Nationwide permits (NWPs) are a type of general permit that have been issued by the regulation (33 CFR Part 330) for certain specified activities nationwide. NWPs have been established to reduce the regulatory reporting burden for specific activities that have no more than minimal impacts to the aquatic environment. If certain conditions are met, the specified activities can take place without the need for review under an existing regional or individual permit.
An application should be submitted to the Corps of Engineers for any proposed activity that requires a pre-construction notification (PCN), and for any proposed action for which the applicant wants a letter of verification that they are in compliance with the Nationwide Permit. It is important to note that while certain NWPs have not been conditioned at the National level requiring a PCN, a prospective permittee must still satisfy all terms and general conditions of the NWPs, including any applicable Regional Conditions listed below for Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for a valid authorization. The prospective permittee should carefully review the terms of the individual NWP authorization, each of the NWP general conditions, specifically NWP general conditions 16, 18, 20, 22, 31 and 32, and the regional conditions to identify those circumstances where a PCN is required.
2021 Nationwide Permit Information
2017 Nationwide Permit Information