. Funding of the Special District Information Program - The Annual Special District Fee (Florida Special District Handbook Online)
    2. Pay Your Special District Annual Fee Online (for special districts only)
  5. Additional Special District Resources, Contacts and Information
    1. Special District Resources and Contacts (Specialized Topics) - Includes:
      • Contact telephone numbers and other information about specialized topics (financial reporting, ethics, Government-in-the-Sunshine, financial emergencies, etc.)
      • Finding special district charters / creation documents online
    2. Special District Information Program Contact
      • Jack Gaskins Jr.
        • Department of Economic Opportunity
        • Division of Community Development
        • Special District Information Program
        • 107 E Madison Street, MSC-400
        • Tallahassee, FL 32399-6508
        • Telephone: 850-717-8430
        • Email (see Email link upper right)
    3. Media Contact


  • Jack Gaskins Jr.

    (850) 717-8430

Training Opportunity

  • Learn how up to two special district board members and / or staff from eligible special districts can attend the Florida Association of Special District's Annual Conference without paying a conference registration fee.

Annual Special District Fee and Update Process

Legal References

Special District Review

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