Consultation means that one or more parties confer with other identified parties in accordance with an established process and, prior to taking action, considers the views of the other parties and periodically informs them about action(s) taken. This definition does not apply to the consultation performed by the States and the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in comparing the long-range statewide transportation plan and the metropolitan transportation plan, respectively, to State and tribal conservation plans or maps or inventories of natural or historic resources (see section 450.216(j) and sections 450.324(g)(1) and (g)(2)).
23 CFR § 450.104
Unless otherwise specified, the definitions in 23 U.S.C. 101 and 49 U.S.C. 5302 are applicable to this part.