Office of Coastal Management

For more information:
Jay Pecot

Applying for a Coastal Use Permit (CUP)

The Coastal Use Permit (CUP) process is part of the Louisiana Coastal Resources Program (LCRP), which is an effort among Louisiana citizens, as well as state, federal and local advisory and regulatory agencies to preserve, restore, and enhance Louisiana's valuable coastal resources. The purpose of the Coastal Use Permit process is to make certain that any activity affecting the Coastal Zone, such as a project that involves either dredging or filling, is performed in accordance with guidelines established in the LCRP. The guidelines are designed so that development in the Coastal Zone can be accomplished with the greatest benefit and the least amount of damage. We are, therefore, providing the following information concerning the steps involved in applying for a CUP. Submitting an application for a CUP does not imply that a CUP will be required; application is simply one step in following the Rules and Procedures for CUP's so that the Coastal Zone will be protected. 

Coastal Use Permit Database

Applications for Coastal Use Permits are required for projects that may impact coastal waters such as any project involving dredge or fill, water control structures, bulkheads, oil and gas facilities, marina or residential development.

Forms and Links

Joint Permit Application Online  

Blank Joint Use Permit Application Form Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format

The Joint Permit Application is now available in a "fillable" pdf format. You will need the free Adobe Reader to view, populate, and print the new form. Furthermore, if you have Adobe Acrobat, you can view, populate, print, and save any entered form data locally within the form.

Coastal User's Guide - Updated 2015
Sample plats of some typical activities
NDSI Notes to be added to permit plats
General Permits - General Permits identified and described.
FAQ Brochure
Application Checklist
Geologic Reviews
Mitigation Letters     
OCM Letter to Applicant - Applicant is Sole Landowner Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format  Microsoft Word (DOC) format
OCM Letter to Applicant - Applicant is Not Landowner Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format  Microsoft Word (DOC) format
Applicant Letter to Landowner Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format  Microsoft Word (DOC) format
       OCM Letter to Applicant - Applicant is Not Landowner < 1 acre impact Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format Microsoft Word (DOC) format
Mitigation Proposal Evaluation Factors (Appendix A)
OCM Approved Mitigation Banks (updated 9/2017)
Coastal Use Permit Transfer Request and Instructions   Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format  Microsoft Word (DOC) format
Regulations from the Louisiana Administrative Code  Microsoft Word (DOC) format
Needs, Alternatives, & Justification (NAJ) Guidelines
Hydrologic Modification Impact Analysis Guide (HMIA) updated February 27, 2015
Federal, State, and Local Regulations Regarding Seismic Activity in Louisiana's 19 Coastal Parishes
Information Required by Other Agencies
As-Built Plat Requirements


Presentations from the 2012 Interagency Regulatory Seminar
Office of Coastal Management - Coastal Use Permitting
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - Water Quality Certifications
Sections 10 and 404: National Marine Fisheries Service Oversight, Concerns and Actions 
Role of the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service in Wetland Regulatory Program
Office of Coastal Management's Compensatory Mitigation Program
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch and MVN MCM Overview