Types of Permits

The Commission issues permits for work in and along the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay and within the Suisun Marsh. Applications for all permits are processed similarly, but different types of permits are issued. Regionwide Permits are not available for projects in the Suisun Marsh.

The size, location and impacts of a project determine which type of permit is appropriate. In turn, the type of permit determines the information that must be provided to complete a permit application.

As described under permit amendments, existing BCDC permits may be amended to authorize project changes or revise project completion dates.

Permit Amendments

After issuance, permits can be amended to address project changes. To amend an existing BCDC permit, submit a request either by letter (for simple project changes) or by submitting a new permit application (for larger, more complex changes). If you have questions regarding whether an amendment is needed for a project change, please contact the permitting staff.

Amendments which materially change a project require full Commission consideration and a public hearing. Non-material amendments can be approved by the Commission's executive director. [California Code of Regulations, section 10800 et seq].