CA Pub Res Code Section 6707


The Legislature finds and declares that to promote and accommodate public trust uses, including commerce, navigation, and fisheries, proper management of granted public trust lands may require the local trustee to conduct dredging of navigational channels and vessel berths on granted lands, including on those granted lands in which the state reserves mineral interests, and that those dredging activities are consistent with the public trust.


A local trustee of tide and submerged lands or an applicant for dredging on granted tide and submerged lands that intends to commence dredging on granted public trust lands, upon which any right to minerals on those lands is reserved by the state, shall notify the commission, in writing, no later than 120 days prior to the time dredging is commenced. The notice shall contain all of the following information:


A description of the dredging to be conducted on those lands, including a map and land description showing the area and project site.


A description of the amount of material to be dredged, disposal amount, location, and means of disposal, if available.


The time and manner in which dredging is to occur.


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 United States Army Corps of Engineers.


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 to be undertaken for other purposes and a declaration that the dredging is consistent with the statutory grant.


A statement with supporting documents that explains whether the trustee anticipates receipt of any revenues from the materials to be dredged, and, if so, in what amounts.


After submission of the written notice required by this section, a local trustee or applicant for dredging may presume that a dredging lease is not required if all of the following conditions are met: (1)The dredging is maintenance dredging consistent with the proper management of the granted lands.


The dredged material is not sold or used for a private benefit.


The dredged material is disposed of at an approved onshore or offshore disposal site.


The commission may require a lease for any dredging on granted tide and submerged lands wherein the right to minerals is reserved to the state if the proposed dredging does not meet the conditions set forth in subdivision (c). The commission may delegate the authority to determine whether a lease is necessary to its executive officer. If the commission determines that a lease is required, the commission shall provide the grantee or applicant for dredging with written notification of that determination within 30 days after the commission receives notification of the proposed dredging. All applicable reimbursement costs shall be submitted with the application for a lease, if a lease is necessary.


This section shall apply only to dredging operations that are commenced on or after January 1, 2014.


This section does not exempt a local trustee of tide and submerged lands or other person or entity dredging on those lands from any permit or other approval necessary to carry out dredging operations that may be required by another local, state, or federal law.


(1)Any revenue that is earned by a local trustee from the dredging of granted lands shall be held or spent in a manner consistent with the trustee’s existing obligations under the public trust and the specific terms of its grant of lands.


If a local trustee receives any revenue from the dredged materials not otherwise disclosed in the notice required by this section, the local trustee shall immediately notify the commission in writing. The commission may require the grantee to pay a reasonable royalty and enter into a lease for the dredging. If a grantee fails to notify the commission, the commission may require the local trustee to remit all revenues to the state.


Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of the commission to enter into a lease, at its discretion, for dredging activity on granted tide and submerged lands wherein the right to minerals is reserved to the state.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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