Livingston County will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.

Requirements

In general, a Residential SESC Permit is required for construction of a single family residence or other earth disturbance, including pools and pole buildings, if the work is conducted within 500 feet of surface water (i.e., lake, stream, pond, swamp, wetland, or county drain) or the disturbance is an acre or more. However, earth disturbing projects of more than 225 square feet, may still require approval from our office in the form of a waiver.

Residential Permits/Waivers are not required for:

  • Installation of decks that include construction of posts only and no additional earth disturbance will occur
  • Above-ground pools where no additional earth disturbance will occur

All residential plans must be reviewed for Soil Erosion and Sediment Controls by the Inspector prior to permit issuance.

Silt Fence Requirements

A 36″ silt fence is required on all construction sites unless the inspector waives the requirement or approves an alternate. Use of any alternative SESC measure requires inspector approval. Silt Fence must be erected and inspected prior to permit issuance. Silt fence determination will be made at the time of application. If required, Tracking Mat material must be onsite prior to permit issuance.

Permit Application Process

To obtain a permit, an application is required and must be signed by both the applicant and the landowner. A permit fee will be determined upon submitting the application for a permit. The size of the earth disturbance and risk for erosion will determine the permit type and fee. A copy of the site plan and the township’s or village’s Land Use Permit must accompany each application. Fees must be paid at the time of application. Exception: Green Oak Township, and the Cities of Brighton and Howell do not issue Land Use Permits. If it is determined that the site work would require a waiver, the waivers would still require a land use permit and a site plan. An affidavit will need to be signed at the counter.

What is the difference between a Soil Erosion Permit and Waiver?

Fees

Fee payment is expected at the time of application. Fees are subject to change without notice. All permit / waiver fees are not refundable.

Major Project Permit
$275
  • Single family size residential permits
  • For construction sites greater than 600 square feet of earth disruption
Minor Project Permit
$200
  • Single family size residential permits
  • For construction sites less than 600 square feet of earth disruption
Waiver of Necessity
$60
  • For residential sites not within 500 feet of water
  • No form needed. Requires Land Use Permit and site plan. Waivers are issued at the time of application.
Re-Inspection Fee
$105
  • For both permits and waivers due to non-compliance
Drain Commissioner
Brian Jonckheere

Brian Jonckheere
Drain Commissioner

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Phone

(517) 546-0040

Hours

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

Location

2300 E Grand River Ave
Suite 105
Howell, MI 48843

Fax

(517) 545-9658