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Coastal Development Permit Application and Appeal Forms

Find forms and other information on this page regarding permits and appeals.

Immediately below are permit application forms for your use. The instructions for filling out the forms are included with the forms themselves. The forms in PDF are for printing and filling in via typewriter or handwriting; the Microsoft Word forms can be filled in on your computer then saved and printed.

Schedule of filing fees will be adjusted for inflation effective July 1, 2013. See the staff report and Title 14, Div. 5.5, Section 13055 Fee Schedule Adopted Regulations. (See also our Laws and Regulations.)

Before filling out an application, please be sure that you actually need to apply to the Coastal Commission itself. In areas where there is a certified Local Coastal Program, it is to that city or county to which you must apply and they have their own forms. Otherwise you apply directly to the Coastal Commission. Our analysts are here to talk with you if you have any questions about the jurisdiction you are in or about the application process. Go here to find staff contact information in the office which works on permits in the proposed project's location.


For post-disaster structure replacement, here is the Exemption Request Form in MS Word and PDF (for the South Central Coast District) and an information sheet about it.


See California’s potential permit requirements for scientific experiments, pilot projects, and other short-term research projects. This letter was produced by the California Ocean Protection Council.


Here are the Appeal Forms and Information Sheet Attachment for your use:

The forms need to be filled out and physical copies sent to the appropriate district office along with the applicable filing fee.


Here is the Waiver of the 49 Day Rule for an Appeal of a Local Government’s Final Action on a Coastal Development Permit (49-day Waiver Form) (All Districts) [in PDF]


Here is the emergency permit application form should you need one:

  • Here is the form in PDF which you should print out and fill out.
  • Here is the form as a Microsoft Word Template (.dot). Download it and save it to your computer. Open it in Microsoft Word where you may (after entering your information, save as a .doc file and print out to send).