US Army Corps of Engineers
Norfolk District Website

Contact information

Regulatory Branch
803 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23508

Submitting a Joint Permit Application?
Email your JPA directly to VMRC by
clicking here.
JPA instructions and documents are here

All other requests  
Email the regulator of the day at

To facilitate assignment of your project, all emails should include the county or independent city in the subject line, Also, if the project is a federally-funded transportation or trail project, please note that in your email. 

Your assigned project manager should contact you within two weeks of the submittal of your request to the Regulator of the Day email.

Need assistance? 
* Call the Regulator of the Day

*Due to COVID-19 contingency activities, the regulator of the day phone line is not being staffed. Emails sent to may experience a delayed response as well.  

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Link to customer satisfaction survey

Jurisdictional determinations

The jurisdictional determination process establishes a line that separates and identifies the USACE-regulated wetland areas and waters from non-wetland (upland) areas that are not regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1977. It generally requires positive evidence of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and wetlands hydrology for a determination that an area is a wetland.

The JD provides important information to a landowner or investor for planning purposes or carrying out certain activities on a given parcel of land. It is essential in making an application for a permit from the USACE to determine if work would occur in wetlands or navigable waters of the United States.

Recent jurisdictional determinations made by Norfolk District.

Regulatory Branch

The Norfolk District Regulatory Office is dedicated to protecting the nation's aquatic resources while allowing reasonable and necessary development, as wetlands filter pollutants from runoff, help store and slow floodwaters during storm events, and provide habitat for many different types of plants and animals.

The office issues permits  for regulated activities proposed throughout the state of Virginia. Areas that the Norfolk District regulates include, but are not limited to, tidal marshes, seasonally saturated forested and non-forested wetlands, swamps, rivers, bays, and streams.

Regulatory issues permits under the authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.

Permits, permission and certifications

The Regulatory Section processes the following permits and letters of permission for regulatory actions within the commonwealth.
Need help with your permit? Call the regulator of the day at 757-201-7652.

Nationwide Permit information 

Printable Nationwide Permits

Regional Permits

Norfolk District Regional Conditions

Pre-application and Jurisdictional Determination Checklist

DEQ 401 certifications

CZM certifications

22 October 2019 - EPA and Army Publish Rule to Repeal 2015 "Waters of the U.S." Definition The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army have published a rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text defining "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) that existed prior to 2015.  The rule is available on the Federal Register at  The rule will become effective on December 23, 2019.  On this date, the agencies will implement the pre-2015 Rule regulations informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding agency practice.  More information can be found at