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Permits

BCDC has regulatory responsibility over development in San Francisco Bay and along the Bay's nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its decisions by its law, the McAteer-Petris Act, the San Francisco Bay Plan, and other plans for specific areas around the Bay.

BCDC’s permit unit includes a small team of planners, analysts, an engineer, a designer, a biologist and secretaries. The staff takes pride in its high level of professionalism and dedication.

It is necessary to obtain a BCDC permit prior to undertaking most work in the Bay or within 100 feet of the shoreline, including filling, dredging, shoreline development and other work. There are several different types of permit applications, depending on the size, location, and impacts of a project.

BCDC staff are also available to answer questions regarding the permitting process and applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the staff to determine whether a BCDC permit is needed for a project to get advice regarding project review.

The Commission has approved a bill of rightsthat describes the Commission's obligations to the public in providing a timely and equitable regulatory process.

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