Individual Permits. Individual permits are required for activities not
authorized by either a nationwide or regional general permit or not exempted from the
Corps' regulatory program.
Applications for individual permits must be prepared using the prescribed
application form, ENG Form 4345, OMB Approval OMB 49-R0420. The completed application
should be submitted to the District Engineer in charge of the Corps of Engineers
District where the proposed activity will occur. Local variations of the application
form to facilitate coordination with state and local agencies may be encountered. Items
taken into consideration when reviewing an individual permit are as follows.
The Corps' general approach in evaluating applications for individual
permit authorizations required by its regulatory program can be described as a public
interest balancing process which reflects national concerns for both the protection and
utilization of important resources. This public interest review is based upon an
evaluation of the probable impact, including cumulative effects, of the proposed
activity and its intended use on the public interest. As part of this evaluation, the
benefits which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal will be balanced
against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. The following general criteria will be
considered during the balancing process.
Public and private need for the proposed structure or work.
Availability of reasonable alternatives.
Extent and duration of beneficial and/or detrimental effects.
The Corps strongly discourages activities which adversely affect any
wetlands considered to perform any of the following important functions.
Wetlands which serve significant natural biological functions,
e.g., wetlands habitat for aquatic or terrestrial species.
Wetlands which have been set aside as study areas, refuges, or
Wetlands which have significant hydrological characteristics.
Wetlands which shelter other areas from wave action, erosion, or
Wetlands which provide valuable storage area for storm and
Wetlands which are prime natural recharge areas for ground water.