Corps of Engineers announces emergency permitting procedures for Puerto Rico

Published Jan. 31, 2020

Jacksonville, Fla.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced alternative/emergency permitting procedures in response to earthquake activity affecting areas within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

These alternate procedures will be effective for a six-month period, through July 22, 2020. A Corps-issued public notice announcing these alternative/emergency procedures in response to conditions resulting from the earthquakes is available at 

The alternative/emergency procedures are used to authorize actions or work that is considered to be emergencies, which may include, but not limited to the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters for the United States, and work in navigable waters of the United States to include dredging to restore navigation and relieve flooding; stabilization of eroded shorelines; repair and replacement of authorized structures including docks and bulkheads; installing temporary utility lines and access roads; replacing existing roads and bridges; installing water intake structures, and removal and disposal of debris in waters.

Permit requests will be evaluated using existing general permits to the maximum extent possible.

The Corps of Engineers regulations define an emergency as a situation, which would result in an unacceptable hazard to life, a significant loss of property or an immediate, unforeseen, and significant economic hardship if corrective action requiring a permit is not undertaken within a time period less than the normal time needed to process the application under standard procedures.

A map of Jacksonville District Regulatory Permit Office locations and phone numbers is available at:

The Corps is neither a proponent nor opponent of any proposed project. The Corps’ mission is to provide the regulated public with fair and reasonable decisions while providing protection of the Nation’s aquatic resources and navigation


Release no. 20-007