Michigan statute Part 91 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) regulates construction activities at certain sites in order to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation impacts to the property and surrounding area.  In general, a permit is required for any earth change that disturbs one or more acres, or is within 500 feet of a lake or stream.  Certain activities are exempted from permitting, such as plowing and tilling for crop production and some logging and mining activities.  Counties have the primary responsibility for permit issuance and oversight; however some cities, villages, and townships have also taken on permitting responsibility in their jurisdictions.

Significant fines and penalties can be levied for noncompliance with Part 91.  If you have received SESC violations or have any questions about the applicability of the SESC requirements to your property, please contact us.

Links of Interest:

Michigan’s SESC Statute (Part 91)

SESC Agencies