General Permit Application Information

Approval by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) is required for all proposed work or uses which encroach into rivers, waterways, and floodways, within and adjacent to federal and State authorized flood control projects, Regulated Streams (CCR Title 23, Division 1, Table 8.1) and within Designated Floodways (DF’s) that have been adopted by the Board. CVFPB Jurisdiction includes the levee section, the waterward area between project levees, a minimum 10-foot-wide strip adjacent to the landward levee toe, within 30 feet from the top of bank(s) of Regulated Streams, and inside CVFPB’s DF’s. Activities outside of these limits which could adversely affect the flood control project, as determined by CVFPB staff, are also under CVFPB’s Jurisdiction. Using the Best Available Map (BAM) viewer is the best way to identify these areas. Hardcopies of Designated Floodways can be viewed at CVFPB’s office in Sacramento, or at the appropriate county recorder’s office.

UPDATE: All encroachment permits received on or after July 1, 2019 are subject to fees. For more information about these fees, please visit the “FEES” tab.

Questions should be directed to CVFPB staff by e-mail at:, by
phone at (916) 574-0609, or by regular mail to:

Central Valley Flood Protection Board
Attention: Permitting Section
3310 El Camino Avenue, Suite 170
Sacramento, California 95821

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.