Agency or authority
What this permitting pathway covers
- The purpose of the Statewide Restoration General Order (SRGO) is to provide authorization for eligible restoration projects that do not qualify for coverage under the General Order for Small Habitat Restoration Projects (projects greater than 5 acres or 500 cumulative linear feet).
- Projects are authorized by the Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) where the project will occur, but if the project is under the jurisdiction of more than one Regional Board, the request will be submitted to the State Water Board.
- When enrolling under the SRGO, various CEQA compliance pathways can be used, including the Programmatic EIR for State Water Resources Control Board Restoration Projects Statewide Order (SRGO PEIR), the CEQA Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP), administered by CDFW, or a project-specific CEQA document.
- The Statewide Restoration General Order (SRGO) provides a more efficient process with greater regulatory certainty for Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification for projects that require authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under CWA Section 404 and Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (RHA) Section 10 and Section 14 (33 USC 408, known as “Section 408”). This could include Army Corps Nationwide Permits, Regional General Permits, Individual permits, or Section 10 permits, as long as the project qualifies under the terms of the SRGO.
- The SRGO also provides Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) pursuant to the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (California Water Code §1300 et seq.). The SRGO covers projects that may directly or indirectly discharge to “waters of the state,” including “waters of the U.S.”
- Protection measures were coordinated with USFWS, NMFS, and CDFW for consistency with their restoration permitting efforts.
- The purpose of the SRGO is to provide authorization for eligible restoration projects that do not qualify for coverage under the General Order for Small Habitat Restoration Projects.
- Projects involving state-only jurisdictional waters (discharging to waters of the state but not waters of the U.S.) would need to use the SRGO instead of the General Order for Small Habitat Restoration Projects.
Statewide, for projects that may directly or indirectly discharge to "waters of the state," including "waters of the U.S."
- Complete Order with attachments
- Order - Main Body
- Attachment A – Order Description and Eligibility
- Attachment B – Notice of Intent (pdf only; non-fillable)
- Attachment C – CEQA Findings of Fact
- Attachment D – Reporting and Notification Requirements
- Attachment E – Signatory Requirements
- Attachment F – Order Deviation Procedures
How to apply
Read the overview of steps that occur before a restoration project is permitted under the Order at the beginning of Attachment B, Notice of Intent Form.
Pre-application consultation: Project proponents shall request a pre-application consultation as soon as the project concept is developed, or at least 30-days prior to submitting the NOI. Use the Staff Directory to locate contact information for your Water Board.
Submit a completed NOI and application fee: After the pre-application consultation step and earlier steps in the process have been completed, apply for enrollment under the SRGO using one of the Notice of Intent (NOI) forms linked below. The NOI must be electronically submitted to the approving Water Board, including an electronic carbon copy (cc) to the State Water Board at:
May be used with:
- CEQA Programmatic EIR for the State Water Resources Control Board Statewide Restoration General Order (SRGO PEIR)
- CEQA Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP) – CDFW
- CDFW Restoration Management Permit (RMP)
- USFWS Statewide Restoration Programmatic Biological Opinion (PBO)
- North Coast NMFS Programmatic Biological Opinion (PBO)
- Central Coast NMFS Programmatic Biological Opinion (PBO)
- Central Valley NMFS Programmatic Biological Opinion (PBO)
- USACE Nationwide Permit 27 – Aquatic Habitat Restoration
- USACE Nationwide Permit 54 – Living Shorelines
- USACE Nationwide Permit 33 – Temporary Construction, Access, and Dewatering