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, Waters, 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.

All encroachment permits are subject to fees. For more information about these fees, please visit the “FEES” tab on the home page.

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