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Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control

 

Allegan County’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program was established under Act 347 of 1974, as amended, with the Allegan County Board of Commissioners assigning the program to the Allegan County Drain Commissioner as the County Enforcing Agency.  In 1994, Act 347, the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act, was codified as Part 91 of Public Act 451, the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.  On January 11, 2001, Part 91 was significantly amended by Public Act 504 of 2000.  Public Act 504 intensified the enforcement process of the program to ensure better compliance with the Act by developers, owners, and contractors, and by making the enforcing agencies more responsible and accountable for providing State-compliant erosion control programs.  Effective March 5, 2007 the Board of Commissioners transferred authority for this program to the Allegan County Health Department.
 
The Allegan County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance (ordinance #1013.1) is intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the County residents and the public health, safety and welfare of the community by regulating earth change activities, which can harm the environment through erosion and the unnatural accumulation of sediment.
 

When a permit from the Environmental Health Division may be required

  • If your project involves disturbing soils over an area of one (1) or more acres. A SESC permit from the Allegan County Health Department will be required as part of your zoning/building permit application submittal packet.
  • If you are building an agricultural/accessory building. A SESC permit from the Allegan County Health Department may be required as part of your zoning/building permit application submittal packet. While plowing and tilling of land for crop production or the harvesting of crops are exempt, any other agricultural activity such as construction or clearing which will disturb more than one (1) acres or is within 500 feet of a lake, river, stream or storm drain inlet requires a permit.
  • If your construction project is for permanent dwelling and/or large scale additions to an existing home. A SESC permit from the Allegan County Health Department may be required as part of your zoning/building permit application submittal packet.
  • Zoning/building applications for items such as decks, porches, swimming pools, small additions, and small accessory buildings generally may not require a SESC permit, however, it may require a waiver. This does not preclude the fact that a site visit may be necessary to determine if a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control permit may be required by the Allegan County Health Department.

 

Soil Erosion FAQs

Permits and Forms

 

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