If your project may impact a federally authorized project you may also need a Section 408 review.
Some examples of federally authorized projects include navigation channels, levees, dams, sea walls, jetties and wetland restoration projects. Learn about the Section 408 process that allows alteration to a federally authorized project.
The Corps' responsibilities and your responsibilities
Before a permit is issued or verified, the Corps must ensure that we've met all of our obligations under any related federal and state laws. The amount and complexity of any additional information needed depends on the project type and location. This means the Corps may ask for more information from the applicant, or the applicant may need to give more information to another agency. In some cases, it's solely the applicant’s responsibility to obtain other authorizations. When related to the Corps authorization, the Corps will inform you of other agencies’ requirements as soon as possible and work with you to fulfill those requirements as expeditiously as possible. For information on recent updates to our program, as well as public outreach, visit our Projects, News and Updates page.
Projects that require permits from the Corps and Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL)
The joint permit application allows you to complete one permit application that satisfies both agencies’ requirements.
Joint Permit Application
Projects that require a Corps permit only
If your project does not require a permit from the DSL you may complete the application for a Corps permit only.
Corps’ Permit Application
Projects that require Corps Nationwide Permit verification only
If your project does not require a permit from the DSL and you are submitting for potential Nationwide Permit verification, you may complete the Corps-only pre-construction notification form.
Pre-Construction Notification Form (If you receive an error opening in your browser, right-click to save to your computer)
A permit application must include the following drawings in the correct format (see drawing format requirements below):
• Location map
• Site plan
• Cross-section drawings
The Corps may require a wetland delineation, which is document that clearly defines the boundaries of any waters that might be affected. It includes all wetlands, streams and other bodies of water in your project area. Completing a wetland delineation requires expertise and may require professional assistance. Contact your local Corps office for more information on wetland delineations.
Drawing format requirements
All drawings should be clear, legible and formatted to fit an 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet.
Use the fewest number of sheets necessary.
Permit Application Drawing Requirements
Permit Applications Drawing Checklist
Portland Harbor Projects
Permit applicants who are planning projects in or near Portland Harbor should review the Portland Harbor Permitting Guide. The Corps, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guide to enhance interagency coordination when reviewing permit applications. It provides information to help permit applicants:
• Understand the agencies’ permitting processes
• Understand various permit requirements
• Identify some potential permitting hurdles
• Provide technical resources that support best practices when designing projects
Submitting your Corps permit application
NOTE: non-permit application submittals (such as delineation review requests or jurisdictional determinations) can be sent to PortlandPermits@usace.army.mil.
The preferred method to submit your Corps permit application is electronically.
All electronic documents should be submitted as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.
Application packages up to 20 MB can be sent via email.
Do not send links to cloud storage, such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
Sending application packages directly to a project manager can delay processing through our system.
Send application packages only to PortlandPermits@usace.army.mil.
We request applicants reduce the total file size as much as possible prior to submission.
For instructions on sending application packages over 20 MB, contact your Regulatory Project Manager or view the public notice about Submitting Permitting Applications Electronically.
Hardcopy applications and documents can also be mailed to the appropriate office on a CD or DVD.
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