Resource Regulatory Compliance & Permitting

The regulatory permitting process associated with addressing impacts to protected biological resources can be complex. Construction and other development activities may require permits because of potential impacts to listed species, nesting birds, and jurisdictional drainages and wetlands, or by location within sensitive planning areas such as the Coastal Zone or Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs).

Sage Institute biologists and permitting specialists comprehensively guide our clients through the biological permitting process.  We work closely with our clients to determine the most effective permitting approach, and discuss possible project design alternatives to achieve the regulatory requirements, always being mindful of cost and timing considerations.  Our excellent working relationship with the various resource agencies helps break down communication barriers that might otherwise lengthen the permitting process, if left to less experienced hands.  Through the process, we will identify those specific permits and approvals necessary, complete the applications, negotiate conditions concerning biological issues.  If the project is approved, we will plan and implement the final permit requirements, including environmental and biological construction monitoring.  Some of the key permits or approvals we assist with include the following:

  • Army Corps CWA Section 404 Individual & Nationwide Permits
  • Federal Endangered Species Act Section 10 HCP & Section 7 Formal Consultation
  • California Section 2081 Endangered Species Act Permits
  • CDFG Streambed Alteration Agreements
  • RWQCB CWA Section 401 Water Quality Certification
  • California Coastal Act Coastal Development Permits and LCP Compliance
  • Environmental & Biological Construction Monitoring
  • Mitigation & Restoration Planning, Design, Implementation & Monitoring
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)