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All project related documents (permit applications, aquatic resource delineations, jurisdictional determinations, agency requests, etc.) should be submitted electronically to the following email address: 


Instructions for submitting requests electronically

General questions and inquiries about the Regulatory Program or 408 Program?

Call: (916) 557-5250


The Regulatory Program

The Department of the Army's Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the federal government. Initially, it served a simple purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation's waters. Changing public needs, evolving policy, court decisions and new statutory mandates have changed several aspects of the program including its breadth, complexity and authority.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through the Regulatory Program, administers and enforces Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (RHA) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Under RHA Section 10, a permit is required for work or structures in, over or under navigable waters of the United States. Under CWA Section 404, a permit is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. Many waterbodies and wetlands in the nation are waters of the United States and are subject to the Corps' regulatory authority.

The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources and navigation capacity, while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation's waters, including wetlands

Latest News

  • January 28, 2020 - The Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Policy and Legislation) rescinded the February 25, 2005 joint memorandum which provided guidance to the field staff of the NRCS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) on conducting wetland determinations for purposes of the Food Security Act of 1985 (FSA) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rescission does not alter the roles or responsibilities of the Agencies under their respective statutory and regulatory authorities. The Agencies will continue their practice of informing landowners that wetland delineations (performed by the Corps) and determinations (performed by the NRCS) may not be valid for FSA or CWA requirements, respectively. Additionally, the rescission does not affect the Agencies' commitment to administering their respective wetlands programs in a manner that seeks to avoid duplication between the programs and minimizes the impacts on affected landowners, while recognizing the inherent differences in the purpose and statutory language of those laws. The Agencies intend to issue new guidance on this topic in the near future.

  • January 23, 2020 - The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army today finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and clarifies the limits of federal control under the Clean Water Act. This rule and existing state, local, and tribal regulations and programs will provide a network of coverage for the nation’s water resources in accordance with the objective and policies of the Clean Water Act. The rule is anticipated to be published in the Federal Register in late February and will become effective 60 days following publication. More information on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, including the pre-publication copy of the rule and preamble and some fact sheets, is available at

  • January 1, 2019, Sacramento District has gone paperless.  Instructions are here.

  • April 2018, Sacramento District's new ESA Guidelines for applications for Department of the Army permits.  The Guidelines, which replace the Biological Assessment Checklist, are intended to help improve the quality and timeliness of the information needed to initiate consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.   
  • Oct 2017, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the California Resources Agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as potential participants in Interagency Review Teams (IRT) have updated the standard Mitigation Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) template for use with mitigation banks that are established within the State of California. The public notice (PN) is linked at the SPD PN page.  The PN is located at 



Contact Your Local Office 

Sacramento District HQ Office
1325 J Street, Room 1350
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 557-5250
Fax: (916) 557-7803

Our Commitment to Public Service

Public Service is a Public Trust. We, as Corps Regulators, Must Earn This Trust, and to Keep This Trust, We Must Conduct Ourselves in a Manner That Reflects the Following Principles:

Professional - We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner in dealings with all our customers, including applicants, violators, agencies, interest groups and the general public.

Fair and Reasonable - We will be open-minded, impartial, and consistent in our interactions with all our customers to ensure all actions and decisions are free from bias and are not arbitrary or capricious. Customers will be treated equally and with tolerance.

Knowledgeable - We will remain knowledgeable of applicable laws, regulations, and scientific and technical advances which affect our program.

Honesty - We will be truthful, straightforward, and candid in all dealings with our customers.

Timeliness - We will strive to provide our customers with timely regulatory responses regardless of whether those responses are favorable or adverse.

Accountability - We will be decisive in all actions and accept responsibility for any of our decisions and resulting consequences. All decisions will be factual and properly documented.

Respect - We will treat our customers with dignity, courtesy, compassion, and sensitivity.