Wetland Delineations

To request an Approved Jurisdictional Determination (AJD), Wetland Delineation (ARDR), or Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination (PJD), please see the Apply for a permit or JD link to the right!

The Corps of Engineers receives thousands of requests each year to perform wetland delineations for potential applicants for permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Due to limited staff and resources, response time can be several months or longer. To expedite this process, the District encourages applicants to use consultants to conduct wetland delineations, especially for large and/or complex areas.

On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated. The final rule will become effective on June 22, 2020.  The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states .  Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr .


Corps Headquarters has posted an announcement for the publication of the rule on our Regulatory webpage, at the following locations:




General Inquiries (800)-448-2402
Coastal Branch (912)-652-5893
Piedmont Branch (678)-422-2735

Email: cesas-rd@usace.army.mil