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Permitting Process

The Permitting Process typically begins with a receiving a jurisdictional determination on a property to determine if wetlands or other waters are present and if they are regulated by the Corps. If a project will impact a jurisdictional wetland or other water, then a permit from the Corps may be required.  Useful documents, links, and information about Jurisdictional Determinations, Pre-Application Meetings, Permit Exemptions, Nationwide Permits, Regional PermitsIndividual Permits, and the Permit Application and  Permit Resources are available on this page.   Please contact us if you have questions about any aspect of the permitting process.
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A Jurisdictional Determination (JD) is a two step process of 1) identifying and locating aquatic resources (including wetlands) on a property, which is referred to as a Delineation, and 2) determining whether those areas are regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. Receiving a JD is optional and may be used during for planning purposes.  A JD may also be used with submittals of Permit Applications.

A Delineation is the process of identifying and locating aquatic resources (including wetlands) on a property. The Corps now offers "Delineation Concurrences" (DC) for delineations as an alternative to receiving Jurisdictional Determinations. A DC provides concurrence that the delineated boundaries of wetlands and other aquatic resources on a property are a reasonable representation of aquatic resources on-site.  A DC does not address the jurisdictional status of the aquatic resources. A DC may be used for planning purposes and may also be used with submittals of Permit Applications.

Please find below the Request for Corps  Jurisdictional Determination (JD) / Delineation  document that must be submitted with all requests for jurisdictional determinations or delineations of sites, as well as other useful information regarding  jurisdictional determinations and delineations.

Click here to view approved jurisdictional determinations issued by the Charleston District.



A Pre-application meeting is an optional step in the permitting process. Pre-application meetings may be requested for any type of proposed project, but it is recommended for those projects that may be complex and/or potentially controversial.

Please use the below form to request a pre-application meeting with the Corps.  All available project information may be submitted with the request. 


  The NWPs authorize activities that have no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. The NWPs authorize a variety of activities, such as aids to navigation, utility line crossings, erosion control activities, road crossings, stream and wetland restoration activities, residential developments, mining activities, commercial shellfish aquaculture activities, and agricultural activities.  Every five years, nationwide permits are reviewed and reissued or modified. New nationwide permits may also be proposed and others let to expire.


Information on the 401 Water Quality Certifications and Coastal Zone Consistency Certification Actions is available on the  S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control website.  


Please find below the Charleston District Nationwide Permit Checklists.  The Checklists were developed to assist with determining if a proposed activity qualifies for use of a specific Nationwide Permit.  Please note that Pre-Construction Notifications may be required for the proposed activity.

2017 Nationwide Permit Checklists

NWP 2 Checklist

NWP 3 Checklist

NWP 7 Checklist

NWP 12 Checklist

NWP 13 Checklist

NWP 14 Checklist

NWP 18 Checklist

NWP 27 Checklist

NWP 29 Checklist

NWP 32 Checklist

NWP 33 Checklist

NWP 36 Checklist

NWP 38 Checklist

NWP 39 Checklist

NWP 42 Checklist

NWP 44 Checklist

NWP 48 Checklist


The Charleston District has developed Regional General Permits to authorize specific activities that cause only minimal adverse environmental impacts to aquatic resources separately or on a cumulative basis. The below Regional General Permits are available for use within the State of South Carolina.

General Public

Duke Energy General Permit (SAC-2013-00657 through 00669) for use at the following lakes:

  • Wylie (SC)
  • Fishing Creek
  • Great Falls
  • Rocky Creek
  • Wateree
  • Keowee
  • Ninety-nine Island
  • Gaston Shoals (SC)
  • Robinson

Santee-Cooper (SCPSA)

SC Gas & Electric Company

SC Department of Natural Resources

SC Department of Transportation




Projects that do not qualify for Nationwide or Regional General Permits are reviewed as Individual Permits. Individual Permit decisions are made on a case-by-case basis after project evaluation.


 Learn more about Wetlands, Streams, and the Regulatory Program by visiting our Interactive Modules