The Permit Compliance Program (PCP)
As a result of offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental
Shelf (OCS) and
in State Of California Tidelands, several large onshore oil and
gas development projects were proposed for construction in Santa
Barbara County in the mid 1980s.
Due to the complexity of the projects, environmental review identified
hundreds of environmental impacts and mitigation measures that were
incorporated into the permits as complex conditions and environmental
protection programs. Each project is subject to a half dozen or
more County permits, including a Final Development Plan, Conditional
Use permit, Coastal Development Permit, Rezone, Grading permit,
Electrical Permit, APCD Authority to Construct and Authority to
Operate, and Fire Department and Environmental Health Services permits.
In order to implement these programs and to provide interdepartmental
coordination across numerous projects and the hundreds of permit
conditions, Santa Barbara County approved a new Permit Compliance
Program (PCP) in September 1986.
The PCP provides a regular forum for County departments to discuss
permit compliance status of all oil and gas projects. The goals
of the PCP are to ensure that approved developments occur as approved,
to maintain comprehensive monitoring and enforcement procedures
that are efficient for the County, community, agencies and developers,
to prevent potential violations or non-compliance with project approvals
and permits, to discover and resolve violations at the earliest
opportunity, and to ensure the adequacy of the permit conditions.