Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program

The impact of soil erosion and sedimentation continues to be of great concern in areas undergoing construction activities. Improper management of these sites can result in pollution to the water resources of Oakland County.

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office (WRC) is responsible for administering the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act (See Soil Erosion Act, Part 91 of PA 451 of 1994, as amended.) The purpose of the legislation is to minimize erosion and control sedimentation to protect the water resources of the State.  The WRC has been designated a County Enforcing Agency (CEA) by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) Land and Water Management Division to serve the communities in Oakland County that do not have a local Soil Erosion Control Program

This program requires that anyone disturbing soil for construction or other earth disturbance to obtain a permit before work begins.   A list of communities covered by the Water Resources Commissioner's Soil Erosion Program can be found on the permit application page.

On October 1, 2003, revisions to the Soil Erosion Program became effective.  The revisions were approved by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners on July 31, 2003.  A permit fee system was established based upon site classification.  Sites are classified by location and the risk of potential erosion problems.  Each site classification has an associated inspection frequency as indicated on the following table.

CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM:

 

Class

Description

Inspection Frequency

 Class 5            Project on a lake/ stream/ wetland/ open water of any kind and has a slope or discharge to these waters.  2 weeks
 Class 4   Project on a lake/ stream/ wetland/ open water of any kind and has no slope (2% or less)

 3 weeks

 Class 3       Project is on a dry/wet detention basin with a sediment filter or on a retention pond  6 weeks
 Class 2 Project is over 225 square feet and does not meet the requirements found in above Classes  7 weeks
 Class 1 Minor Changes under 225 square feet of disturbance:  additions, decks, etc.  8 weeks

 

The permit fees are adjusted on October 1 each year.  The current fees in effect are as follows:


COMMERCIAL PERMITS as of October 1, 2013

 

 




Class


Plan
Review
Fee 


Annual
Inspection
Fee
 

Minimum
Quarterly
Inspection
Fee
  

 Class 5  $215  $2,665

$666.25

 Class 4  $215  $1,685

$421.25

 Class 3  $215  $850

$212.50

 Class 2  $215  $660

$165.00

 Class 1  $215

 $340

$85.00

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL/SINGLE LOT PERMITS as of October 1, 2013

 

 

 




Class


Plan
Review
Fee 


Annual
Inspection
Fee
 

Minimum
Quarterly
Inspection
Fee
  

 Class 5  $75  $525

$131.25

 Class 4  $75  $270

 $67.50

 Class 3  $75  $210

 $52.50

 Class 2  $75  $145

 $36.25

 Class 1  $75

 $115

 $28.75

For commercial permits, a violation re-inspection fee of $120 will be assessed if the violation was not corrected within the five day period indicated on the violation notice.

For residential permits, a violation re-inspection fee of $60 will be assessed if the violation was not corrected within the five day period indicated on the violation notice.

For additional information about the Soil Erosion Control program and specific fee/classification inquiries, please contact the Soil Erosion Unit at 248-858-5389.


Publications:

A New Homeowner's Soil Erosion Control Brochure  has been developed to provide information on requirements for soil erosion control permits.

A Soil Erosion Control Manual/Guidebook and other handouts are available from our office. 


Detail Sheet Last Revised April 14, 2011:

WRC Soil Erosion Standard Detail Sheet 

WRC Soil Erosion Manual - March 2011 

 

Individual Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Details:
  E-2 - Earth Diversion Berm
  E-3 - Check Dams
  E-3A - Check Dams Alternative "A"
  E-3B - Check Dams Alternative "B"  
  E-4 - Level Spreader
  E-7 - Rip Rap: End Section and Bar Screen Detail
  E-8 - Surface Roughening and Scarification
  E-9 - Erosion Control Blankets and Turf Mat Lining
  E-10 - Rip Rap: Channels and Slopes
  SI-1 - Sod Inlet Filter
  SI-2 - Low Point Inlet Filter
  SI-2A - Low Point Inlet Filter Alternative "A"
  SI-3 - RYCB Inlet Filter
  SI-3A - RYCB Inlet Filter Alternative "A"
  SI-3B - RYCB Inlet Filter Alternative "B"
  SI-4 - Curb and Gutter Inlet Filter
  SI-4A - Curb and Gutter Inlet Filter Alternative "A"
  SO-2 - Temporary Detention Basin Outlet Stone Filter
  SO-4 - Ditch Sediment Trap
  SP-1 - Vegetative Buffer Zone
  SP-2 - Silt Fence
  SP-2A - Silt Fence Alternative    
  SP-2W - Winter-Frozen Ground Silt Fence
  SP-3 - Silt Fence Gravel Filter
  SP-4 - Earth Diversion Berm with Stone Outlet Filter 
  SP-6 - Gravel Interceptor Dike
  SP-9 - Temporary Stone Access Drive