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The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the Federal Government. Initially it served a fairly simple, straightforward purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation's waters. Time, changing public needs, evolving policy, case law, and new statutory mandates have changed the complexion of the program, adding to its breadth, complexity, and authority.

The mission of the Corps’ regulatory program is to protect the Nation's waters for current and future generations, while allowing for reasonable economic development. Regulatory efforts protect a wide variety of aquatic resources, including wetlands, rivers, streams, tidal waters, coral reefs, shellfish beds, and the oceans. Our permit process is designed to minimize environmental impacts of construction and dredging activities in U.S. waters and to ensure that such efforts are thoughtful and coordinated. The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources and navigation capacity, while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced decisions.  The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation's waters, including wetlands. The Honolulu District evaluates about 300 permit applications each year under its regulatory program

The Honolulu District’s area of operations is large - crossing 5 time zones, the international dateline and approximately 12 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. The Regulatory Office is located in Fort Shafter on Oahu and we have a field office in Guam. We authorize projects under Section 10 and 404 in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and all Pacific Islands that are U.S. possessions, including: Palmyra Atoll, Johnston Atoll, Jarvis Island, Howland Island, Wake Island, Midway Atoll, Baker Island, and Kingman Reef.

In the Pacific islands, environmental issues are of great importance. A contributing factor is the region’s unique environments. For example, Hawaii has only 2/10 of 1 percent of the United States’ total land area, but more than 25 percent of the entire nation’s endangered species.

To apply for a Nationwide Permit (NWP) or a Jurisdictional Determination, please call the Honolulu District Regulatory Office at (808) 835-4303 or email CEPOH-RO@usace.army.mil to request application materials.

Contact Information

Regulatory Office
Building 230
Fort Shafter, HI  96858-5440
(808) 835-4303

Guam Field Office
Apra Harbor Naval Complex
PSC 455 Box 188
FPO, AP 96540-1088  Guam
(671) 339-2108