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Individual Permit Forms

The basic form of authorization is the individual permit. Processing such permits involves evaluation of individual, project specific applications in what can be considered three steps: pre-application consultation (for larger projects), formal permit application review, and decision-making.

Pre-application consultation usually involves one or several meetings between an applicant, USACE staff, interested resource agencies (federal, state, or local), and sometimes the interested public. The basic purpose of such meetings is to provide for informal discussions about the pros and cons of a proposal relative to its effects on the aquatic environment while the applicant is still in the planning process. The process allows for a consideration of potentially less environmentally damaging alternatives available to accomplish the project purpose, to discuss measures for reducing the impacts of the project, and to inform the applicant of the factors the USACE must consider in its decision-making process.

Once a complete application is received, the formal review process begins. The project manager prepares a public notice (if required), evaluates the impacts of the project and considers all comments received, addresses potential modifications to the project if appropriate, and drafts or oversees drafting of appropriate documentation to support a recommended permit decision. The permit decision document includes a discussion of the environmental impacts of the project, the findings of the public interest review process, and any special evaluation required by the type of activity such as determinations of compliance with the Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines.


Nationwide Permit Forms

Nationwide permits (NWPs) are a type of general permit and represent DA authorizations that have been issued by the regulation (33 CFR Part 330) for certain specified activities nationwide. If certain conditions are met, the specified activities can take place without the need for an individual or regional permit.

A prospective permittee must satisfy all terms and general conditions of a NWP for a valid authorization to occur as well as any applicable Regional Condtiions listed below for Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Some conditions identify a "threshold" that, if met, requires additional procedures or provisions contained in other paragraphs in this section. It is important to remember that the NWPs only authorize activities from the perspective of the Corps regulatory authorities and that other Federal, state, and local permits, approvals, or authorizations may also be required. State 401 water quality certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, or waiver thereof, is required prior to the issuance or reissuance of NWPs authorizing activities which may result in a discharge into waters of the United States.

Nationwide Permits authorize a category of activities throughout the entire nation, and are valid only if the regional conditions (see below) applicable to the permits are met. If these conditions are not met, a regional or individual will be required.

2017 Nationwide Permit Information

Jurisdictional Determination Forms

Wetland Delineation Forms Any wetland delineations for permit applications or Jurisdictional Determinations submitted to the Corps should be completed using these forms for the applicable region.  Applications submitted using the 1987 form may be considered incomplete