The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), 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 USACE regulatory authority.
The Mission of the USACE Regulatory Program is to protect the Nation’s aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. Learn more about how to apply for a USACE Galveston District's Regulatory permit.
As of 19 July 2020, the Galveston District Regulatory Division has transitioned into a paperless electronic submittal for Regulatory business. All public notice comments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit a Regulatory business request please email the request to CESWGRegulatoryInbox@usace.army.mil. Please include the County (project location) and Applicant Name in the subject line of the email.
All files must not be locked, must have Optical Character Recognition (OCR) performed, be attached to the email, and be combined into a single Adobe pdf file. Please reduce the size of the attachments to the email submittal to less than 30 MB. Please format drawings no larger than 11-inch x 17-inch in size. If your files as attached to the email submittal are larger than 30 MB, there are several methods to send your request electronically:
1. Reduce Adobe PDF file sizes.
2. Email CESWGRegulatoryInbox@usace.army.mil
and request a drop-off link to be sent from the DOD SAFE site, found at https://safe.apps.mil/
. This DOD approved file transfer protocol (FTP) site can accommodate a total file size up to 8 GB. The webpage link within the email sent from DOD SAFE will allow you to upload your documents. Further instructions on how to upload documents is available here
. Please send your uploaded documents to the CESWGRegulatoryInbox@usace.army.mil
3. Send multiple emails. Label each email with same subject line and indicate number of emails. For example:
Doe Subdivision Application, SWG-2019-00000 (1 of 2)
Doe Subdivision Application, SWG-2019-00000 (2 of 2)
4. Mail a CD to the Galveston District. DO NOT send a USB flash drive.
5. Use .zip files as attachments. Combine multiple files into a .zip file to compress file size prior to adding as an email attachment. Documents should be formatted as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.
The Galveston District’s Regulatory Program email in-box is checked daily during regular business hours. Within 5 business days of submitting a request, you will receive an email which will include the stamped in date, contact information for the regulator assigned to your request, and a file number. Should a request be received after business hours or on the weekend, the stamped in date will correspond to the following regular business day. Please give 5 business days to receive the acknowledgement email before inquiring about receipt of permit applications. If the acknowledgement email is not received after this timeframe, please contact the Regulatory Division Office at (409) 766-3869.
This paperless transition does not alter the regulatory review and/or permit evaluation process. The use of electronic communications is expected to reduce transmittal delays and improve timeliness of the Regulatory process. While electronic submittals will be the preferred method, the Corps will continue to accept paper copies of permit applications and other correspondence. The Corps Regulatory Division does not anticipate the need to provide paper copy correspondence unless specifically requested.