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Migrant Housing

Florida Department of Health in Hardee County

The migrant labor camp program in Florida issues hundreds of permits in order to ensure that thousands of migrant and seasonal farm workers, as well as their families live in housing that meets or exceeds standards set by law.

Our purpose for this program is to reduce the risk of communicable disease transmission and injury among migrant farm workers by establishing thorough and consistent procedures for permitting and inspecting migrant housing.

Chapter 64E-14 (PDF 89.8 KB, opens in new window) of the Florida Administrative Code, provides standards for construction, operation, and maintenance of migrant labor camps and residential migrant housing. This governing rule is applicable to mobile homes, private residential rentals, rooming houses, barracks, and housing authority projects for farm workers when these facilities constitute a migrant labor camp or residential migrant housing.


  • An application (PDF 20.3 KB, opens in new window) with the Florida Department of Health in Hardee County's Division of Environmental Health MUST be made prior to the establishment / operation / or occupancy of the farm worker housing.
  • If, after a pre-licensing inspection, it is determined that the proposed housing conforms to the minimum standards required by the governing rules, and the applicant has paid the fee, the department shall issue a permit for operation.
  • For basic knowledge of the rules and regulations, click on the following link for the guidelines.