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The California Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone.

A Costal Permit from either the Coastal Commission or the city/county is generally required for development of land within the coastal zone, with  development broadly defined by the Coastal Act to include such activities as construction of buildings, division of land, and activities that change the intensity of use or the public’s access to coastal waters.

In areas such as Cayucos, Avila, Shell Beach and Pismo Beach, the boundary is generally 1000 yards or less inland from the mean high tide line.  In areas with significant coastal estuarine habitat, such as Cambria, Morro Bay and Los Osos, the boundary extends to the first major ridgeline or five miles from the mean high tide line, whichever is less.

The Coastal Commission was initially established by voter initiative in 1972 with Proposition 20, and later made permanent  through adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976. In 1978, the California Coastal Program was approved on the federal level by NOAA, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.


Written by Lynn Bates - Go to Lynn's Website/Profile
LYNN BATES, Keith Byrd Team, North Coast Realtor of San Luis Obispo County including Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria and Los Osos. 805 458-4409. Lynn@LynnBates.Com