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State Programmatic General Permits

A State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP) is a type of permit that is administered by a state agency and designed to eliminate duplication of effort between Corps districts and states, as well as to make the permitting process more efficient with flexibility as to the geographic region covered and whether nationwide permits are revoked.

Because SPGPs are designed to continue to authorize certain activities previously covered by the Nationwide Permit (NWP) program, the Corps of Engineers has suspended many of the NWPs which are applicable to activities qualifying for SPGP authorization. The Corps' Regulatory process is streamlined and eliminates redundancy through joint administration and integration with state processes.

If a SPGP becomes void, enjoined, revoked, or removed from effect for any reason, the Corps will consider reissuance of some or all of the suspended NWPs.

State Programmatic General Permits (SPGPs) are issued by the District Engineer for a general category of activities when the following conditions are met:

  • The activities are similar in nature and cause minimal environmental impact (both individually and cumulatively), and
  • The regional permit reduces duplication of regulatory control by state and Federal agencies. 

PASPGP-4

Section 404(e) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 United States Code [U.S.C.] Section [§] 1344) allows for the issuance of general permits on a statewide basis, which operate in conjunction with a State regulatory program that protects the aquatic environment in a manner equivalent to the Department of the Army regulatory program, provided that the activities permitted under each category of such general permits are similar in nature and result in no more than minimal individual or cumulative adverse effects on the aquatic environment. This Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit # 4 (PASPGP-4) is issued pursuant to Section 404(e) and is based on and consistent with the requirements of the CWA 404(b)(1) Guidelines.

PASPGP-4 Documents

    Permit Documents

  • Public Notice announcing the issuance of the Pennsylvania State Progrmamatic General Permit 4 for a period of five years, effective July 1, 2011.

NJ SPGP

New Jersey SPGP 17

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

 This general permit authorizes the construction of structures; performance of work and the discharge of dredged and fill material in substantially developed artificial tidal lagoons and their access channel. The terms "structure" and "work" are defined in Federal regulations contained in 33 CFR 322.2[b] & [c]. The terms “discharge of dredged material”, “fill material” and “discharge of fill material” are defined in Federal regulations contained in 33 CFR 323.2[d], [e] & [f]. “Substantially developed” artificial tidal lagoons are those where the surrounding lands are uplands and do not support wetlands other than a narrow band of fringe wetlands along the waterline. Lagoons are defined as artificially created linear waterways sometimes branched, ending in a dead end with no significant upland drainage. A natural waterway, which is altered by activities including, but not limited to, filling, channelizing, or bulkheading shall not be considered a lagoon. A bulkheaded boat slip shall not be considered a lagoon.

PROJECT LOCATION:

This general permit is applicable to Waters of the United States in the State of New Jersey located in substantially developed artificial tidal lagoons and their access channel within the geographic boundaries of both the Philadelphia District and the New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

New Jersey SPGP 19 - Public Notice announcing issuance of NJSPGP 19

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Construction of proposed and maintenance of existing non-commercial piers, docks, gangway/ramps, stairs/ladders, mooring piles, boat lifts, breakwaters, the replacement of existing serviceable bulkheads and minor maintenance dredging of mooring slips. This general permit also authorizes the discharge of fill material between existing and proposed bulkheads as well as legalization of previously existing structures provided the structures meet all terms and conditions of this permit.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Navigable waters of the United States in the State of New Jersey. This general permit is applicable to navigable waters located within the geographic boundaries of both the Philadelphia District and the New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Delaware SPGP

Delaware SPGP 18 - Public Notice announcing issuance of DESPGP 18

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This general permit authorizes the construction of structures, performance of work, and the discharge of dredged and fill material in substantially developed artificial tidal lagoons, and their access channels.  The terms "structure" and "work" are defined in Federal regulations contained in 33 CFR 322.2(b) & (c).  The terms "discharge of dredged material," "fill material," and "discharge of fill material" are defined in Federal regulations contained in 33 CFR 323.2(d), (e), and (f).  "Substantially developed" artificial tidal lagoons are those artificial tidal lagoosn at which the surrounding lands are uplands and do not support wetlands other than a narrow band of fringe wetlands along the waterline. Lagoons are defined as artificially created linear waterways, sometimes branched, terminating in a dead end with no significant upland drainage.  A natural waterway, which is altered by activities including, but not limited to, filling, channelizing, or bulkheading shall not be considered a lagoon.  A bulkheaded boat slip shall not be considrered a lagoon. 

PROJECT LOCATION: 

This general permit is applicable to navigable waters of the United States located in substantially developed artificial tidal lagoons and their access channels within the geographic boundaries of the State of Delaware. 

Delaware SPGP 20 - Public Notice announcing issuance of revised DE SPGP 20(August 2010)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Construction of new and the maintenance of existing non-commercial piers, docks, gangway/ramps, stairs/ladders, mooring piles, boat lifts, modular floating platforms for jet skis and larger vessels, breakwaters, and the replacement of existing serviceable bulkheads 

PROJECT LOCATION: 

This general permit is applicable to navigable waters of the United States located within the State of Delaware except as noted in the terms of authorization.