Regulatory Program

Fast Facts

The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources and navigation capacity, while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced decisions. USACE evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation's waters, including wetlands.

Permitting Process

Corps permits are necessary for any work, including construction and dredging, in the Nation's navigable waters. The Corps balances the reasonably foreseeable benefits and detriments of proposed projects, and makes permit decisions that recognize the essential values of the Nation's aquatic ecosystems to the general public, as well as the property rights of private citizens who want to use their land.

During the permit process, the Corps considers the views of other Federal, state and local agencies, interest groups, and the general public. The results of this careful public interest review are fair, equitable decisions that allow reasonable use of private property, infrastructure development, and growth of the economy, while offsetting the authorized impacts to the waters of the U.S.

The adverse impacts to the aquatic environment are offset by mitigation requirements, which may include restoring, enhancing, creating and preserving aquatic functions and values.

The Corps strives to make its permit decisions in a timely manner that minimizes impacts to the regulated public.

USACE Regulatory Program Fast Facts:

  • The Regulatory Program completes decisions on approximately 80,000 permit-related activities and completes approximately 50,000 jurisdictional determinations annually.
  • Approximately 86% of General Permit verifications were issued within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.
  • Approximately 60% of Individual Permits were issued within 120 days of receipt of a complete application.
  • There are approximately 1,300 approved mitigation banks and 52 approved in-lieu-fee programs, including single client programs, authorized for compensatory mitigation of impacts associated with regulatory permits.

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