Why does my project need a permit?
The purpose for really all landscaping permits is to protect the fresh water resources we have in Michigan.
If your home is located on the shoreline of our large lakes, like Lake Michigan, your property may be classified as a ‘critical dune’. These areas require additional permitting so that the shoreline can be protected, which has an enormous impact on our environment.
Permitting works from the top down. If your project needs state and federal permitting (EGLE permitting), this must be obtained first, before township or county will issue any permits. If you need a soil and erosion permit through the county, this must be obtained before your township will issue any of their permits.
To learn more about why shoreline restoration is so important, check out this blog.