Enforcement investigates reports of illegal activities in BCDC’s McAteer-Petris Act and Suisun Marsh Preservation Act jurisdictions, including alleged violations of BCDC permit requirements.

Report a potential violation

Anyone can report alleged violations to BCDC staff for investigation. Highest priority is given to reports that allege the most harm to the Bay’s natural resources, or the greatest failure to provide public access or mitigation required by a BCDC permit.

If you believe you have witnessed a violation, please fill out an online enforcement report form or contact us to speak with a staff member. Be prepared to share your contact information, a detailed description and location of the alleged violation, and photographs of the alleged violation (if possible) to aid in our investigation. If you provide an e-mail address, we will send you a follow-up e-mail to confirm that we have received your report. Feel free to e-mail any additional information or follow-up questions to info@bcdc.ca.gov.

Once Enforcement staff confirms that a violation exists, they work with the alleged violator to resolve the violation. The majority of violations are resolved at the staff level using the standardized fines provided in BCDC’s regulations. However, the most serious violations are referred to the Commission’s Enforcement Committee or to the State Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.

Enforcement Provisions of the McAteer-Petris Act

Nine-County San Francisco Bay
Sections 66637 through 66643 of Chapter 4, Powers and Duties of the Commission, of the McAteer-Petris Act direct the enforcement activities the Commission and its staff along with Chapter 13 of the regulations
Section 66610 – Areas of Jurisdiction of San Francisco Bay

Enforcement Provisions of the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act

Suisun Marsh (Solano County)
Section 29600 through 29612, Chapter 7, Judicial Review, Enforcement and Penalties of the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act direct the enforcement activities of the Commission along with Chapter 13 of the regulations
Section 29102 – Primary Management Area
Section 29103 – Secondary Management Area


Enforcement Regulations

See Title 14, Division 5, Chapter 13 of the Natural Resources code.