Other Water-Related Construction Site Permits

Most construction activities involving work in waters of the United States or Missouri’s waters of the state require authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also known as the Corps, or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Individuals, companies, corporations, federal and state agencies and local governments planning construction activities in a stream, river, lake or wetland should contact the Corps or DNR before any work begins.  Such construction activities may require a permit from one or both agencies.

General Information

  • Dam Safety Permits from the department's Water Resources Center may be required for dam construction activities, especially if your dam is 35 feet or greater in height or the water is listed on Missouri’s Impaired Waters List.  Contact the Water Resources Center prior to building a dam.  See general Dam and Reservoir Safety Program information.
  • Sand and Gravel Mining Permits may be required from DNR for commercial removal of in-stream sand and gravel.  Contact the Department of Natural Resources' Land Reclamation Program for permit applications and instructions.  Call 573-751-4041 and ask for the Industrial Minerals Unit.  Call toll free at 800-361-4827.
  • 401 Certification from the department, per Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is required when placing material, or fill, into the jurisdictional waters of the U.S.  Examples are culverts under road crossings, riprap along stream banks and stormwater outfall pipes.  The term jurisdictional waters here refers to large lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, including those that don't always contain water.  The permitting and certification process is shared between the Department of Natural Resources under Section 401 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404.
  • Posted for Public Notice: Department Seeking 401 Public Notice Comments.
  • A Section 404 permit from the Corps may be required for the discharge of dredged or fill material in all waters of the United States, including rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands.  This includes work such as site development fills, causeways or road fills, dams and dikes, artificial islands, bank stabilization (riprap, seawalls and breakwaters) levees, landfills, fish attractors, mechanized clearing of wetlands and certain types of excavation activities, etc.
  • Corps of Engineers Public Notices for Section 404.
  • Map of Missouri’s five Corps districts and its program service areas
  • Kansas City District map of counties
  • Rock Island District Mississippi Valley Division (Northeast corner of Missouri)
  • Memphis District Mississippi Valley Division (Southeast bootheel corner of Missouri)
  • St. Louis District list of counties
  • Little Rock District boundary map
    (Southeastern Missouri)
  • The Corps may also require a permit for any work or structures in, under or over any navigable Waters of the United States per Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriations Act of 1899.  This includes such items as boat docks, boat ramps, powerlines, excavation, filling, etc.  This is more likely to be applicable in projects adjacent to the Lake of the Ozarks, the Osage River below Bagnell Dam and the Missouri, Mississippi and Gasconade rivers.