Federal Consistency

Federal consistency refers to the requirement in Section 307 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) that certain specified federal actions be consistent with approved state coastal management programs.

Under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, all Federal agencies are required to conduct their planning, management, development, and regulatory activities in a manner consistent with federally-approved state and territorial coastal zone management programs.

The Division of Coastal Resources Management reviews federal agency activities for compliance with the CNMI’s coastal management program. If you have any questions about DCRM’s federal consistency process, please contact FedCon@dcrm.gov.mp.

Guide to Federal Consistency

List of Actions Subject to CZMA Review

CNMI’s Procedures Guide for Achieving Federal Consistency

NOAA’s FAQs on Federal Consistency 

View NOAA Guidance on Federal Consistency 

PowerPoint on Federal Consistency

View PowerPoint

Public Notices – Projects Under Review 


  • 7/27/2021: Response for NPDES Construction General Permit. EPA
  • 6/17/2021: Response for Coral Reef Conservation Program. NOAA-OCM
  • 2/22/2021: Response for Fishing Vessel Electronic Logbooks. NOAA-NMFS
  • 2/12/2021: Response for ESA Coral Habitat Designation. NOAA-NMFS
  • 12/28/2020: Response for National Standards for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Commercial Vessel. EPA
  • 12/17/2020: Response for Issuance of 2020 Nationwide Permits & Regional Conditions. USACE
  • 11/13/2020: Response for Tinian Harbor Repairs. DOD-Navy
  • 9/22/2020: Response for Territorial 2021 Longline Caught Bigeye Tuna Catch Limit. NOAA-NMFS
  • 8/28/2020: Response for Restrictions on US Commercial Fishing Vessel Activities Near Data Buoys. NOAA-NMFS
  • 7/27/2020: Response for CNMI Bottomfish Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and Accountability Measures. NOAA-NMFS
  • 6/3/2020: Response for Stormwater Discharge From Industrial Facilities. EPA
  • 5/12/2020: Response for Fishery Observer Rules. NOAA-NMFS
  • 5/18/2020: Response for Territorial 2020 Longline Caught Bigeye Tuna Catch Limit. NOAA-NMFS
  • 3/30/2020: Response for Expendable Bathythermographs (XBTs) in CNMI. NOAA-Office of Coast Survey
  • 3/25/2020: Response for Temporary Construction of Seabee Expeditionary Camp in Tinian and the proposed location. DOD-Navy
  • 5/25/2020: Response for Temporary Installation of One Tide Buoy in Two Locations in CNMI. NOAA-Office of Coast Survey
  • 1/29/2020: Response for NOAA-NMFS Draft Programmatic Agreement. NOAA-NMFS
  • 1/29/2020: Response for Hydrographic Survey, Drone Operation, and Coral Reef Surveys. NOAA-NMFS
  • 3/9/2020: Response for Marianas Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). DOD-Navy

Public Notices – Updates to Regulations