Coastal Public Lands Management Act (Texas)

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Place Texas

Applies to States or Provinces Texas
Name Coastal Public Lands Management Act (Texas)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator School Land Board
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The coastal public lands of the state are managed in accordance with the following principles: (a) The natural resources of the surface land, including their aesthetic value and their ability to support and nurture all types of marine life and wildlife, shall be preserved. (b) Preference will be given to uses which the general public may enjoy and participate in over uses which are limited to fewer individuals. (c) The public interest in navigation in the intracoastal water shall be protected. (d) Unauthorized use of coastal public land shall be prevented. (e) Utilization and development of the surface of coastal public land is not allowed unless the public interest as expressed by this chapter is not significantly impaired by it. (f) Use of the surface estate in coastal public land shall not be granted except by leases and lesser interests and by exchanges of coastal public land for littoral property. (g) Vested rights in land shall be protected.

The School Lands Board is responsible for implementing, administering, and enforcing these policies, and, in cooperation with the Texas Land Commissioner, will develop a comprehensive coastal land management program to carry out these duties. As part of this program, permits are required for the construction or modification of most structures on coastal public lands.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Stephanie Crenshaw, Executive Assistant, Office of the Chief Clerk
Department Texas General Land Office
Division School Land Board
Address Stephen F. Austin Bldg Room 170
Address 2 1700 North Congress Avenue
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78701
Phone 512.936.1927
Phone 2 1.800.998.4GLO (4456)
Fax 512.463.5248


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tex. Nat. Res. Code 33
Date Effective 1973

Authority 2: Tex. Admin. Code 31-1.15

Authority 3: Tex. Admin. Code 31-1.16

Authority 4: Tex. Admin. Code 31-4.155A