US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

U.S. Virgin Islands

Emergency Permitting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authority to issue alternative/emergency permitting procedures in the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to conditions resulting from Hurricane Maria.

The Corps defines an emergency as a situation which would result in unacceptable hazard to life, significant property loss, significant 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.

These alternative procedures will be effective until June 21, 2018. These procedures are used to authorize actions or work that are considered to be emergencies, which may include, but are not limited to, the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States and work in navigable waters if the United States.

Please complete the Emergency Permit Application to request an emergency permit and email it to For additional information please contact Sindulfo Castillo, 787-289-7040 or email

Examples of Emergency Permitting Requests
-- Roadway/transportation repair, replacement
-- Shoreline stabilization to address erosion
-- Dredging shoaled areas
-- Repair, rehabilitation of in-water structures
-- Debris removal
-- Derelict vessel removal
-- Oil/hazardous material cleanup