SESC Permit Application Information and Instructions

SESC Permit Application Information and Instructions

 A Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control permit is needed if the earth change:

 ·         Disturbs more than one acre of land or

·         Is within 500 feet of a lake or stream, as defined under Administrative Rule R323.1701 to 1714, Part 17, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control

 Please review the form before filling in the required information.  The entire form must be completed before submitting for processing.

Item 2 – refers to the location of the earth change or project.

Item 3 – briefly describes the earth change; size includes the entire area disturbed, i.e. cut, fill, stockpile, etc.

Item 5 – be sure include the landowner if an authorized agent is signing the application, the responsible individual that will actually be “on site”, along with the other information

Item 6 – performance deposit or bond is addressed in fee section 

Information/additional items to include with application: 

·         Two sets of plans for engineered projects, or if required by the County Enforcing Agency

·         For non-engineered projects, your site plan, with additional information listed

·         Proof of ownership, included with legal description

·         Check for appropriate fees, payable to GRATIOT COUNTY PERMITS OFFICE, based on the following schedule:

 v      Initial Application Fee:

 Applicants seeking to obtain a Soil Erosion Permit will be required to pay an initial application fee upon submitting the Grading Permit application. 

                        Major Project / Over 1 Acre:           $92.00 per acre disturbed
                        Commercial Projects.                        $92.00 per acre disturbed.

Minor Project / 1 Acre or Less:        $37.50 per acre disturbed

Ongoing Project:                                $115.00 per acre per year 

This initial fee covers the plan review, preliminary inspection and the first month (or 2 months) of disturbance.  Note that the initial fee is calculated based on the total acreage to be disturbed throughout the duration of the project. 

In the event that earth-moving activities occur prior to issuance of a grading permit, the owner is subject to an administrative fee of $40.00 per hour.

v      Monthly Billing Fees: 

Following the payment of the initial fee, SESC Program staff will perform monthly or bi-monthly inspections, and issue invoices to each project based on the acreage disturbed on-site at the time of inspection.  Any unpaid re-inspection fees resulting from stop work orders will be added to the invoice.   

                        Major Project:                        $92.00 per acre disturbed, billed every month

                        Commerical Projects:             $92.00 per acre disturbed, billed every month

Minor Project:                        $37.50 per acre disturbed, billed bi-monthly 

Monthly invoices are calculated based on the area that is disturbed at the time of inspection.  If an area is stabilized using approved permanent or temporary stabilization methods, the permit holder will not be billed for the stabilized area.  A list of approved methods of stabilization are available through the Gratiot County Permits Office. 

v      Bond requirements 

$400.00 per acre cash deposit or an approved surety bond form which is certified may be required. 

Completed applications, supplemental information and fees should be mailed to:

            Court House
            214 East Center Street
            Ithaca, MI  48847

Permit Application and Plan Requirements Checklist 

Pursuant to Administrative Rules 323.1703 and 323.1706 

Certain information is essential in developing a comprehensive plan to minimize soil erosion and control sedimentation for the protection of Gratiot County’s lakes, streams, and wetlands.  U.S. Geologic Survey topographic maps and Natural Resources and Conservation Service Soil Surveys can be useful in developing a comprehensive plan. 

q                Scaled map

q                Site location sketch

q                Proximity to lakes, streams or drains

q                Limits of earth change

q                Predominant land features

q                Slope information

q                Soils information

q                Drainage facilities

q                Timing and sequence

q                Temporary Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control measures and timing sequence for installation and removal

q                Permanent Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control measures

q                Maintenance program for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control measures 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contract the GRATIOT COUNTY PERMITS OFFICE at (989) 875-5201 or

Notice: The Gratiot County SESC Ordinance known as Ordinance No. 2003-1 is more restrictive than Part 91 of PA 451 of 1994. Notice is herby given pursuant to Section 9105(3) of Part 91, Soil and Sedementation Control, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.