The Texas General Land Office provides free permitting assistance to all small businesses, private individuals and local government organizations located within the Texas Coastal Management Program and Joint Permit Application Form boundaries.
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Permit Service Center
Services and Benefits
Customers applying for an environmental permit for a facility or activity within the Texas Coastal Management and Joint Permit Application boundaries are eligible for permitting assistance. This service is optional and provided at no charge to customers new to the coastal permitting process or who would like the convenience and benefits of working with the Permit Service Center (PSC) staff. The goal of the PSC is to streamline the permitting process for our applicants.
- Provides direct access to regulatory agency staff members and offers project-specific technical assistance during the pre-application phase.
- Provides access to basic technical guidance for frequently sought-after permits within the coastal boundary.
- Monitors permit applications and reporting administrative status within various agencies.
- Identifies interagency disagreements that hinder permit issuance.
- Facilitates conflict resolution between permitting agencies and applicants.
- A Guide to Living Shorelines in Texas – A comprehensive guide to the design, permitting and installation of a living shoreline project along the Texas coast. This guide includes proven and practical techniques and inspiration to restore and protect your piece of Texas.
2020 Workshop Materials
- Living Shoreline Site Suitability Model – An overview of the Living Shoreline Suitability Model created by Harte Research Institute
- Visual Site Assessment and Living Shoreline Options – A how-to for the visual site assessment of a shoreline and an overview of the living shoreline project options
- Coastal Boundary Survey – Learn why a coastal boundary survey is necessary for living shoreline projects and where to find a certified surveyor
- Permitting – An overview of the Texas permitting process and who to contact for assistance
- Plantings – A discussion of possible plants for living shoreline projects and their preferred type of environment
- Hurricanes and Living Shorelines Case Studies – See two living shoreline examples that sustained a direct pass by Hurricane Harvey
- Galveston Bay Foundation Case Study – A walkthrough of the design, permitting, and installation process of a living shoreline on a private landowner’s shoreline
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Case Study – Learn best practices for how to monitor the installation of a living shoreline on your property
- 2020 Living Shoreline Virtual Workshop – Listen to a recording of the 2020 Living Shoreline Virtual Workshop that includes all presentations
2019 Workshop Materials
- Living Shoreline 101 – An introduction to living shoreline uses, types and installation methodology
- Coastal Bend Bay and Estuary Program Presentation– A presentation by the Coastal Bend Bay and Estuary Program on living shoreline cases studies in the Corpus Christi area
- Galveston Bay Foundation Presentation – A presentation by the Galveston Bay Foundation on living shoreline cases studies in the Galveston area
- Matagorda Bay Foundation Presentation – A presentation by the Matagorda Bay Foundation on living shoreline cases studies in the Victoria area
- Living Shoreline Resource Catalogs – An overview of resources available on living shorelines
- Permitting and Funding Issues in Texas – An overview of the living shoreline permitting process in Texas and options for project funding
- Residential Application Packet - Permit Service Center Residential Application
- CMP Consistency Statement - Upper Coast (Galveston)
- CMP Consistency Statement - Lower Coast (Corpus Christi)
- Corp of Engineers Form 4345 (PDF)
- Dept. of the Army Permit Instructions
- Map Preparation Guidelines
- General Land Office Commercial Application
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - Tier 1 Information
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - Tier 2 Information
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Species Introduction Permit
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Sand / Gravel Permit
Questions or Need More Information?
The Permit Service Center (PSC) is a free service to assist applicants with the permitting process. This service is optional and provided at no charge to customers new to the coastal permitting process or who would like the convenience and benefits of working with the Permit Service Center (PSC) staff. The goal of the PSC is to streamline the permitting process for our applicants.
- Corpus Christi PSC
602 N. Staples St., Suite 240
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
- Galveston PSC
Texas A&M University Galveston Campus
1001 Texas Clipper Road, Building 3026, Room 912
Galveston, Texas 77553
866-894-7664 (toll free)