Commercial Projects - Soil Erosion Control

Earth changes undertaken for the purpose of commerce, multiple residential, or public services, including but not limited to:

  • Churches
  • Commercial projects / additions
  • Drainage construction
  • Industrial projects
  • Mining
  • Recreational developments
  • Residential developments
  • Roads / streets construction
  • Schools
  • Utilities and pipeline not exempt under Part 91

Commercial permits expire 24 months from the date of issuance. Inspections will be performed throughout the duration of the permit. Permits can be renewed for six months for half of the original permit cost.

Categories & Application Fee Schedule

Category
Description
Fee
Commercial Waiver
Earth changes that are over 500 feet from all surface water that disturb less than one (1) acre
or earth changes within 500 feet of surface water disturbing less than 225 square feet and not contributing sediment to surface water
$100
Minor Commercial Project
Earth changes within 500 feet of surface water with a disturbance between 226 and 2,500 square feet in size
$300
Major Commercial Project
Earth Changes within 500 feet of surface water with a disturbance of 2,501 square feet up to 10 acres in size
$500

Major Commercial Project, over 10 acres

All projects over 10 acres
$500 + $50 per acre disturbed (over 10 acres)


Permit Application Process

When an application is submitted to the Soil Erosion Program, all applicants must include:

The Soil Erosion Program shall approve, disapprove or require modification of the application for an earth change permit within 30 days following the receipt of the completed application submittal.

Waiver Application Process

A Commercial Waiver may be applicable for earth changes that DO NOT contribute sediment to surface waters AND:

  • Are over 500 feet from all surface water AND disturb less than one (1) acre  

OR

  • Earth changes within 500 feet of surface water AND disturb less than 225 square feet

Please contact the SESC office at 734-222-6860 to discuss whether your project may qualify for a waiver and to obtain the waiver application form.

When a Waiver application is submitted to the Soil Erosion Program, all applicants must include:

  1. Permit Transfers
  2. Expirations & Renewals
  3. Closing Out a Permit

Permit Transfer Information

Permit Transfer shall occur when ownership of a property subject to a permit under the Washtenaw County SESC (Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control) Ordinance is transferred, in whole or in part. If the property is subject to a permit transfer the original permit holder and new permit holder must submit a completed Transfer Form Application (PDF) to the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program for review.