Emergency Permit Information

Emergency permits are issued for situations that pose an immediate danger to life, health, property, or essential public services. In the event of an emergency, the Executive Director, after consulting with the Commission’s Chair, may issue verbal authorization for work within BCDC’s jurisdiction that is necessary to handle the emergency.

The Executive Director may grant an emergency permit if:

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It is determined that an emergency exists and requires action more quickly than can reasonably occur when following BCDC’s procedures for issuing permits; and the work proposed is consistent with BCDC’s laws and policies.

If authorization is verbally granted for an emergency permit, a regular permit application must be submitted, including the appropriate application fee, within five working days after having received an emergency permit.

If an emergency arises, please contact us immediately at 415.352.3600.

If you are calling outside normal business hours, you can either leave a message or follow the directions  for how to contact the Executive Director.

Information to Submit for an Emergency Permit

The following information and attachments should be submitted in order to receive an Emergency Permit pursuant to BCDC’s regulations 14 C.C.R. Section 10120 and 10653. If the emergency situation is such that a verbal authorization is given by BCDC’s Executive Director to commence emergency work, BCDC permit application documentation must still be submitted by the property owner within five working days after having received an emergency permit.

Provide the Following Information

  1. Name, address and phone number of Property Owner(s)
  2. Name, address and phone number of Owners’ Representative(s), if any
  3. Location/Address of Emergency Work
  4. Assessor’s Parcel Number
  5. Nature and cause of emergency (e.g., person, property, or public services threatened due to an identified reason; hazards or dangerous conditions)
  6. Proposed emergency work and method (e.g., rip-rap, levee repair, structure repair, etc. Include approximate dimension of repair work, quantities of material, etc.)
  7. Timing of emergency work (an estimate of when work will be performed – generally 24 hours to 72 hours after the emergency occurrence)
  8. Contractor, or person(s) who will do emergency work (include the address and phone number, if different from representative above.)
  9. Name and phone number of local government contact
  10. Any known existing BCDC permits or other authorizations for the site.

Attachments - Additional Information to Submit as Time Allows

  1. Vicinity map (road map) with location of project site marked.
  2. Photographs of the emergency situation.
  3. Aerial photographs or site plan showing proposed and existing development on the subject parcel.
  4. Evidence of applicant’s interest in property on which emergency work is to be performed (i.e., grant deed or other property documents)
  5. Evidence of approval by local planning department.