Permit Assistance


GO-Biz recognizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
7/11/2014 10:34:00 AM

GO-Biz recognizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for their continuing work to modernize their regulatory permitting responsibilities.  Following are some case studies of work being done by the department that will improve the business climate in California. 

  • CDFW has developed and implemented an online California Natural Diversity Data Base that allows users to determine the known locations and condition of rare and listed species.  The database includes mapping and reporting capabilities and will allow project proponents to acquire information on rare species early in their planning process.
  • CDFW online license service for hunting and fishing were first made available three years ago. The system is functioning smoothly and has made obtaining the necessary licenses much more efficient.  The online portal retains previously submitted information so that application renewal processes can be auto-populated in subsequent years. The system also serves as a database to easily query information about license holders when needed.

Here is a look at what else is underway:

  • Scientific collecting permits (SCP): An SCP permit is required to take, collect, capture, mark, or salvage any mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, birds, their nests and eggs. Such activities are permitted only for scientific, educational, and non-commercial propagation purposes. The process to grant SCPs has taken up to a year to complete. An electronic system to issue permits and collect fees is under construction. 
  • Commercial Marine Data Reporting: In order to effectively manage California's fisheries resources, CDFW must know the commercial catch.  The current system is paper based and there is a significant delay before data is transmitted, received, and entered into an internal database.  With such delays, the department may close seasons before the actual catch exceeds the targeted level in order to avoid over-fishing, which creates substantial frustration within the fishing industry.  CDFW is developing an electronic reporting system to close this time lag. 
  • Timber Harvest Plan (THP) Review:  In order to log on private or corporate-owned land, a registered professional forester must prepare a document which outlines the proposed logging operations, known as the Timber Harvest Plan (THP). CAL FIRE, the Department of Conservation, the State Water Resources Control Board and CDFW all must review and signoff on timber harvest plans.  In a collaborative effort to speed up review time and share information, the departments are working to implement a data management system and develop an online form intended to eliminate duplicative reporting.

“Our department is committed to modernizing,” said Tom Lupo, CDFW’s Deputy Director of the Data and Technology Division. “Utilizing new technologies benefits our clients, or permittees, our own employees, the public and the state’s fish and wildlife. Everyone wins.”

GO-Biz appreciates the accomplishments of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. CDFW’s hard work and determination to bring modern technology into their operations helps improve the regulatory climate of California.               

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