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Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control

Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Permit Information


Downloadable Application Materials

Downloadable Resources

Chippewa County Soil Erosion Agent

Mike McCarthy


Chippewa County Soil Erosion Inspector 

Marquita Mullen


*NEW: Permit application fees can be paid using credit card by phone or in person!

4% service fee will be applied to transition

Please Remember! Any dirt movement should not start until a permit has been issued! 


*Please note the Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District only administers Part 91 for Chippewa County. If you need a permit for Luce, Mackinac, Alger, or Schoolcraft County, please contact the LMAS Health Department. 


According to Part 91, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 1994 Public Act 451, as Amended, (Rule 323.1704), a land owner or designated agent who contracts for, allows or engages in an earth change in this state, which disturbs 1 or more acres of land or which is within 500 feet of the water’s edge of a water body shall obtain a permit from the appropriate enforcing agency before commencing an earth change, unless exempted in R 323.1705.  The Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District (CLMCD) is the designated County Enforcement Agency for Part 91 in Chippewa County.  For excavation work in Luce and Mackinac Counties, contact the Luce/Mackinac/Alger/Schoolcraft Health Department for your Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control permit.


If a proposed project meets one or both of the two conditions described above, the landowner (or his/her agent) must submit a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Application with appropriate fees before work can begin on the project.  The forms and fees are fully explained in the the Application Packet.  Click on the attachments below to view and print the forms or call the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District office at 906-635-1278 to get copies of the forms.



Permit Application Review, Issuance and Follow-up

The landowner or designated agent submits completed application forms, SESC plans (per Rule 1703) and appropriate fees.

The Conservation District office reviews the application and SESC plans for completeness. A site visit may be necessary before the permit is issued. For complex projects, there may be a meeting(s) with the applicant or their representative. Based on assessment of the SESC plan, the Conservation District may require additional information or modification to plans.

When the information on the application is complete and accurate, a permit — with appropriate conditions — is issued within 30 days.

A copy of the approved SESC plan becomes an attachment to the permit and must be available with the permit at the site of the project. The permit must be posted with other permits at the construction site.


Site Inspections

Conservation District personnel will visit the site after the earth change commences to confirm that permit conditions are understood and being followed.  Site inspections will occur as appropriate during the life of the project. When a follow-up trip is required due to non-compliance with the provisions of the permit, a fee will be assessed. 

If the site is not stabilized before the projected completion date, the permit must be extended or a new permit issued.


Close Out of Project
Upon completion of the project, Conservation District personnel will visit the site to ensure that the site is stabilized and all permanent SESC control measures are in place. A letter will be sent to the landowner when the project is considered closed by the Conservation District.

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