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TITLE 7. PLANNING AND LAND USE [65000 - 66499.58]

  ( Heading of Title 7 amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1536. )


  ( Heading of Division 1 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1536. )

CHAPTER 4.5. Review and Approval of Development Projects [65920 - 65964.1]

  ( Chapter 4.5 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1200. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [65920 - 65923.8]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1200. )


(a) This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Permit Streamlining Act.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to all public agencies to the extent specified in this chapter, except that the time limits specified in Division 2 (commencing with Section 66410) of Title 7 shall not be extended by operation of this chapter.

(c) Any action brought in the superior court relating to this chapter may be subject to a mediation proceeding conducted pursuant to Chapter 9.3 (commencing with Section 66030).

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 699, Sec. 22. (SB 894) Effective January 1, 2011.)


The Legislature finds and declares that there is a statewide need to ensure clear understanding of the specific requirements which must be met in connection with the approval of development projects and to expedite decisions on such projects. Consequently, the provisions of this chapter shall be applicable to all public agencies, including charter cities.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1200.)


The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following:

(a) Activities of the State Energy Resources Development and Conservation Commission established pursuant to Division 15 (commencing with Section 25000) of the Public Resources Code.

(b) Administrative appeals within a state or local agency or to a state or local agency.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 87, Sec. 2. Effective March 1, 1982.)


During a year declared by the State Water Resources Control Board or the Department of Water Resources to be a critically dry year, or during a drought emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2, the time limits established by this chapter shall not apply to applications to appropriate water pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 1200) of Division 2 of, to petitions for change pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 1700) of Part 2 of Division 2 of, or to petitions for certification pursuant to Section 13160 of, the Water Code for projects involving the diversion or use of water.

(Added by Stats. 1991, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 12, Sec. 1. Effective October 9, 1991.)


Any state agency which is the lead agency for a development project shall inform the applicant for a permit that the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has been created to assist, and provide information to, developers relating to the permit approval process.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 78, Sec. 4. (AB 2605) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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