Coastal-Use Permit Program
The Department of Natural Resource’s Local Coastal Programs Section provides technical assistance, guidance, and management to parishes in the development, approval, and implementation of local coastal programs (LCP). The 1978 Louisiana State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act, La. RS. 49:214.21 et seq, authorized the LDNR's Coastal Management program and the development, at the parish level, of local coastal management programs (LCPs).
Once an LCP has received federal and state approval, the parish becomes the permitting authority for coastal uses of local concern defined as "those uses which directly and significantly affect coastal waters and are in need of coastal management but are not uses of state concern and which should be regulated primarily at the local level if the local government has an approved program" (RS. 49:214.25.A.2).
“In Orleans parish, activities occurring in wetlands and water bodies outside the protective levee system require a coastal use permit. Activities in sites within identified transition areas require a coastal use permit if they are expected to have a direction and significant impact upon coastal waters. Activities (other than existing pumpage of water for draining purposes) which occur within fastlands but are expected to have direct and significant impacts on coastal waters require a coastal use permit.
Click here to apply for a coastal use permit from the LA Department of Natural Resources.