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Laws, Regulations, and Legislative Information

Here is the Coastal Act [In PDF] current as of 2014.
It includes internal navigational links.

Memo Regarding New Laws for 2014: 2013 Chaptered Legislation [PDF]

The California Coastal Commission Permit Appeal Process: Frequently Asked Questions  [PDF]

Repair, Maintenance and Utility Hook-up Exclusions from Permit Requirements [PDF]

Temporary Events Guidelines [PDF]

Workshop on Conflict of Interest, Bias, and Related Issues (PowerPoint presentation given at the California Coastal Commission Meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2005)

Workshop and Public Hearing on the Legal Requirements Governing Ex Parte Communications and Disclosure Requirements (PowerPoint presentation given at the California Coastal Commission Meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2008) [PDF]

See the Permanent Responsibilities of the California Coastal Commission.

To understand how the California Coastal Act is applied to local areas, ascertain if a certified Local Coastal Program has been certified for your area. Contact either the California Coastal Commission District Office or your local city or county government.

See our Public Records Act Guidelines.

California Coastal Act  (section by section)

Chapter 1.

Findings and Declarations and General Provisions



Chapter 2.




Chapter 2.5.

Revisions to the Coastal Zone Boundary



Chapter 3.

Coastal Resources Planning and Management Policies


Article 1.




Article 2.

Public Access.



Article 3.




Article 4.

Marine Environment



Article 5.

Land Resources



Article 6.




Article 7.

Industrial Development


Chapter 4.

Creation, Membership, and Powers of Commission and Regional Commissions


Article 1.

Creation, Membership of Commission and Regional Commission



Article 2.

Qualifications and Organization



Article 2.5.

Fairness and Due Process



Article 3.

Powers and Duties



Article 4.

Local Coastal Program Implementation Costs


Chapter 5.

State Agencies


Article 1.




Article 2.

State Agencies


Chapter 6.



Article 1.

Local Coastal Program



Article 2.

Procedure for Preparation, Approval, and Certification of Local Coastal Programs



Article 3.

Coastal Public Access Program


Chapter 7.

Development Controls


Article 1.

General Provisions



Article 2.

Development Control Procedures


Chapter 8.



Article 1.

Findings and General Provisions



Article 2.




Article 3.

Implementation; Master Plan


Chapter 9.

Judicial Review, Enforcement, and Penalties


Article 1.

General Provisions



Article 2.



Chapter 10.




Other Laws and Regulations:

The California Coastal Act is the law; to fully understand how the law is interpreted, please refer to the Administrative Regulations. Citations for these regulations and other pertinent materials and legislation are provided below.

Any law library should have the U.S. Code, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, the California Code (Statutes) and the California Code of Regulations available for viewing.

Documents available either through links or in hard copy in law libraries:

To find the California Coastal Commission Administrative Regulations,
go to the California Code of Regulations.
Click on  Title 14, Natural Resources, then select Division 5.5, California Coastal Commission
You must click down in the tree to go to the section you want.
Additionally, There is a search capability, but you must scroll up to the top of the page to get to it.

(The above link is provided by Office of Administrative Law on Westlaw's web site.)

Coastal Zone Management Act
Title 16, U.S. Code (U.S.C.)
Sections 1451 et seq.
You may also search for this in the U.S. Code.

Coastal Zone Management Act Regulations
Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)
Parts 923 and 930
You may search for this citation in  the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations .

State Coastal Conservancy Law
Public Resources Code
Division 21
Sections 31000 et seq.
Go to the California Code to search for this.

McAteer-Petris Act (establishes and governs operations of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission)
Title 7.2, Government Code
Sections 66600 et seq.
You may also search for this in the California Code.

California Coastal Commission’s Conflict of Interest Code

Reports from our Legislative Analyst:

Please note: for legislative reports more recent than the ones linked below, go to our previous and current meeting agendas.

2008: March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008

2007: February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007

2006: January 2006 February 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 October 2006

2005: March 2005 April 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005

2004: February 2004 March 2004 May 2004 June 2004 July 2004 August 2004 October 2004

2003: March 2003, April 2003, May 2003, June 2003, August 2003, September 2003, October 2003, November 2003

2002: March 2002, April 2002, May 2002, June 2002, July 2002, September 2002

2001: February 2001, March 2001, April 2001 , June 2001, July 2001, August 2001, September 2001, October 2001, November 2001,

You may also wish to look at at our archived legislative pages for information older than the above.

Additional Links To Legislative Information:

Official California Legislative Information

Current Assembly Committee Hearings 

Current Senate Committee Hearings

California Voter Foundation
Internet Guide to the Legislature

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