Laws & Regulations

  • Articles from the California Constitution
    The three key principles of the common law Public Trust Doctrine; the right to fish, the right to navigate, and the right to access public tidelands and submerged lands, have been enshrined in the California Constitution since 1879.
  • Civil & Government Code
    The Legislature has placed certain laws relating to the Commission’s authority and jurisdiction in the Civil Code and in the Government Code, including but not limited to retrocessions, cessions, and certain boundary and navigation determinations.
  • Current Regulations
    Under state law, the Commission is required to enact regulations to implement its statutory authority.
  • Granting Statutes for Public Trust Lands
    Statutes for each grant can be found on the specific grantee pages.
  • New & Proposed Regulations
    The Commission adopts and amends regulations to implement, interpret, or make specific the laws it administers. These rulemakings are consistent with the procedures in the Administrative Procedures Act (Government Code § 11340 et seq.).
  • Public Resources Code
    The primary location of the Commission’s statutory authority is in Divisions 6, 7, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8, and 36 of the Public Resources Code and Government Code.
  • Recently Enacted Legislation
    The Legislative Affairs Office provides the Commission with legislative strategies to advance the Commission’s management of public trust lands and resources.