US Army Corps of Engineers
Los Angeles District

USACE Permitting Programs



Letter from Regulatory Division Chief:

 

Welcome to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Permitting Webpage. My name is David Castanon and I am the District's Regulatory Division Chief. In addition to being in charge of the Regulatory Division, one of my missions is to ensure synchronization between Los Angeles Districts' Regulatory and Section 408 Permitting Programs. As part of this effort, I have designated Regulatory Points of Contact (POCs) below to help guide you through the process of obtaining one or both permits. The Regulatory POC will also help you identify the Regulatory Project Manager and 408 Project Manager to process your permit application(s) and answer your project specific questions. Please review the information below on Regulatory Permits and Section 408 Permits. If you have any questions, please contact our Regulatory POCs.

Sincerely,

David J. Castanon

Regulatory Points of Contact

Veronica Li, Senior Project Manager
Mason Gamble, Project Manager

Contact Information: SPLPermitInquiries@usace.army.mil

Please review the information below and on the respective permitting webpages and if you still have questions whether your project would need a USACE permit, fill out this Permitting Inquiries Checklist and email it to SPLPermitInquiries@usace.army.mil.

Note: You may need both a Regulatory permit and Section 408 permission.



Regulatory Permits
 

The Regulatory Program administers and enforces Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899; Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1972, as amended; and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972. Under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, a Corps permit is required for work or structures in, over, under, or affecting navigable waters of the United States. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, a Corps permit is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. Many water bodies and wetlands in the nation are waters of the United States and are subject to the Corps' Section 404 regulatory authority. Under Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, the Corps regulates the transport and disposal of dredged material at designated ocean sites.

Regulatory Jurisdiction Overview

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has permitting authority over activities affecting waters of the United States. Waters of the United States include surface waters such as navigable waters and their tributaries, all interstate waters and their tributaries, natural lakes, all wetlands adjacent to other waters, and all impoundments of these waters.

 


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has permitting authority over activities affecting waters of the United States. Waters of the United States include surface waters such as navigable waters and their tributaries, all interstate waters and their tributaries, natural lakes, all wetlands adjacent to other waters, and all impoundments of these waters.

For more information on the Regulatory Mission, jurisdictional delineations, and to begin the application process for a Section 10/404/103 permit, visit our Regulatory webpage.


Section 408 Permissions

Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, as amended and codified at 33 USC 408 (Section 408), authorizes the Secretary of the Army, on the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), to grant permission for the alteration or occupation or use of a USACE civil works project if the Secretary determines that the activity will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the project. Below is a list of the Corps Projects which may require Section 408 permission for alteration or occupation or use. Not all segments were built by the Corps. Please check with the local flood control district or public works agency to confirm.

Corps Projects Listing: For more information and to begin the application process for a Section 408 permission, visit our Section 408 webpage.