Since March 23, 2020, the normal environmental health land use services were restricted to those that were necessary to sustain or protect life or that were determined to constitute an imminent threat to public health. The issuance of Executive Order 2020-70 allows the broad reactivation of construction activity in Michigan after May 7, 2020.
Effective May 11, 2020
The following residential and commercial Environmental Health Land Use services will resume:
On-Site Sewage Permitting Services
Residential Construction Permits
Non-Residential Construction Permits
Septic Tank Only Permits
Water Supply Permitting Services
Residential Well Permit, Type I and Type III
Type II Well Permit
Type II Conversion Evaluations
Existing System Evaluations
Residential/commercial Existing System Evaluations
MDARD Review (Water and Wastewater)
Limited Real Estate Evaluations*
* Will not include water sampling or evaluation of interior water supply components or infrastructure.
Single Family Home Site
Non-Residential Site Evaluations
HDNW offices will remain CLOSED to the public. Applications can be applied for remotely with a credit card or dropped off (with payment) at any of our branch offices via drop box. Please call for any clarification of the application process; 1-800-432-4121.
Environmental Health Services and Safety Protocols
Due to the ongoing risks presented by potential COVID-19 transmission to our staff and to the community, environmental health services will be arranged, in advance of any site visits, so there are no unnecessary personal contacts, to the extent possible. The following is true for all Environmental Health field activities:
Please Note: To comply with the requirements of Public Act 53 of 1974 by the Michigan State Legislature for the Protection of Underground Facilities and to protect our employees' safety, HDNW will be having underground utilities flagged by Miss Dig for all Septic, Well, Existing System and Site Evaluations applications. This will delay all applications for four (4) business days to allow for utility marking.
All applications MUST have a physical address & property tax ID BEFORE we can accept the application.
Your permit application must be accompanied by the correct fee. Download the fee schedule for the county in which the property is located:
District Sanitary Code
Apply for this evaluation if you intend to remodel or otherwise change the water and septic requirements of your existing home or property. Use this form only if there is an existing system on the property and the demands on that system will be changing. Download the application: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet or Otsego County.
Apply for this evaluation if you are the buyer (or the buyer's lending institution) and you need to determine the adequacy of the water supply and sewage disposal system of a house for sale. The evaluation includes the determination of operation, capacity and size of the sewage disposal system and if the system reasonably meets sanitary code requirements. Water samples are collected for coliform bacteria and partial chemical analysis to determine well water quality. The well construction and isolation are reviewed and compliance and/or non-compliance with well construction rules is determined. Water well records are reviewed if available.
Note: There are well isolation requirements; click here for more information.
Download the application: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet or Otsego County.
Apply for this evaluation if you need to determine the suitability of vacant property for sewage disposal. This application is normally used for property buy/sell situations. Application for permits to install water well and septic system may be submitted by the new property owner following the closing of the sale of the property. Download the application: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet or Otsego County.
Apply for this evaluation if you are considering selling or purchasing real estate, and your township or municipality requires completion of this evaluation prior to sale, to ensure disclosure of all conditions that may affect or limit future property use and development. Check with your township or municipality to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding water and septic system evaluations. Download the application: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet or Otsego County.
A Noncommunity Water Supply (otherwise known as a "Type II"), consists of a water system that provides water for drinking or household purposes to 25 or more persons at least 60 days per year or has 15 or more service connections. A few examples are schools, restaurants, churches, campgrounds, industries and highway rest stops with their own water supply.
The Food Safety Program provides a number of services to ensure the proper handling and distribution of food served to the general public. This includes:
- Conducting inspections of restaurants, festival food booths, and mobile food vehicles
- Conducting investigations of food-borne illness complaints and outbreaks
- Providing Food Safety Education
- Conducting plan review for new facilities or the remodeling of an existing establishment
If you are a current food operator or need more information, our food inspectors can be very helpful in guiding you through the process.
Rhiannon Pomerville, CP-FS
Antrim Office : 231-533-1004
Jeremy Fruk, MSA, REHS
Charlevoix Office: 231-547-7660
Michele Mapes, CP-FS
Emmet Office: 231-347-4694
Emmet Office: 231-347-4102
Otsego Office: 989-732-6867
Food Service License Application
Plan Review Packet
These licenses are issued to events where a temporary food operation is established to prepare and serve food to the public for a limited time. The operation must adhere to all food safety principals and inspections are required to assure safety of the public and issuance of a temporary license for a specific location and length of operation. Applications for a temporary food license must be made 5 business days prior to the event, or a late fee will be assessed.
Temporary Application Form
The safe operation and maintenance of public swimming pools and spas are regulated and licensed by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). Annual inspections are conducted by the health department to assure these facilities are safe for the public and are meeting state requirements for proper operation.
For more information, visit Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) website.
Body art is becoming increasingly popular and the implementation of statewide requirements for body art facilities aims at decreasing the risk of transmission of bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Licenses are issued by MDHHS after a satisfactory inspection by local health department environmental health staff.
Information about Michigan's Body Art regulations, lists of approved facilities, licensing process or how to file a complaint may be found at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) website..
Michigan's Public Health Code and the administrative rules establish the requirements for building and operating a campground. A license from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is required to operate a campground in the State of Michigan, which requires annual inspection by the local health department. The health department conducts campground inspections for permanent campground facilities and issues temporary campground licenses, operating less than two weeks.
For information relating to the state campground program, visit Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) website.