The History of the Natural Community Conservation Planning Act

The NCCP program began under the State's Natural Community Conservation Planning Act of 1991 (PDF)(opens in new tab).

Guidelines were developed to supplement the NCCP Act, including the

Amendments were added to the Act in 1996 and 2000. It was then superseded by the NCCP Act of 2003 (PDF)(opens in new tab), which was subsequently amended in 2003, 2011 and 2012, the current version of the NCCP Act(opens in new tab).

Changes in NCCP Act of 2003

  • New definitions (including adaptive management and monitoring)
  • Additional guidance for the independent scientific input process
  • Interim project review process
  • Approval findings
  • Implementing agreement contents
  • Statutory assurances
  • Species coverage standards
  • Injunctive relief
  • Grounds for suspension or revocation of permits
  • Future optional regulations
  • Grandfathering of plans underway prior to the enactment of the new legislation

For details on the early history of the NCCP program, we recommend the following:

Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, CA 95605
Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090