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Regulatory

Ohio State Regulatory Program

Published Jan. 17, 2024

We are diligently working to process your requests. We work on a first come-first served basis.  Our target response time for most small projects is 60 days from when we receive a complete application.  Larger projects are likely to require a longer review. Currently, we are facing some challenges including:

High submittal of requests: We are currently receiving a very high number of applications and jurisdictional determination requests, which has caused a longer response time for the Regulatory staff. Increased requests are a result of fluctuating lake levels in the Great Lakes, green energy initiatives (e.g. solar and wind development), increased commercial/residential development, recent regulation changes, and other factors.

Recent regulation changes: There have been several substantial regulation changes in the past 12-18 months, which have required significant time for staff to be trained and for certain regulatory processes to be modified. These process changes have resulted in additional workload/staff time, which has also resulted in a longer response time for Regulatory staff.

Please note that early coordination makes the process easier for you! By contacting the Corps of Engineers early in your planning, we can help guide you and understand your project’s needs and identify potential challenges. This will help us to work towards the appropriate authorization in as timely a manner as possible. Pre-application meetings are encouraged, particularly for larger projects.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, as we work through these challenges to help you get the authorization you need to complete your project.

National Regulatory Program 

 

If your project proposes impacts to waters of the United States (including wetlands), you should complete a permit application and submit it to the district office which covers your project. Submittal should include the appropriate documentation of your project including a location map, plan-view (top-view) and cross-section (side-view) drawings. 

See specific APPLICATION SUBMITTAL DIRECTIONS should be directed to the local regulatory office

Click here for application instructions and here for the Nationwide Permit Pre-construction Notification form.  NOTE:  Internet Explorer is recommended for viewing.  If you receive an error message regarding your PDF viewer, right click the "Nationwide Permit Pre-construction Notification Form" link and select "Save Link As" to download the application. You may need to select "Enable All Features" to view the form in Adobe Acrobat

 

 

Coordination with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

  • Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (Water Quality Certification [WQC]): An individual WQC may be required from the state if your projects exceeds ½ acre of total impacts to waters of the United States, or in special circumstances.  Please note your Corps permit may be authorized as provisional if you have not received individual WQC if it’s required. The Corps recommends that you contact the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to determine if this will be required for your project; click here for OEPA information. 

For All Permits

For projects along Lake Erie

Permit applicants are required to describe how they will avoid, minimize, and compensate for impacts to waters of the United States.  Unavoidable impacts may require compensatory mitigation to help offset the loss of functions and services.  Typically, compensatory mitigation will be required for permanent jurisdictional wetland losses greater than 0.1 acre.  Compensatory mitigation for jurisdictional stream or other aquatic resource impacts will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  

Ohio Interagency Review Team issues joint public notice regarding "Guidelines for Wetland Mitigation Banking and In-lieu Fee Programs in Ohio, Version 2.0"

All permits expire March 14, 2026. (Effective date in parenthesis)

1. Aids to Navigation (2/25/2022)
2. Structures in Artificial Canals (2/25/2022)
3. Maintenance (2/25/2022)
4. Fish and Wildlife Harvesting, Enhancement, and Attraction Devices and Activities (2/25/2022)
5. Scientific Measurement Devices (2/25/2022)
6. Survey Activities (2/25/2022)
7. Outfall Structures and Associated Intake Structures (2/25/2022)
8. Oil and Gas Structures on the Outer Continental Shelf (2/25/2022)
9. Structures in Fleeting and Anchorage Areas (2/25/2022)
10. Mooring Buoys (2/25/2022)
11. Temporary Recreational Structures (2/25/2022)
12. Oil or Natural Gas Pipeline Activities (3/15/2021)
13. Bank Stabilization (2/25/2022)
14. Linear Transportation Projects (2/25/2022)
15. U.S. Coast Guard Approved Bridges (2/25/2022)
16. Return Water From Upland Contained Disposal Areas (2/25/2022)
17. Hydropower Projects (2/25/2022)
18. Minor Discharges (2/25/2022)
19. Minor Dredging (2/25/2022)
20. Response Operations for Oil or Hazardous Substances (2/25/2022)
21.Surface Coal Mining Activities (3/15/2021)
22. Removal of Vessels (2/25/2022)
23. Approved Categorical Exclusions (2/25/2022)
24. Indian Tribe or State Administered Section 404 Programs (2/25/2022)
25. Structural Discharges (2/25/2022)
27. Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Establishment, and Enhancement Activities (2/25/2022)
28. Modifications of Existing Marinas (2/25/2022)
29. Residential Developments (3/15/2021)
30. Moist Soil Management for Wildlife (2/25/2022)
31. Maintenance of Existing Flood Control Facilities (2/25/2022)
32. Completed Enforcement Actions (2/25/2022)
33. Temporary Construction, Access, and Dewatering (2/25/2022)
34. Cranberry Production Activities (2/25/2022)
35. Maintenance Dredging of Existing Basins (2/25/2022)
36. Boat Ramps (2/25/2022)
37. Emergency Watershed Protection and Rehabilitation (2/25/2022)
38. Cleanup of Hazardous and Toxic Waste (2/25/2022)
39. Commercial and Institutional Developments (3/15/2021)
40. Agricultural Activities (3/15/2021)
41. Reshaping Existing Drainage Ditches (2/25/2022)
42. Recreational Facilities (3/15/2021)
43. Stormwater Management Facilities (3/15/2021)
44. Mining Activities (3/15/2021)
45. Repair of Uplands Damaged by Discrete Events (2/25/2022)
46. Discharges in Ditches (2/25/2022)
48. Commercial Shellfish Mariculture Activities (3/15/2021)
49. Coal Remining Activities (2/25/2022)
50. Underground Coal Mining Activities (3/15/2021)
51. Land-Based Renewable Energy Generation Facilities (3/15/2021)
52. Water-Based Renewable Energy Generation Pilot Projects (3/15/2021)
53. Removal of Low-Head Dams (2/25/2022)
54. Living Shorelines (2/25/2022)
55. Seaweed Mariculture Activities (3/15/2021)
56. Finfish Mariculture Activities (3/15/2021)
57. Electric Utility Line and Telecommunications Activities (3/15/2021)
58. Utility Line Activities for Water and Other Substances (3/15/2021)
59. Water Reclamation and Reuse Facilities (2/25/2022)

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Approved Jurisdictional Determinations and Permit Decisions

A jurisdictional determination is a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers as to whether areas on your property are regulated under federal statutes. A federally-regulated wetland, lake, pond or stream is called a "waters of the U.S."

Individual Approved Jurisdictional Determinations are now available (August 2015 - present) on the National Permitting and Jurisdiction Database.  Please Select the "AJD" tab on the top of the page, and then "LRD-Great Lakes and Ohio River Division" heading in the drop-down menu.

If you would like to find Approved Jurisdictional Determinations prior to August 2015, please submit a records request with the corresponding district.

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