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Administrative Appeal Process

How the process works: Administrative Appeals of Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program Decisions

The Corps of Engineers has an administrative appeal process that enables an affected party to appeal certain Corps decisions with which they disagree while potentially avoiding the cost/delay of court litigation. Decisions which can be appealed include denied individual permits, proffered individual permits, and approved jurisdictional determinations. These appealable decisions are most commonly made by Corps district offices, and requests for appeal of such decisions are submitted to the next higher authority, most commonly the Corps division offices. It is the policy of the Corps of Engineers to promote and maintain an administrative appeal process that is independent, objective, fair, prompt, and efficient. 

Requests for appeal must be received by the division office within 60 days of the date of the appealable decision. Where an appeal is accepted, a site visit and/or an appeal conference or meeting may be conducted. The Division Engineer will make a determination on the merits of the appeal based on a review of the district’s administrative record, and either confirm the district’s initial decision or remand the decision to the district for reconsideration. The Division Engineer will make a final decision on the merits of the appeal at the earliest practicable time.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program and Permits page.

Administrative Appeals and Additional Information

Administrative Appeal Decisions – a table that summarizes ALL administrative appeals received in the Pacific Ocean Division.

- Links to additional information on the appeal process, including the regulations, forms, flowcharts:
  • APPENDIX A – Flowchart of the Administrative Appeal Process for Permit Denials and Proffered Permits.
  • APPENDIX B – Flowchart for Applicant Options with Initial Proffered Permit.
  • APPENDIX C – Flowchart of the Administrative Appeal Process for Approved Jurisdictional Determinations.
  • APPENDIX D – Flowchart process for Unacceptable Request for Appeal.

Regulatory Program Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division
ATTN: Regulatory and Environmental Program Manager (CEPOD-PDC)
573 Bonney Loop, Bldg. 525
Fort Shafter, HI 96858-5440

Phone: (808) 835-4626
Fax: (808) 835-4613

Informational Videos

These videos are designed to help an appellant quickly understand what the appeal program is and what information is needed for the review of a request for appeal.

1 – Overview of the Process
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2 – Who Is Eligible?
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3 – What Can/Cannot be Appealed?
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4 – Correct Forms and Timelines
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5 – After Receiving the Request
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6 – Final Appeal Decision
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All Videos Together
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