California Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Inland wetlands: California Fish and Game Code (CFGC) 1601 to 1616

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Fees for alteration agreements: 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 699.5

California Coastal Act of 1976, Public Resources Code (PRC) 30000 to 30900

Classification of wetlands: PRC 30121

Coastal wetlands boundaries: PRC 30150

Permit requirements: PRC 30610

Coastal permits: 14 CCR 13050 to 13343

Approval waivers: 14 CCR 13053

Permit applications: 14 CCR 13053.5

Fees for coastal development permits: 14 CCR 13055

401 certification: 23 CCR 3855 to 3861

Cobey-Alquist Flood Plain Management Act, California Water Code (CWC) 8400 to 8415

Regulatory Agencies

California Coastal Commission (CCC)

California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Habitat Conservation Division

State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Water Quality

Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) San Francisco District Office Sacramento District Office Los Angeles District Office

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Local land use or zoning boards

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California's wetlands permitting program is complex, and the rules vary depending on the location of the wetlands and the proposed activity.

CCC issues permits for development and construction in coastal wetlands. DFG reviews permits for inland wetlands.

Local land use and zoning boards often have their own regulations concerning wetlands development. Local governments develop local coastal plans and zoning ordinances. They also enforce ...


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