US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Application Instructions

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

PERMIT APPLICATION INFORMATION


Please note: We have tried to make this list as complete as possible. 

Some projects will not require each piece of information.
 

I. REQUIRED BY PERMIT APPLICATION PAMPHLET

(ER 1145-2-1) OR BY 33 CFR 320

INFORMATION NEEDED 
FURTHER EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION 
1. Applicant's Signature
N/A
2. Agent's Signature
N/A
3. Names and Addresses
of adjoining property owners
4. Purpose and Need of Project
text explanation
5. Description of Total Project
All elements of the full and complete project. If the project is related to another project the applicant must explain the relationship. If the project is a single phase of a multi-phase project the applicant must explain entire project.
6. Fill (in Corps jurisdiction)
  • volume and area of fill 
  • type and source of fill 
  • method of placement 
  • 7. Dredge/Excavation
  • volume and area 
  • type and source of material 
  • method of dredging/excavation 
  • location of disposal site (used to determine if disposal site is in Corps jurisdiction) 
  • 8. Other Work
    include cofferdams, access roads, pilings, staging areas, and all other structures.

    II. DRAWINGS FOR CORPS' PUBLIC NOTICE

    a. PLAN VIEW DRAWINGS 

    INFORMATION NEEDED 
    FURTHER EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION 
    (a) Drawings are legible, complete, clear and  of appropriate scale
    N/A
    (b) Delineated Project Boundary
    N/A
    (c) Delineated Project Area to be filled, dredged, or excavated
    N/A
    (d) Elevation of fill, or depth of dredging, excavation at appropriate scale
    N/A
    (e) Water Lines- indicated elevation of applicable water lines should overlay project
    In Tidal Areas
    • MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water) 
    • MHW (Mean High Water) 
    • HTL (High Tide Line) 
    In Freshwater Creeks, Rivers and Ponds
    • OHW (Ordinary High Water) 
    In Wetlands
      Wetland Boundaries (indicate if the Corps has confirmed jurisdiction)
    (f) Locations and Dimensions of Proposed Structures
    N/A
    (g) Locations and Dimensions 
    • Borrow Areas (areas where material is excavated from) 
    • Dredging Areas 
    • Disposal Areas 
    • Stockpiling Areas 
    • Work/Staging/Equipment Areas 

     
    b. PROFILE/CROSS-SECTION DRAWINGS 
    INFORMATION NEEDED
    FURTHER EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION
    (a) Drawings are legible, complete, clear and of appropriate scale
    N/A
    (b) Selected sections indicated on plan view drawings, A-A', B-B', C-C'
    Typical or representative sections okay for larger projects, but reference points or orientation needed.
    (c) Water lines
    In Tidal Areas
    • MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water) 
    • MHW (Mean High Water) 
    • HTL (High Tide Line) 
    In Freshwater Creeks, Rivers and Ponds
    • OHW (Ordinary High Water) 
    In Wetlands
      Wetland Boundaries (indicate if the Corps has confirmed jurisdiction)
      (d) Proposed and Existing Bottom Depths
      NEEDED FOR DREDGING PROJECTS ONLY
      (e) Sufficient linear dimensions to calculate the volume and area quantities, based on both cross-section and plan views.
      N/A
       
      c. DRAWING FORMAT 
      INFORMATION NEEDED
      FURTHER EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION
      (a) 1 inch margin at top of sheet
      N/A
      (b) North Arrow
      on all maps
      (c) Scale
      N/A
      (d) Datum
      on both plan and section views
      (e) Title Block
      on all maps and drawings in Corps format

       

      III . JURISDICTION AND COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

      These are detailed Corps file documents and are often at a size and scale showing greater technical detail that the Public Notice drawings. In some cases- especially small and/or simple projects - the Public Notice drawings may suffice for both purposes. Complex or large projects should generally provide all relevant information indicated below.

      INFORMATION NEEDED
      FURTHER EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION
      1. Maps and Drawings for Corps Jurisdictional Delineation
        (a) Site Location Map
      Road Map to Site
        (b) USGS quad sheet showing project site
      N/A
        (c) Three 1 in = 100 ft maps showing separately
        • existing 
        • jurisdictional delineation 
        • proposed (post project conditions) 
      N/A
        (d) plan details of all fills and structures
      large-scale engineering drawings
        (e) cross-section of all fills and structures 
      large-scale engineering drawings
      2. Jurisdictional Information (maps showing existing conditions)
        (a) tidal areas
      • mean high water elevation and boundary (NGVD or MLLW as datum) 
      • high tide line elevation and boundary (NGVD or MLLW as datum) 
        (b) for non-tidal areas
        • streams and rivers 
        • ponds 
      OHW delineated, show width of stream at OHW for extensive projects show length of stream at OHW width
        (c) for tidal and non-tidal wetlands
      proposed wetland boundary based on Corps Wetland Delineation Manual 

      IV. DREDGING PROJECTS
      INFORMATION NEEDED
      FURTHER EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION
      1 Site Plan
      scale of 1 in.=100 ft. (in large project 1 in.=200 ft)
      2. Recent hydrographic survey (signed by surveyor) of area to be dredged
      referenced to MLLW 
      3. Cross sections showing depths of dredging
      include over depth allowance
      4. Equipment to be used
      text description
      5. One-time projects provide estimate quantity to be dredged
      N/A
      6. For multi-year maintenance applications provide: 
        (a) estimate of yearly quantities to be dredged
      N/A
        (b) history of:
        • dredge quantities 
        • depths of past dredging 
      N/A
      Other Facilitating Documents- Some of these documents are needed to complete the Corps permit process, but are not needed to begin it. If the information is available, or the status of pending documents is known, please submit them to the Corps as early as possible.