The permitting process begins with requesting and receiving a geographic jurisdictional determination on the subject property, of your particular project(s), to determine if wetlands or other waters are present, and if the Corps regulates them. If a project will affect a jurisdictional wetland, or other water, then a permit from the Corps may be required.
Useful documents, links, and information about Jurisdictional Determinations, Pre-Application Meetings, Permit Exemptions, Nationwide Permits, Regional Permits, Individual Permits, and the South Pacific Division’s Permit Applications and Permit Resources are available on this page. Please contact us if you have questions about any aspect of the permitting process.
Permit Types and Program Overview
There are three basic types of permits: Standard Permits, General Permits and Letters of Permission (LOP).
- Standard Permits are a type of individual permit issued for projects that are likely to have more than a minimal individual or cumulative impact on aquatic resources, require a 30-day Public Notice period, and review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
- LOPs are a type of individual permit issued through an abbreviated processing includes coordination with Federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, and a public interest evaluation, but without the publishing of an individual public notice.
- General permits are a type of permit issued on a Regional or Nationwide basis for a category or categories of activities when: (1) those activities are substantially similar in nature and cause only minimal individual and cumulative environmental impacts; or (2) the general permit would result in avoiding unnecessary duplication of the regulatory control exercised by another Federal, state, or local agency provided it has been determined that the environmental consequences of the action are individually and cumulatively minor. Additional Information Regarding The Los Angeles District's General Permits can be found below.