What is the Purpose of this Permit?
Federal law prohibits the construction of any bridge across navigable waters of the United States unless first authorized by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard approves the location and clearances of bridges through the issuance of bridge permits or permit amendments, under the authority of the General Bridge Act of 1946, Section 9 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, and other statutes. This permit is required for new construction, reconstruction or modification of a bridge or causeway over waters of the United States.
Who issues this Permit?
United States Coast Guard
What Activities Require this Permit?
Construction or modification of bridges over certain navigable waters.
How Much Will this Permit Cost?
Where Can I Get the Application for this Permit?
The application which is called 'Coast Guard Bridge Permit Application', is online and can be downloaded at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg551/BPAG_Page.asp.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
There are a number of items to be included with the application. The best source of information can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg551/BPAG_Page.asp.
Is the Decision on my Permit Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
Issuance of a permit is dependent on the impacts the proposed project will have on navigation as well as the applicant receiving a 401 Water quality Certification, Coastal Zone Management Certification, Biological Assessment/Opinion, and NEPA documentation.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?Permit time frame is generally dictated by the above permit dependencies. There is a mandatory 30-day public comment period.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Submit your permit application along with all requisite supporting documentation to:
How Long is my Permit Valid?
The permit is good for three years from the issuance date to start the project and five years from the issuance date to finish the project, but a longer duration may be requested.
What is the Appeal Process for the Permit?
Denial of permit may be appealed to Commandant of U.S. Coast Guard within 60 days of District Commanders decision, and Commandant will take action within 90 days of receipt.
Notes / Comments:None.
Commander 13th Coast Guard District
Attn: Bridge Administrator
915 Second Ave, Room 3510
Seattle, WA 98174-1067
Telephone: (206) 220-7282
Fax: (206) 220-7265
* Permit information last updated 4/23/2013.
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