California Coastal Commission

Mission Statement

The California Coastal Commission (Commission) is a State coastal managment and regulatory agency that in partnership with local governments, is responsible for implementation of the California Coastal Management Program.

Major Roles and Responsibilities in Wetlands Management

With regards to wetlands, the Coastal Commission's primary role is the regulation of coastal development affecting wetlands in California's coastal zone. (The coastal zone extends three miles seaward and generally about 1,000 yards inland. In particularly important and generally undeveloped areas where there can be considerable impact on the coastline from inland development, the coastal zone extends to a maximum of 5 miles inland from mean high tide line. In developed urban areas, the coastal zone extends substantially less than 1,000 yards inland. The Coastal Commission's jurisdiction does not extend into or around San Francisco Bay, where development is regulated by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.) In this capacity, the Commission has permitting authority over many types of activities proposed in wetlands occurring in the coastal zone.

The Commission also maintains active involvement in select projects involving wetlands restoration, enhancement, and/or mitigation. This involvement may include both procedural and technical assistance during all phases of a project.

Legal Mandate

The Coastal Commission operates under legal authority granted to it by the California Coastal Act of 1976, as amended (California Public Resources Code, Division 20). Jurisdiction also depends on whether a particular activity constitutes "development." ("Development" on land, or in or under water includes, but is not limited to, the placement or erection of any solid material or structure; discharge or disposal of any dredged material; change in the density or intensity of use of land; change in the intensity of use of water or its access; and construction, reconstruction, demolition, or alteration of size of any structure.)

Under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, the Commission can also regulate federal actions or federally funded projects occurring outside the coastal zone as long as they affect resources within the zone.

For more information on the California Coastal Commission contact:

HEADQUARTERS
John Dixson, Wetlands Technical Specialist
Jim Raives
(415)904-5200
Fax (415)904-5400

Mailing address:
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219

NORTH COAST AREA OFFICE
Steve Scholl, (415)904-5265
Bob Merrill, (707)445-7833
Fax (415)904-5400

Mailing address:
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219

CENTRAL COAST AREA OFFICE
Charles Lester, (831)427-4863
Fax (831)427-4877

Mailing address:
725 Front Street, Suite 300
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4508

SOUTH CENTRAL COAST AREA OFFICE
(805)585-1880
Fax (805)641-1732

Mailing address:
89 South California Street, Suite 200
Ventura, CA 93001-2801

SOUTH COAST AREA OFFICE
Teresa Henry, (562)590-5071
Fax (562)590-5084

Mailing address:
200 Oceangate, 10th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

SAN DIEGO COAST AREA OFFICE
Deborah Lee, Deputy Director
Sherilyn Sarb, District Manager
(619)767-2370
Fax (619)767-2384

Mailing address:
7575 Metropolitan Dr., Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92108-4402


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