Dredging on Granted Lands

For maintenance dredging on granted public trust lands, a local trustee or applicant is required to notify the Commission in writing of a dredging project rather than submit a lease application and processing fee. A local trustee or applicant may presume that a dredging lease is not required if certain conditions are met. These conditions include the following:

  • The dredged material is disposed of at an approved on or offshore disposal site.
  • The dredged material is not sold.
  • The maintenance dredging is consistent with proper management of the granted public trust lands.

If a grantee or project applicant intends to dredge on granted public trust lands where the minerals are reserved, they must notify the Commission in writing at least 120 days before dredging.

The notice must include the following information:

  1. A description of the dredging to be conducted, including a map and land description showing the area and project site.
  2. A description of the amount of material to be dredged, disposal amount, location, and means of disposal, if available.
  3. The time and manner in which dredging is to occur.
  4. The relevant permits, authorizations, and approvals that exist or must be obtained to complete dredging, or, if applicable, demonstration of compliance with a dredged materials management office plan that is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  5. A declaration that the dredging is necessary for the proper management of the grant consistent with the public trust for commerce, navigation, and fisheries, or a statement of why the dredging is necessary for other purposes and a declaration that the dredging is consistent with the statutory trust grant.
  6. A statement with supporting documents that explains whether the trustee anticipates receiving any revenue from the materials to be dredged, and, if so, in what amounts.

Written notification can be submitted through the following options:

  • By email: michaela.moser@slc.ca.gov
  • U.S. Postal Mail:
    California State Lands Commission
    Attn: Granted Lands
    100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100 South
    Sacramento CA 95825

AB 691 – Proactively Planning for Sea-Level Rise Impacts

AB 691 (Muratsuchi) Chapter 592, Statutes of 2013, involves sea-level rise and granted public trust lands. Assessing the impacts of sea-level rise on these lands is a management priority for grantees.

Read more about AB 691 assessments and learn about local sea-level rise planning efforts.


Program Manager
Reid Boggiano

Dredging Notices & Financial Reports
Michaela Moser