Placer County Conservation PROGRAM


PCCP & CARP Policy Document, Application, and Other Related Documents

The Placer County Conservation Program (PCCP) is a County-proposed solution to coordinate and streamline the permitting process by allowing local entities to issue state and federal permits. The PCCP is a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) under the Federal Endangered Species Act and a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) under the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act. The PCCP  includes the County Aquatic Resources Program (CARP) to issue permits related to the Federal Clean Water Act and the California Fish and Game Code. The CARP component distinguishes the Plan as a nationally unique model of natural resource management. In this streamlined process, both costs and uncertainties are reduced substantially, thus ensuring a more efficient use of public dollars.

Furthermore, the  PCCP is a landscape-level plan so that each project is issued permits based on how it contributes to the County’s natural, social, and economic health now and in the future.

Program Area & Land Use

The PCCP covers approximately 201,000 acres of Western Placer County. Within the PCCP plan area, 50,000 to 60,000 acres within the available potential acquisition area would become part of a reserve system. This conservation reserve system would preserve many acres of vernal pool habitat (approximately 50% of the County’s remaining stock of these fragile, seasonal ecosystems). This acreage occurs in the unincorporated County and City of Lincoln areas.

The  PCCP is designed to ensure that land will be managed to continue to support the survival and well being of the covered species, as well as the survival of hundreds of other species that are dependent on the same habitat. By proactively addressing the long-term conservation and development needs of the County, the  PCCP will strengthen local control over land use and provides greater flexibility in meeting the County’s social and economic needs for the future.

PCCP Authorization Application

The following project types are subject to new fee and application requirements:

  • Valley: Building permits for improvements over 5,000 square feet on parcels greater than 20,000 square feet
  • Foothills: Building permits for improvements over 5,000 square feet on parcels greater than 20,000 square feet
  • Grading more than 25 cubic yards within a Stream System

See the "Does the PCCP apply to my project" in the column at the left for document for additional information.