Environmental Permit Information Management System

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We are excited to announce a new user interface for EPIMS (PDF) (opens in new tab) coming September 16, 2024. The current EPIMS website will undergo a system upgrade and will be offline/unavailable September 11, 2024, and lasting through September 15, 2024. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to improve our system for your benefit.

On January 1, 2024, the LSA fee schedule will be updated pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1609 to reflect an 5.52% increase. All notifications and fees received on or after January 1, 2024, shall comply with §699.5. Fees for Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements (2024) (PDF)§699.5. Fees for Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements (2024) (PDF)

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 completed paper (i.e., PDF) California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) applications, amendment and extension requests for pre-EPIMS LSA agreements and ITPs, CESA Consistency Determination (CD) requests, Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act (HREA) documents, and SERP Concurrence requests. Applicants may include supplemental documentation (i.e., plans, diagrams, maps, photos, studies) and a copy of their Online License Sales and Services(opens in new tab) receipt if paid online.

Permitting and Document Repository Portal

Permitting Portal

The Permitting Portal is currently available to all LSA notification types excluding Master Agreements for Timber Operations.

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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Fees​

CDFW is not required to determine whether an LSA notification is complete or otherwise begin processing the notification until the correct CDFW regional office has received the notification and correct notification fee.

Pay by Credit Card

NOTE: If paying the LSA fee online, the credit card transaction will include a 5% handling fee that is not refundable.

Document Repository

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?