Permit Application Process

The first step of the Commercial application process is to submit one set of plans for the SESC review, during which the inspector will determine the permit type, the SESC measures required, and other required submittals. Upon completion of the review, the inspector will contact you, and you can proceed with submitting all other required information.

  • All commercial plans must be reviewed for Soil Erosion and Sediment Controls by the Inspector prior to application.
  • Fees, applications, and other information will not be accepted prior to completion of the SESC review.
  • Bond and permit fees are due at the time of application.

Forms & Resources

The following is a list of forms that may be necessary for you to bring into the Drain Commissioner’s Office to apply for a Commercial Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Permit. Please read the Welcome Letter and complete the forms for application. All forms must be completed with original signatures at the time of application. If you have any questions, please call us at (517) 546-0040. For residential projects, click here.


Fees are subject to change without notice. Permit and waiver fees are nonrefundable.

Commercial Administrative Fee
  • Major or Minor category determined by Inspector
Monthly Inspection Fees
  • Required for Commercial Major Permits only
  • Required four month minimum: 4 x $110 = $440
Commercial Major Permit
  • Requires Administrative Fee + First four months of inspections
  • All fees are required at the time of application for the commercial permit
Commercial Minor Permit
  • Requires Administrative Fee
  • All fees are required at the time of application
Commercial Waivers
  • Not within 500 ft. of surface water and less than one acre of disturbed soil
Bonds Rate
$$.05/sq ft
  • Priced per square foot of disturbed soil. All bonds must come from the landowner.
Drain Commissioner
Brian Jonckheere

Brian Jonckheere
Drain Commissioner



(517) 546-0040


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays


2300 E Grand River Ave
Suite 105
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 545-9658