Environmental Permitting

Permits are a necessary and required part of highway projects in North Dakota. Therefore, permitting deals with the completion, review, and processing of permits with various agencies which are required by state and federal laws and regulations. Below you will find many of the commonly used permits and resources for North Dakota highway projects.

Contact Staff

Phone: (701) 328-3736
Email: Environmental Permitting Section

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Omaha District Permitting Program
Omaha District Regulatory Program: Jurisdictional Information and Section 404 Permit information


33 CFR Part 328 (Definition of Waters of the United States)
33 CFR Part 329 (Definition of Navigable Waters of the US)

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Permits

This permit is obtained from the Corps for the discharge of dredge or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands.

Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 Permit.

This permit is for structures or work (other than bridges and causeways) affecting the navigable waters of the United States.

Nationwide Permits

Nationwide Permits
Questions and Answers
NWP 3 – Maintenance
NWP 14 – Linear Transportation Projects
NWP 23 – Approved Categorical Exclusions

Individual Permits

Individual permits are needed when impacts are outside of the nationwide permit threshold.

US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS)

General Special Use Permit Information

US Coast Guard (USCG)

Section 9 Permit
Permit for construction of bridges or causeways over navigable waters of the United States.

Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA)

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)

NDDOT Resources

Plan Preparation Guide
Contains a collection of reoccurring plan sheets and notes.
CADD Standards
NDDOT CADD Standards and associated resource files.
Design Manual
Chapter II Section IV: Wetlands, Vegetation and Environmental Permitting
Reference and Forms (Appendix Files)
Environmental Information
Appendix A Wetland Report Examples
Appendix B Wetland Resources
Appendix C Permit Examples
Appendix D Checklists
Appendix E Miscellaneous Resources
Appendix F Forms