Line handlers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District and the Philip R. Clarke moor the ship in the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on Jan. 16, 2024. The Philip R. Clarke was the last ship through the Soo Locks for the 2023-2024 Great Lakes navigation season.


Section 408: Alter an Army Corps Civil Works Project

Published Jan. 18, 2024
Updated: July 3, 2024

The Army Corps provides the Nation with quality and responsive management of the Nation’s water resources. The Army Corps partners with stakeholders to construct many civil works projects nationwide, such as levees, dams and widening harbors for navigation. Given the widespread locations of these projects, many embedded within communities, over time there may be a need for others outside of the Army Corps to alter or occupy these projects and their associated lands. Reasons for alterations could include projects to increase recreational opportunities or improve flood risk management.

This requirement was established in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, which has since been amended several times and is codified at 33 USC 408 (Section 408).  Section 408 provides that USACE may grant permission for another party to alter a Civil Works project upon a determination that the alteration proposed will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the Civil Works project.

Getting Started

Regional Categorical Permission (RCP)

  • Regional Categorical Permission - Document that contains description of the categories and instructions on the program. This process allows the USACE to streamline reviews of the most common types of Section 408 requests.
  • NEPA Document - Outlines and establishes programmatic environmental compliance for the RCP program.

Find your project's Section 408 coordinator

Find the district office your project is located in to connect with the right coordinator.

District Section 408 coordinators

Submit proposed projects via email using this form to the email or address below:
Regulatory Branch Chief  (716) 879-4314
Section 408 Coordinator  (716) 879-4371

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District
ATTN: Section 408 Coordinator
478 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District
Section 408 Coordinator, ORD-R
231 South LaSalle St, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District
ATTN: Section 408 Coordinator
477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226-2550

Written requests may be submitted by email or via the U.S. Post Office at the following address:
USACE Huntington District
Section 408 Coordinator, RD-E
502 8th Street
Huntington, WV 25701

For information regarding the Huntington District Section 408 Program, please contact the Section 408 Coordinator at (614) 692-4672. For information regarding Section 408 technical reviews conducted by the Huntington District Engineering and Construction Division please contact (304) 399-5171.

Section 408 Public Notices

Section 408 Funding Agreements and Permissions

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
ATTN: Section 408 Coordinator
P.O. Box 59
Louisville, KY 40201-0059

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District
ATTN: Section 408 Coordinator
110 9th Ave S A415
Nashville, TN 37203

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District
ATTN: Section 408 Coordinator
1000 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

View the status of your request or permit

You may view the status of your Section 408 request in the USACE Permit Finder.

Additional Information

Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Program Manager
Chick Lock

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