Preliminary Jurisdictional Determinations

Preliminary JDs are non-binding ''written indications that there may be waters of the United States, including wetlands, on a parcel or indications of the approximate location(s) of waters of the United States or wetlands on a parcel. Preliminary JDs are advisory in nature and may not be appealed." (See 33 CFR 331.2)

Appropriate uses of a preliminary JD would include: efforts that require initial real estate planning; projects with temporary impacts; projects with minor placement of dredged or fill material in waters of the US; docks; marinas; and/or other work subject to only RHA jurisdiction. With respect to permitting, interested parties can submit a request for a preliminary JD, a Pre-Construction Notification, and engineering drawings that illustrate the magnitude of impacts to Waters of the US at the project site or within the review area. A preliminary JD is "preliminary" in the sense that a recipient of a preliminary JD can later request and obtain an approved JD if that later becomes necessary or appropriate during the permit process or during the administrative appeal process.

Savannah District will not accept a request for a preliminary JD for actions which are regulated pursuant to sections of the CWA program which are administered by other Federal or state agencies (e.g., Section 402, 303, or 311). In such circumstances, the Savannah District will decline to perform the JD and instead refer the person who requested it to the Federal or state agency responsible for administering the program.

To request a Preliminary JD, please see the Apply for a Permit or JD link to the right.

Corps Headquarters has posted an announcement regarding the Navigable Waters Protection Rule Vacatur and other helpful guidance, tools and technical materials within the following links:


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  • The same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
  • Equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.


Justice40 (Executive Order 14008) aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water, and other investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.

Regarding the US Army Corps of Engineers, the programs that the Justice40 Initiative applies to are:

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