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The Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program

The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the Federal Government. Initially it served a fairly simple, straightforward purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation's waters. Time, changing public needs, evolving policy, case law, and new statutory mandates have changed the complexion of the program, adding to its breadth, complexity and authority.


The Corps Regulatory Mission

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




Apply for a Permit?
Find a Corps Office?
Appeal a Permitting Decision?

Regulatory Program Goals

These goals guide SPD Districts as they conduct day to day regulatory business.

  • To provide strong protection of the Nation's aquatic environment, including wetlands.
  • To enhance the efficiency of the Corps administration of its regulatory program.
  • To ensure that the Corps provides the regulated public with fair and reasonable decisions.



Public Notices and References

The South Pacific Division  ensures that the Regulatory program operates consistently across the region in its four subordinate districts, Albuquerque District, Los Angeles District, Sacramento District, and San Francisco District.  To that end, the South Pacific Division develops guidance, templates, procedures, and processes that are to be used by its four subordinate districts in administering the Regulatory Program.  Those documents are located on South Pacific Division's Public Notices and References page.


Administrative Appeals

The South Pacific Division administers the administrative appeal program for approved jurisdictional determinations and permit decisions made by the Albuquerque District, Los Angeles District, Sacramento District, and San Francisco District.  Appeals currently in progress, as well as past appeal decisions, are listed in the Table of Appeals.


Regulatory Boundaries

Each District in the South Pacific Division administers the Regulatory Program within its area of responsibility.  District areas of responsibility, along with locations and contact information for each District office and its associated field offices, are shown on the map below. 

SPD Regulatory Boundaries and Offices (Click on features for more information)