Chicago District's Shoreline Activities Regional General Permit (Shoreline RGP)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, has established the Shoreline Activities Regional General Permit (Shoreline RGP) for activities located within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties, Illinois, effective April 1, 2022. The Shoreline RGP authorizes a group of activities which would have minimal individual and cumulative impacts on aquatic resources. The purpose of the Shoreline RGP is to provide a simplified and expeditious means for review of activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act that meet the specified terms and conditions of the permit.

For more information regarding the Shoreline RGP, please select the link below:

 Activities covered under the Shoreline RGP include the following:

  1. Installation, repair, modification, and removal of permanent and seasonal piers/docks, boat hoists, and lifts;
  2. Maintenance dredging for navigational access to existing facilities; and
  3. Expansion and construction of commercial maritime facilities and associated dredging.

Note: Many single-user, private piers that meet the conditions of the Shoreline RGP do not need to submit notification to this office prior to undertaking the activity.

For Activity 1, the following notification requirements apply: The permittee must submit a PCN to this office prior to commencing the activity if: (1) the construction is a pier/dock exceeding 50 feet in length; (2) the construction (pier) is on the Fox River/Chain-O-Lakes and defined as a multi-user facility under the May 12, 2000 Fox River-Chain O’Lakes Boat Pier and Boat Ramp Application Review Policy (Pier Policy).

Please refer to the full Shoreline RGP document for a list of all conditions.

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 Application packages can be sent to  Please do not send directly to a project manager.