Governing Law and Regulations
Inland wetlands: California Fish and Game Code (CFGC) 1601 to 1616
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
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 ...