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Pre-Application Meetings for Complex Projects

Pre-application meetings with the Department of State Lands, Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other regulatory agencies are available to prospective removal-fill or 404/401 Water Quality Certification permit applicants with large, complex, or controversial projects.

During meetings, held monthly, prospective applicants have one hour to meet with multiple state and federal partners at once to discuss projects and receive feedback in preparation to submit a permit application.
Participating agencies can help provide feedback on areas in which project plans may need more information. Agencies can also identify aspects of a project that may not be eligible for permitting.

Projects that are Candidates for Pre-Application Meetings

Pre-application meetings are ideal for large, complex, or controversial projects that have draft or conceptual plans but have not yet applied for a permit. Complete the pre-application meeting screening matrix and reference the matrix user’s guide to help determine whether a pre-application meeting is necessary.
Projects that may be candidates for multi-agency pre-application meetings include:
  • Projects in which multiple resources, like rivers and wetlands, may be affected.
  • Projects in which there are resources that are regulated by multiple state or federal agencies.
  • Projects with multiple landowners and complex situations.
  • Projects that may be considered contentious.
  • Projects with complex mitigation.
  • Projects that may affect cultural resources.

Attend a Pre-Application Meeting

Pre-application meetings take place on the third Wednesday of the month from 1- 2 p.m. Anyone interested in attending should first complete the matrix and matrix user’s guide. Then, contact the Department of State Lands,  Department of Environmental Quality, or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the project, inquire about the level of review needed, and request a schedule of upcoming pre-application meetings.

2024 Meeting Schedule and Agency Host
January 17, 2024 - DSL
February 21, 2024 - DEQ
March 20, 2024 - Corps
April 17, 2024 - DSL
May 15, 2024 - DEQ
June 19, 2024 - Corps
July 17, 2024 - DSL
August 21, 2024 - DEQ
September 18, 2024 - Corps
October 16, 2024 - DSL
November 20, 2024 - DEQ
December 18, 2024 - Corps

Preparing for a Pre-Application Meeting

After receiving a confirmation about your scheduled pre-application meeting, you will be emailed a set of input questions to complete. Email responses to your DSL, DEQ, or U.S. Army Corps contact at least one week prior to your scheduled meeting. Include any project maps or conceptual drawings that would assist in providing clarity on project details or objectives.
Review common pre-application meeting discussion topics and come to your pre-application meeting prepared to discuss them and ask for meaningful input.

Participating Agencies

The following agencies may participate in pre-application meetings if necessary and relevant to a particular project:
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Portland District
  • Oregon Department of State Lands
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. EPA – Region 10 Oregon Operations Office
  • NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
  • Oregon Water Resources Department
  • Oregon State Marine Board
  • City of Portland (for projects within City of Portland limits)


Department of State Lands

Russ Klassen, Aquatic Resource Specialist

Department of Environmental Quality
Haley Teach, 401 Program Coordinator

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Portland District
Melody White, Portland Permits Section Chief


  Pre-application input questions

  Joint permit application


  Discussion topic questions

  Frequently asked questions

  Pre-application screening matrix

  Matrix user’s guide

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