When should I apply for a Corps permit?
Since three to four months is normally required to process a routine application involving a public notice, you should apply as early as possible to be sure you have all required approvals before your planned beginning date. For a large or complex activity that may take longer, it is often helpful to have a "pre-application consultation" or informal meeting with the Corps during the early planning phase of your project. You may receive helpful information at this point, which could prevent delays later. When in doubt as to whether a permit may be required or what you need to do, don't hesitate to call a district regulatory office.
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 requires approval prior to the accomplishment of any work in, over or under navigable waters of the United States, or which affects the course, location, condition or capacity of such waters.
Typical activities requiring authorization under Section 10 include:
- Construction of piers, wharves, breakwaters, jetties, weirs, marinas, ramps, floats, intake structures, and cable or pipeline crossings.
- Work such as dredging or disposal of dredged material.
- Excavation, filling or other modifications to navigable waters of the U.S.
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires permit authorization to discharge dredged or fill material into the waters of the United States, including wetlands.
Typical activities requiring authorization under Section 404 include:
- Discharging fill or dredged material in waters of the United States, including wetlands.
- Site development fill for residential, commercial or recreational projects, including mechanized land clearing.
- Construction of breakwaters, levees, dams, dikes and weirs.
- Placement of riprap and road fills.