Project planning and permitting
Marin County has monthly Permit Coordination meetings to assist landowners with environmental permits for projects in within the County. Click here to find out more.
Streambank stabilization using a native willow wall. Over time willow walls will grow in place and provide erosion control and habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife.
Environmental permitting for your project: Permit Info
A step-by-step overview of the environmental compliance process
What permits does my project need?
Permit requirements depend on where you are working and what you are doing.
This slideshow will help you understand what permits are needed for certain types of work.
Will you be moving dirt?
- With hand labor or a shovel?
–Unless you’re moving dirt with a large crew, you probably won’t need permits to move less than 150 cubic yards of material.
- With heavy equipment?
–Start with your local municipality, your city or county and they will help you through the permit process
Moving soil can impact more than just your project. Once dirt is moved, the fine sediment can wash away with rains or could result in much larger erosion problems that were not anticipated. The permits help guide you through a process to ensure that safety measures are in place and best management practices are used to keep off-site impacts to a minimum.
- Department of Fish and Game Section 1600 permit
- US Army Corps Section 404 permit
- Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401 permit
- Your local city or county may require grading permits