California Coastal Permit and Wetlands

California Coastal Permit and Wetlands

Postby arrestedimpulse » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:13 pm

I had a question regarding California Coastal Permits...

Per Section 30601 of the Coastal Act:


[size=50]Prior to certification of the local coastal program and, where applicable, in addition to a permit from local government pursuant to subdivision (b) or (d) of Section 30600, a coastal development permit shall be obtained from the commission for any of the following:

(1) Developments between the sea and the first public road paralleling the sea or within 300 feet of the inland extent of any beach or of the mean high tide line of the sea where there is no beach, whichever is the greater distance.

(2) Developments not included within paragraph (1) located on tidelands, submerged lands, public trust lands, within 100 feet of any wetland, estuary, stream, or within 300 feet of the top of the seaward face of any coastal bluff.

(3) Any development which constitutes a major public works project or a major energy facility.
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Does this mean that you would need a California Coastal Permit within 100' of any wetland or stream in the State of California even if it is really far away from the coast? Or is there a cutoff to this rule such as outside of the California Coastal Zone? I don't specifically remember reading about having to get a Coastal Permit for every project near a wetland, stream, or creek from the Wetlands Permitting Guide...
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Re: California Coastal Permit and Wetlands

Postby arsine5 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:42 pm

For wetlands you only need a permit from the California Coastal Commission or the Local Coastal Program if the wetland is in their jurisdiction. If it is outside of their jurisdiction then they will not be involved in the permitting process.

This Statement above makes it really confusing though. Perhaps this is referring to the fact that if a wetland is outside of the Coastal area, yet somehow provides service to an area that is within the coastal zone that constitutes a treatment work within the coastal zone THEN the CCC would review and be involved. So for example, if we are working on a wetland that is not in the coastal zone, but know that the water from this wetland runs down and reaches Coastal territory, then in this case the coastal commission would have some involvement. Does that make sense??

To be honest, I wouldn't read too much into this statement so don't spend too much time trying to figure this out.
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Re: California Coastal Permit and Wetlands

Postby arrestedimpulse » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:27 am

arsine5 wrote:For wetlands you only need a permit from the California Coastal Commission or the Local Coastal Program if the wetland is in their jurisdiction. If it is outside of their jurisdiction then they will not be involved in the permitting process.

This Statement above makes it really confusing though. Perhaps this is referring to the fact that if a wetland is outside of the Coastal area, yet somehow provides service to an area that is within the coastal zone that constitutes a treatment work within the coastal zone THEN the CCC would review and be involved. So for example, if we are working on a wetland that is not in the coastal zone, but know that the water from this wetland runs down and reaches Coastal territory, then in this case the coastal commission would have some involvement. Does that make sense??

To be honest, I wouldn't read too much into this statement so don't spend too much time trying to figure this out.


Thanks for the response arsine5, that's what I figured too, and perhaps if this is information needed for the project scenario they would just spell it out for you in the beginning that the project is located near a Wetlands in the Coastal Zone.
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