Permitting, Forms, and Compliance

Focused on public safety and environmental protection, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) administers regulations and procedures pertaining to all oil and gas wells on public and private land and offshore within three nautical miles of the California coastline. Operators must obtain permits for a variety of activities, including drilling, reworking, and permanently sealing and closing–also known as plugging and abandoning–wells. Production wells, and injection wells for enhanced recovery, disposal, and natural gas storage are some kinds of wells. 

(Geothermal Well Permitting, Requirements, and Forms)

Oil and Gas Requirements and Forms

Well Permit Information

Other Operational Requirements

Well Maintenance Reporting


Related Information


Other Information


Questions? Please contact the appropriate DOGGR district office.


California laws and DOGGR regulations aim to prevent harm to people and the environment. To fulfill that, many of the regulations have been or are being updated and expanded to strengthen operational safety. Additionally, there are Memoranda of Understanding/Agreements between DOGGR and various state and local agencies to define each entity’s authority and responsibility with the respect to the laws, regulations, and DOGGR programs.

NEW (2019) Requirements for Idle Well Testing and Management
NEW (2019) Requirements for Underground Injection Control
(2018) Requirements for Underground Gas Storage Projects
(2018) Requirements for Oil and Gas Pipelines
Statutes and Regulations
Active Rulemaking
Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement (MOUs/MOAs)