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 & Ongoing Projects 


  • 4/1/2022: Response for Saipan Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility. DOT-FAA
  • 3/29/2022: Response for Negative Determination, Saipan Airport Passenger Loading Bridge Replacement. DOT-FAA
  • 3/28/2022: Response for Garapan Fishing Base Revetment. NOAA-NMFS
  • 3/15/2022: Response for Negative Determination, Saipan Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility. DOT-FAA
  • 3/6/2022: Response for Negative Determination, Guidelines for Safely Deterring Marine Mammals. NOAA-NMFS
  • 11/24/2021: Response for Shoreline Stabilization for Marina Revetment Structures. DOI-NPS
  • 9/10/2021: Response for Longline Gear Requirements. NOAA-NMFS
  • 8/31/2021: Response for Implementation of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Decisions. NOAA-NMFS
  • 8/25/2021: Response for Territorial 2022 Longline Caught Bigeye Tuna Catch Limit. NOAA-NMFS
  • 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 Negative Determination 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-DON

Public Notices – Updates to Regulations