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  When to Apply

Once you have an approved Soil Evaluation, you may apply for your septic permit. Read the soil evaluation for site-specific requirements. For all new building construction, you will also need to get:

Once you have obtained these permits, you can then apply for your building permit. Please contact the Livingston County Building Department (LCBD) for more information. LCBD has permitting authority for all Livingston County except for Green Oak Township. If your building project is in Green Oak Township, please contact their Building Department directly. If you’re seeking financial support to install a replacement septic system, please visit the Septic Replacement Loan Program for more details.

How to Apply for a Septic Permit

Submit a complete a  Well & Septic Permit Application to to LCHD Environmental Health Division in-person, by email, or online. Please note, if you will also be installing a well, you must apply for it at the same time as the septic system. The application must include:

  • Documentation of permanent street address for new construction (tax bill, township address form, etc.)
  • Copy of a certified survey and legal description (for new construction only)
  • Copy of an accurate plot plan (Example)
  • Appropriate fees

Once these materials are submitted, an Environmental Health Specialist will review and issue the permit via email and/or contact you within 3-5 business days to request more information. At your request, permits can be mailed or picked up once issued. Issued permits will automatically be forwarded on to the municipality and Building Official. View your permit for further instructions and requirements including inspections and water testing.


Your inspection schedule will be listed on your permit. The septic contractor will contact us for the required inspections. All inspections will be made promptly (usually within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.) Please note that any changes from your original plans must be approved by Environmental Health before excavation/construction can begin.

After the septic system inspections, a final approval (Completed Permit) will be issued. Once the septic system has been approved, the Completed Permit will be forwarded to the appropriate building department. The building department must have this documentation on file before they will issue their Certificate of Occupancy.

How long are my permits valid?

You have 1 year from the time your sewage/well permit is issued to complete construction. After that, the permit must be rewritten and a fee assessed. If changes are made which require a site visit, an extra fee may be required.

Last Modified May 22, 2024

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Matt Bolang

Matt Bolang
Health Officer



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