Tools and resources for restoration project permitting

Find Pathways by Agency

Find efficient permitting options listed by the issuing agencies or authorities here.

Introduction to Permitting

New to restoration project permitting? Start with these tips for success.

Our Essential Guide

Download our PDF table of permits, agencies, eligibility, and benefits.

How to use this website

This site was designed to help restoration project proponents in California find and understand how to use efficient permitting pathways for their aquatic and riparian habitat restoration projects. Find your path:

This site also has information about regulatory agencies, permitting tips, and other resources:

The need to accelerate habitat restoration

In California there’s a critical need to restore degraded habitats, increase habitat connectivity, improve water quality, sequester carbon, and boost our resilience to climate change, for the benefit of both wildlife and people.

There is also significant new funding for habitat restoration from the state and federal government – all driving a potential increase in projects in the coming years.

Accelerated permitting pathways established in advance can simplify the process and reduce time and cost for both regulatory agencies and project proponents while ensuring essential environmental protections and design standards are in place.

Learn about accelerated permitting pathways

Meet the Accelerating Restoration team

Erika Lovejoy

Program Director

Stephanie Falzone

Senior Project Manager

Katie Haldeman

Project Director

In addition to helping to set up accelerated permitting pathways for habitat restoration, our team is dedicated to helping people understand which pathways they may be able to use for a project and to help with permitting strategy.

Need help?

If you’re planning a restoration project in California and need help getting started, we can provide free technical assistance.

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