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Applying for a Well Permit

Submit a complete Permit Application to:

Livingston County Health Department – Environmental Health Division
2300 E. Grand River, Suite 102
Howell, MI 48843

The application must include:

  •   Completed application form
  •   Documentation of permanent street address if new construction (tax bill, township address form, etc.)
  •   10-digit parcel identification number
  •   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, a Sanitarian will review and issue the permit and or contact you within 3-5 business days to request additional information. At your request, permits will be mailed or picked up once issued. Issued permits will automatically be forwarded on to the municipality and Building Official.

How long are my permits valid?

You have one year from the time your 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 additional fee may be required.


The water well contractor will contact us for the required inspections. Area Sanitarians will inspect water well construction activities on your property either before, during, or after competition of the well. All inspections will be made promptly (usually within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.) Please note that any deviations from your original plans must be approved by Environmental Health before construction can begin.

Once the well is installed, the water must be tested to show it is safe. It is the property owner’s responsibility to collect the appropriate samples, as specified on your permit. As an alternative, you may contract the water well drilling contractor or home builder to collect the samples on your behalf. Sample bottles are available from a Certified Drinking Water Laboratory.

Upon completion of the water well system inspections, a final approval (Completed Permit) will be issued when the following conditions are met:

  • The water well system has been approved.
  • Once these conditions are met, 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.
For more information, please contact an Area Sanitarian (based on your Township) or call Livingston County Environmental Health Division at (517) 546-9858.

Last Modified November 17, 2023

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Matt Bolang

Matt Bolang
Health Officer



(517) 546-9858


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


2300 E Grand River Ave
Suite 102
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 546-9853
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