Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

New forms make it easier to provide nautical chart updates of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitted projects

Up-to-date nautical charts are essential for providing mariners with accurate water depths and precise locations of structures. One of the important ways NOAA receives chart updates is through voluntary reporting of projects permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey updated two forms to improve project status reporting, the Permit/Public Notice form and the Artificial Reef/Aquaculture form.

The forms have been revised to clarify the important information necessary to keep accurate charts. They are modernized with semi-automated reset, attach, submit and save function buttons, "fillable" fields, and are now feature the latest PDF viewer/editor software.

The Permit/Public Notice form pertains to USACE permitted construction, maintenance and dredging projects on or near navigable waterways to include chartable features; these features may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pipelines
  • Cables
  • Breakwaters/jetties
  • Marina construction/modification
  • Piers
  • Mooring dolphins, piles
  • Sewer outfalls
  • Potable water intake
  • Dredging (sounding data)

The Artificial Reef/Aquaculture form is used to update the status of any USACE permitted reef or aquaculture activity and is not intended for construction or dredging activities not specifically permitted under the reef permit.

After you have completed your respective form, you may e-mail it to Should you find any problems with the forms, please let us know by submitting an inquiry via our online inquiry reporting system.