Simple Application Checklist

We are now accepting all applications electronically.   Please send your application through email to Electronic submittals still require a signature and attachments must be less than 10 MB. For attachments larger than 10 MB and less than 8 GB, the DoD SAFE (Secure Access File Exchange) can be used.  Please contact us for an access code.


Simple projects include most single family related projects such as docks and piers. Please see the corresponding permit for more information and guidelines on the particular permit you are applying for. Project managers may ask for additional information, but in general for these types of small projects we need a few key items.

Please be informed that you  may be required to submit additional information on the project so that it complies with all the requirements of the specific RP you are applying for.  The Simple Application Checklist is merely a set of guidelines to get you started with the permit review process.  

  1. A completed, signed, and dated application. Please describe which Permit you are applying for under the Project Description of the Joint Application Form.

  2. As part of the application, we need a location map where you want to do the work. We need a map good enough to be able to drive there and find it easily. A map from any of the online map services is fine as long as your address is on the map. A couple of sites where you can get those maps for free are Mapquest, Yahoo Maps, Bing Maps, or Google Maps

  3. We also need a drawing of what you want to do. The best drawing is done on copy of your plat of survey with the project location drawn and explained right on the plat. Length, width, type of materials and similar information should be placed right on the drawing. If you are drawing the plans for the property yourself, please try to draw as close to scale as possible.

  4. Photos of your property where you want to do the work including any wetlands or other water areas. The photos should be marked with your property boundary line if your work will be near your property boundary. This is important for us to see if you might be impacting or connecting to something on your neighbor's property. Be sure you write the date on the photo and indicate enough directions (north, south, east and west) for us to be able to figure out your drawings. When submitting photos please provide a description of the what is in the photo, where on the property the photo was taken and what direction it is facing.


If you are unable to submit your application electronically, please mail your application form and attachments to:

USACE Regulatory Branch
231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60604