Environmental Permit Information Management System

Welcome to the Environmental Permit Information Management System (EPIMS). EPIMS is a user account and password protected computer system developed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for environmental review and permitting projects. EPIMS contains a Permitting Portal and a Document Repository to facilitate electronic submittal of CDFW environmental permit applications.

Permitting Portal – Enables applicants to complete a Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) notification and submit online. Notifications submitted through the portal allows for a paperless permit process by facilitating uploads of supplemental documentation (i.e., plans, diagrams, maps, photos, studies), calculation of permit fees, electronic signatures, email alerts, and applicant tracking of permit progress. Only agreements issued through EPIMS Permitting Portal can request Amendments or Extension through Permitting Portal.

Document Repository – Enables applicants to submit a completed paper (i.e., PDF) LSA notification, Amendment and Extension requests for non-permitting portal notification, California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) application, CESA Consistency Determination (CD) request, Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act (HREA), and SERP Concurrence request and upload the completed documents for electronic submittal. Applicants may include supplemental documentation (i.e., plans, diagrams, maps, photos, studies) and a copy of their Online License Sales and Services receipt if paid online.

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The Permitting Portal is currently available to all LSA notification types excluding Master Agreement. Master Agreements must continue to notify by paper or upload completed application (i.e., PDF) through the Document Repository.

LSA notifications that must be submitted using Permitting Portal:

LSA Notifications that may be submitted using Permitting Portal:

CDFW encourages applicants to submit all fee payments through Online License Sales and Service.

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The Document Repository allows electronic submittal of the following Portable Document Format (PDF) forms:

  • Amendments and Extension requests for hard copy/ “paper” LSA agreements that were not issued using EPIMS
  • CESA ITP, CD, and SERP Concurrence request applications
  • HREA requests

CDFW accepts electronic signatures on applications, notifications, agreements, permits, authorizations, and other documents. Acceptable forms of electronic signature include:

  • Digital signature software that complies with Government Code section 16.5. (e.g., DocuSign for any document).
  • Scanned copies of original wet signature documents of (e.g., PDF format). Original documents must available upon request.

CDFW encourages applicants to submit all fee payments through Online License Sales and Service

Have questions about EPIMS or need HELP?