Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Coastal Management Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District Office New Orleans District Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wetlands permitting in Louisiana is combined on the federal and state levels. Applications for activities in wetlands should be sent to both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Once the applications are received by the agencies, the DEQ will either certify the application or deny certification. The Corps has the final word on whether a permit will be granted.
The state manages coastal wetlands activities mainly through several key laws and regulations, including the:
- Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Act (LRS 49:214.1 to 49:214.6)
- Louisiana State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act of 1978 (LRS 49:214.21 to 49:214.42)
- Louisiana Coastal Use Guidelines (