Local Coastal Program

Community Development Agency

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse

The California Legislature enacted the Coastal Act in 1976, creating a mandate for coastal counties to manage the conservation and development of coastal resources through a comprehensive planning and regulatory program called the Local Coastal Program (LCP).

The Local Coastal Program (LCP) is a planning document that identifies the location, type, densities, and other ground rules for future development in the coastal zone. Each LCP includes a land use plan and its implementing measures. These programs govern decisions that determine the short and long term conservation and use of coastal land, water, and other resources.

CDA organized an LCP photo contest of Marin's coastal areas for residents and visitors.  You can view the submissions by visiting our photo gallery.

News and Announcements

Updated Local Coastal Program Now In Effect

On July 13, 2021, the Board of Supervisors, after a public hearing, unanimously adopted a Resolution that placed the entire updated portions of the County's Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendments into effect August 12, 2021. These updates have recently completed the certification process by the California Coastal Commission and include the full LCP less the environmental hazards policies that are currently in the process of public input and comment by stakeholders, to be followed by community workshops and hearings in the fall, with adoption by the Board by the end of the year.

The new components of Marin's LCP, including many new and improved policies and code provisions designed to protect natural resources, preserve agricultural uses and clarify permit processes among other benefits.

Reflecting the Organization of Marin’s Countywide Plan, the update Land Use Policies are grouped in three sections: Natural Systems and Agriculture, the Built Environment, and Socioeconomic policies. Within these are the following chapters:

Natural Systems and Agriculture

Built Environment


In addition, the Implementation Plan carries out these policies, including procedures and standards for development permitting.

The newly activated Land Use and Implementation Plans can be accessed through the links below or the Activated Certified Update of the LCP (7/13/21) panel in the Plans and Documents page.

Marin County 2019 Land Use Plan (not including Environmental Hazards)
Marin County 2019 Implementation Plan (not including Environmental Hazards)

The current, certified Environmental Hazards sections remain in effect, and can be accessed here:

Marin 2004 Land Use Plan, Unit I (Environmental Hazards only)
Marin 2004 Land Use Plan, Unit II (Environmental Hazards only)
Title 22I, Section 22.56.130I (Subsections H, K, and L)

February 6, 2019: The California Coastal Commission, after a public hearing certified Marin County's update of the main parts of the County LCP’s Implementation Plan (except for the coastal hazards and coastal permit procedures); one minor change to the LCP’s Land Use Plan Parks, Recreation and Visitor-Serving Uses Chapter; and a land use and zoning change for one parcel located on Inverness Ridge.

January 16, 2019:  The final Amendments 3 and 7 can be found here.

On December 11, 2018, the Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the entirety of the Local Coastal Program Amendments (except the previously deferred Hazards policies) and submitted the Amendments to the Coastal Commission for certification. While at its April 24 meeting the Board had accepted more than 200 modifications made to the County LCP Amendments by the Coastal Commission, it rejected 10 modifications dealing with agriculture, applying extremely low densities even in already developed commercial area, requiring additional costly studies for small wells, and placing new restrictions on homes in coastal villages.

The Board made limited modifications LCP Amendment #3 to address carbon sequestration and clarify the type of agricultural production activities and irrigation system improvements that would be considered part of ongoing agriculture. The Board also directed staff to explore protocols to reduce the cost and complexity of hydrologic studies required by new Development Code provisions. After close consultation with Coastal Commission staff, mutually acceptable revised language was presented and, after public hearing, adopted by the Board at its December 11 meeting. (see “Compiled Revisions” ). These amendments were submitted to the Coastal Commission on Christmas Eve for review and certification, possibly in early February 2019. In the meantime, Community Development Agency staff will be re-initiating work on remaining LCP Amendments related to Environmental Hazards.