3560 State Lands Commission
Program Descriptions


The State Lands Commission oversees efficient and safe development of mineral resources that are located on state lands. The State also has a beneficial interest in the Long Beach tidelands oils fields, and as such, the Commission participates in the safety and fiscal oversight of these fields. The program objectives are to: manage the responsible extraction of oil, gas, geothermal resources and other minerals; collect revenues generated consistent with the best interests of the state, and ensure that public safety and environmental protection are maintained at the highest possible standards in the development of these resources through engineering review, marine facility inspections, and safety audits. The Commission also adopts regulations for the prevention of oil spills, the safe operation of offshore facilities and program and financial audits to ensure the state receives fair value for the development of its resources.


The State Lands Commission manages all ungranted state sovereign lands consistent with the common law public trust doctrine and prudent land use and management practices. The Commission issues leases and permits for the use and occupation of public trust lands under its jurisdiction based upon environmental, economic, health, safety and public benefit considerations. The program also manages all state school lands to ensure the greatest economic return to the State Teachers' Retirement System. The Commission also oversees the administration of public trust lands legislatively granted to local jurisdictions to manage on behalf of the State, including the major ports in the State.


The State Lands Commission adopts rules, regulations, and guidelines for marine oil terminals within California, providing the best achievable protection of the public health and safety and the environment. The Commission's Marine Facilities Management Program monitors the offloading of oil at marine terminals, inspects all marine facilities and reviews and approves all marine oil terminal Operations Manuals. The Program also administers Chapter 31F of the California Building Code to ensure that marine oil terminals are fit for purpose. In addition, the Marine Facilities Management Program implements the State's Marine Invasive Species Program to prevent the introduction of non-indigenous species into California waters through ship-transmitted vectors. The program conducts scientific research, develops rules and regulations to implement the Marine Invasive Species Act, and physically inspects oceangoing vessels to ensure compliance.


The Executive and Administration program provides management, policy direction and administrative support to the line programs of the Commission.