Can retaining walls be built in the creek channel?

Any improvement, including a retaining wall, within a creek channel or drainage easement requires approval from the Department of Fish and Game and a Drainage Easement Encroachment Permit from the Town. The State Department of Fish and Game prefers that creeks and streams should be preserved or restored to their natural state whenever possible. Generally, only improvements to stabilize a creek bank or repair a landslide into a creek are approved. Modifications to creek channels must comply with the Goals and Policies of the Open Space and Conservation Element of General Plan.

Show All Answers

1. How do I find out if my property has an easement?
2. Can I build within an easement on my property?
3. What is the process for a drainage easement encroachment permit?
4. How close can I build to the creek on my property?
5. Can retaining walls be built in the creek channel?
6. What can I do to reduce the erosion of the creek channel?
7. Whom do I contact about creek maintenance or creek dumping?