Critical Areas Determination Report
The county's Critical Areas Determination (CAD) report is not a permit. It's an on-property, in-person inspection of a property. A biological expert inspects the entire parcel or property to see if regulated critical and/or environmental areas are on it. They then prepare a report detailing the location, type and size of the areas. These reports are used to help permit applicants plan their project to avoid putting buildings and development in or near these areas or their buffers, and to help identify which land-use regulations apply to the project.
When to apply for a CAD and how long it takes
- The CAD report is a good option for people who are trying to find out if the critical and/or environmental areas on a property may affect future building or development plans. Apply anytime.
- It's also helpful if you want the county to review your expert reports and provide a county determination about the critical areas on your property. Apply after you get your environmental reports back from your consultants. Submit your reports with a completed CAD application.
- If you know your property has critical or regulated environmental areas, or you found these areas mapped on your property when looking at county maps, it's best to hire environmental experts to prepare environmental and critical area reports. You'll need these expert reports to help you site and design your project, complete forms, etc.
How to Apply
Go to the Applications & Forms page and look for Critical Area Determination (CAD) at the top of the page. There you'll find the forms and instructions. You'll need a Site Plan in addition to the forms, but instructions are on the forms.