Office of Coastal Management

About OCM

What is the Louisiana Coastal Zone?

Under authority of the Louisiana State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act of 1978, as amended (Act 361, La. R.S. 49:214.21 et seq), the Office of Coastal Management of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is charged with implementing the Louisiana Coastal Resources Program (LCRP). The law seeks to encourage multiple uses of resources and adequate economic growth while minimizing adverse impacts of one resource use upon another without imposing undue restrictions on any user. In order to successfully accomplish this, a balance must be struck between conservation and resources.

The Office of Coastal Management regulates development activities and manages the resources of the Coastal Zone, especially those which have a direct and significant impact on coastal waters.  The office is comprised of two closely related divisions: the Permits/Mitigation Division and the Interagency Affairs & Field Services Division. It is the function of Office of Coastal Management, through its staff, to maintain, protect, develop, and restore or enhance the invaluable coastal region of the state of Louisiana.

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