Public Consultation Tracking System (PCTS) Guidance

PCTS is a Web-based query system at that allows all federal agencies (e.g., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - USACE), project managers, permit applicants, consultants, and the general public to find the current status of NMFS’s Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations which are being conducted (or have been completed) pursuant to ESA Section 7 and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act’s (MSA) Sections 305(b)2 and 305(b)(4).  Basic information including access to documents is available to all.

The PCTS Home Page is shown below.  For USACE-permitted projects, the easiest and quickest way to look up a project’s status, or review completed ESA/EFH consultations, is to click on either the “Corps Permit Query” link (top left); or, below it, click the “Find the status of a consultation based on the Corps Permit number” link in the golden “I Want To…” window.

Then, from the “Corps District Office” list pick the appropriate USACE district.  In the “Corps Permit #” box, type in the 9-digit USACE permit number identifier, with no hyphens or letters.  Simply enter the year and the permit number, joined together, using preceding zeros if necessary after the year to obtain the necessary 9-digit (no more, no less) number.  For example, the USACE Jacksonville District’s issued permit number SAJ-2013-0235 (LP-CMW) must be typed in as 201300235 for PCTS to run a proper search and provide complete and accurate results.  For querying permit applications submitted for ESA/EFH consultation by other USACE districts, the procedure is the same.  For example, an inquiry on Mobile District’s permit SAM201301412 is entered as 201301412 after selecting the Mobile District from the “Corps District Office” list.  PCTS questions should be directed to Karla Reece at