Nationwide Permit Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issues nationwide permits (NWPs) to authorize certain activities that require Department of the Army permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.  The NWPs authorize activities that have minimal individual and cumulative adverse effects on the aquatic environment.  The NWPs authorize a variety of activities, such as aids to navigation, utility lines, bank stabilization activities, road crossings, stream and wetland restoration activities, residential developments, mining activities, commercial shellfish aquaculture activities, and agricultural activities. 

Currently, the Nationwide Permits associated with this program are being re-evaluated.  There was a public notice for the reissuance of the 52 existing NWPs and the issuance of five new NWPs on September 15, 2020.  Since then, 16 of those NWPs have been approved.  These 16 NWPs are shown in the "March 2021 Nationwide Permits" section below and they become effective on March 15, 2021.    On February 10, 2021, the revised state of Louisiana Regional Conditions were approved for use with these 16 NWPs.     At this time, the remaining existing NWPs are still under review; however, these NWPs are still approved under the March 2017 requirements including the 2017 general conditions and 2017 Louisiana Regional Conditions.  These NWPS and their conditions are listed under the the "March 2017 Nationwide Permits" section below.

March 2017 Nationwide Permits

Click here for Federal Register notice for the March 2017 Reissuance of the Nationwide Permits.

Click here for a Summary of Nationwide Permits

Click here for the State of Louisiana 2017 Nationwide Permit (NWP) Regional Conditions

NWP # NWP Description
1 Aids to Navigation
2 Structures in Artificial Canals
3 Maintenance
4 Fish and Wildlife Harvesting, Enhancement, and Attraction Devices
5 Scientific Measurement Devices
6 Survey Activities
7 Outfall Structures and Associated Intake Structures
8 Oil and Gas Structures on the Outer Continental Shelf
9 Structures in Fleeting and Anchorage Areas
10 Mooring Buoys
11 Temporary Recreational Structures
13 Bank Stabilization
14 Linear Transportation Projects
15 U.S. Coast Guard Approved Bridges
16 Return Water From Upland Contained Disposal Areas
17 Hydropower Projects
18 Minor Discharges
19 Minor Dredging
20 Response Operations for Oil or Hazardous Substances
22 Removal of Vessels
23 Approved Categorical Exclusions
24 Indian Tribe or State Administered Section 404 Program
25 Structural Discharges
27 Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Enhancement, and Establishment Activities
28 Modification of Existing Marinas
30 Moist Soil Management for Wildlife
31 Maintenance of Existing Flood Control Facilities
32 Completed Enforcement Actions
33 Temporary Construction, Access, and Dewatering
34 Cranberry Production Activities
35 Maintenance Dredging of Existing Basins
36 Boat Ramps
37 Emergency Watershed Protection and Rehabilitation
38 Cleanup of Hazardous and Toxic Waste
41 Reshaping Existing Drainage Ditches
45 Repair of Uplands Damaged by Discrete Events
46 Discharges in Ditches
49 Coal Remining Activities
53 Removal of Low-Head Dams
54 Living Shorelines