Application Process

The general process for applying for and utilizing permit coverage under the Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP) is summarized:

  • Determine whether your project or activity is considered a Covered Activity of the HCP/NCCP and whether take coverage is needed. 
  • Project proponent applies for take coverage from the applicable city or County using the HCP/NCCP Application Form and Planning Survey Report
  • City or County reviews application for completeness and verifies required fees
  • City or County conditions project with applicable requirements of HCP/NCCP
  • Project proponent pays fees before or at grading permit (at first construction permit if no grading permit)
  • Project Proponent has a CDFW and USFWS approved biologist conduct any required pre-construction monitoring, construction monitoring and avoidance measures

PowerPoint Overview of the Application Process (PDF) (note: fees detailed in PDF are from Plan Adoption and are not up to date)

Please consult directly with the applicable land use agency for specific procedures.