Leases & Permits

Online System for Customer Applications and Records (OSCAR)

The Commission has launched a new online system that allows the public to access, submit, and track lease and permit applications. It’s called the “Online System for Customer Applications and Records (OSCAR),” and it went live a few weeks ago. It provides the Commission with new automation capabilities that enable it to accept and process applications and jurisdictional inquiries electronically. For users, online applications are tailored to fit the specific project or use being requested, and they can check on the status of an application at any time. With this new technology, the Commission can preserve and make available to the public vital historical records that provide insight into the lands managed by the Commission and the history of California. Initially, the Commission is putting 20,000 historical maps online with more to be added as they are digitized. Below is a brief video that explains how to use OSCAR.

Note: For paper copies of applications, please contact the appropriate division listed on this page.

Training Videos


Surface & Submerged Lands Lease 
Land Management Division
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825

Mineral Lease and Geologic & Geophysical Survey Applications
Mineral Resources Management Division
301 East Ocean Boulevard, Suite 550
Long Beach, CA 90802

Rent / Benchmarks

Commission lease terms may run from several months to 49 years. Rent is generally based upon a percent of the land value or an established benchmark appraisal. Below are the benchmarks we use to establish uniform rental rates:

Proposed Benchmarks