California Coastal Commission

From Open Energy Information

California Coastal Commission (CCC) is an organization based in San Francisco, California: Energy Resources, United States: Energy Resources. The California Coastal Act of 1976 adopted this Commission as a legislative body to partner with local governments to “plan and regulate the use of land and water in the coastal zone.” This includes regulating the permitting system for coastal development. The Commission is comprised of twelve voting members (all appointed by the State Governor) and three non-voting members from the “Resources Agency, the California State Transportation Agency, and the State Lands Commission.”

“Along with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and theCalifornia Coastal Conservancy, the Coastal Commission is one of California's three designated coastal management agencies for the purpose of administering the federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) in California. Under California's federally-approved Coastal Management Program, the California Coastal Commission manages development along the California coast except for San Francisco Bay, where the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission oversees development. The third agency, the California Coastal Conservancy, purchases, protects, restores, and enhances coastal resources. The primary authorities for the Coastal Program are the California Coastal Act, McAteer-Petris Act, and Suisan Marsh Preservation Act.”


Protecting and Enhancing California’s Coast

“The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.”

Strategic Plan

The current plan is in effect from 2013-2018 and was requested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency. The CCC’s primary funding comes from NOAA and was needed to carry out CZMA. “The Plan contains a discussion of the agency's background and legal mandates, the Commission's vision, mission, and core values, and seven program goals with associated objectives and actions.”


  • Permit Applications and Appeal Forms for private home owners
  • Local Coastal Programs in 76 coastal counties
  • Federal Regulation Information
  • Service oriented volunteer programs
  • Enforcement for Coastal Act Violations


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California Coastal Commission