Leases & Permits

Online System for Customer Applications and Records (OSCAR)

The Commission has launched a new online system that allows the public to access, submit, and track lease and permit applications. It’s called the “Online System for Customer Applications and Records (OSCAR),” and it went live in July 2019. It provides the Commission with new automation capabilities that enable it to accept and process applications and jurisdictional inquiries electronically. For users, online applications are tailored to fit the specific project or use being requested, and they can check on the status of an application at any time. With this new technology, the Commission can preserve and make available to the public vital historical records that provide insight into the lands managed by the Commission and the history of California. Initially, the Commission is putting 20,000 historical maps online with more to be added as they are digitized. Below is a brief video that explains how to use OSCAR.

Training videos available on YouTube

Partnership Agencies

As part of the leasing process, lease applicants or project proponents may be required to obtain permits from national, state or local agencies having jurisdiction over the project. Below is a list of other regulatory agencies:

Rent / Benchmarks

Commission lease terms may run from several months to 49 years. Rent is generally based upon a percent of the land value or an established benchmark appraisal. Below are the benchmarks we use to establish uniform rental rates:

Proposed Benchmarks

Submit Paper Applications

Download the Application for Use of State Lands here.

Paper applications may be submitted to:
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento CA 95825

Pay by Credit Card

A credit card can be used to pay your bill by calling our Accounting Unit at 916.562.0026


Surface & Submerged Lands Lease 
Land Management Division
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825

Mineral Lease and Geologic & Geophysical Survey Applications
Mineral Resources Management Division
301 East Ocean Boulevard, Suite 550
Long Beach, CA 90802