Timeframes for processing DA permit applications are contingent upon the receipt of a complete application, as well as any supporting information that may be required to make a final decision on the DA permit application. In general, the Charleston District strives to review and process DA permit applications according to the following timelines:
- Standard Permits (120-365 days)
- Nationwide Permits (45-60 days)
- Regional General Permits (60-90 days)
Deficiencies or delays by an applicant in providing sufficient supporting information will impact the Regulatory Division’s ability to process DA permit applications as efficiently as possible. Project complexity, coordination/consultation requirements, and the applicant’s ability to obtain requisite State authorizations also directly affect the Regulatory Division’s timeframes for processing DA permit applications.
Due to the volume of DA permit applications, this office is unable to provide approximate processing timeframes for Standalone JD/DC requests. At this time, Standalone JD/DC requests may have extended timelines (e.g., one year or longer) based on the size and complexity of the site, the quality of information submitted, and other Regulatory Division priorities. After submittal of a standalone request, if additional information is required, you will be contacted by the Project Manager.
It is recommended that standalone requests be prepared and submitted by an environmental consultant. Although this is not a requirement, it will certainly help expedite the process.
Over the next several months, Regulatory Division staff will make a concerted effort to review and complete all standalone JD and DC requests submitted prior to April 22, 2022, provided that the requests have sufficient documentation. Effective immediately, in-house wetland delineations conducted by the Regulatory Division (rather than the Regulatory Division’s review of a submittal based on a consultant’s prior delineation) will generally only be performed for small tracts (i.e., one acre or less) on a case-by-case basis.
Updated Information and Guidance for preparing delineations and submittals with sufficient supporting information can be found by clicking on the Jurisdictional Determination (JD) / Delineation Request and Checklist.