Crossing, modifying or discharging storm water to a County Drain requires a permit from the Department of Public Services - Permit Office. Permits from other agencies may also be necessary. Adherence to the Wayne County Storm Water Management Ordinance is required.
County Interceptor Sewer
Connecting into or otherwise altering a County sanitary interceptor sewer requires a permit from the Department of Public Services - Permit Office.
Please submit a completed construction permit application with checklist, three sets of project plans with design computations, and the permit fee to the Permit Office:
Wayne County Department of Public Services
Engineering Division, Permit Office
33809 Michigan Avenue
Wayne, MI 48184-1738
(734) 595-6504 x 2008
Sewer Use Permit for a Sanitary Sewer Connection
Part 41 Construction Permit for Wastewater Facilities
The design and construction of wastewater facilities such as a sanitary sewer, pumping station, etc. in Wayne County may be governed by the County's Sewer Use Ordinance. A direct connection to a Wayne County sewer or a municipal sewer connection to a Wayne County sewer that discharges domestic or industrial wastewater directly or indirectly to a Wayne County sewer requires a written approval from Wayne County Department of Public Services and a construction permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). This permit is required under the authority of Part 41, Sewerage Systems, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. For more information, please visit the MDEQ web page for wastewater construction permits.
In order to assist the applicants to submit a complete permit application, a checklist that identifies the requirements of the Wayne County Sewer Use Ordinance and additional reference materials are listed below.
- Wayne County Sanitary Sewer Checklist Revised January 2018
- Wayne County's Sewer Use & Part 41 Permit Review Jurisdiction Revised January 2018
- MDEQ Construction Permit Application (Part 41) for Wastewater Systems Revised April 2014
- Wayne County Sewer Use Ordinance
- Rouge Valley Sewage Disposal System map
- Downriver Sewage Disposal System Map
- Northeast Sewage Disposal System Map
Applicants must submit at least three sets of engineering drawings and a MDEQ Permit Application for Wastewater Systems to Wayne County for review and approval. The Township or City Engineer having jurisdiction must first approve the engineering drawings and Permit Application for the project.
To avoid conflict of interest, the design engineer responsible for the design and drawings of the proposed wastewater facility shall not be the same as the municipality's designated representative to approve and execute the Part 41 Permit Application or the associated project design drawings with the basis of design calculations.
Sanitary Sewer Connection (Sewer Use Permit) Fee
The sanitary sewer plan review fee is $500 (base fee) plus $50 per 100 lineal feet or portion thereof of sewer to be constructed. The flow analysis and inspection fee will be determined during the plan review process. If required, flow analysis fee is $600 and the inspection fee will vary depending on the size of the project. Wayne County will notify the applicant if additional fees are required. Please make your check payable to Wayne County Department of Public Services.
Send the engineering drawings, MDEQ permit application and applicable review fee to:
Adil Siddiqi, Permit Engineer
Wayne County Department of Public Services
Environmental Services Group
Land Resource Management Division
3600 Commerce Court, Building E
Wayne, MI 48184
Phone: (734) 326-5591
Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) Wastewater Discharge Permit
All Industrial Users proposing to connect to or to discharge process wastewater, industrial wastes and other wastewater to the sewerage collection system tributary to the Downriver Waste Water Treatment Facility shall, at least 90 days prior to said connection, complete and submit an Industrial-Commercial Waste Questionnaire in the form prescribed by the Facilities Management Division - IPP, with a copy to the local community. The questionnaire shall serve as the permit application for obtaining a Wastewater Discharge Permit. The IPP staff shall evaluate the data provided by the User and commence the permit issuance process according to procedures approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Wastewater Discharge Permit Fee and Charges
The County shall collect charges and fees directly from the Industrial Users, in accordance with the User Fee Ordinance, to compensate the County for at least the following
- Annual Industrial Surveillance Fees - recover the cost of administering the permit and monitoring costs.
- Surcharges for compatible pollutants (BOD, TSS and P) discharged in excessive amounts as detailed in Article V, Section 3.04 of the Sewer Use Ordinance.
Fees will be calculated based on the conditions established by the IPP permit and the Management & Budget, DPS-ESG Finance Division, will bill permittee accordingly. If you have questions on the fees or would like information of how they are calculated please contact Matthew Best at the number provided below.
The above fees are separate from the sewage fees and non-residential user fees collected by the local municipality.
Submit completed Industrial-Commercial Waste Questionnaires to:
Sushy Valikodath, IPP Manager
Downriver Wastewater Treatment Facility
797 Central Avenue
Wyandotte, MI 48192-7307
Phone: (734) 285-7262
Fax: (734) 285-5248
Soil Erosion Permit and Application Information
Any earth change/disturbance over one (1) acre in size and/or within 500 feet of a water of the state, (lake, stream, wetland, drain) within Wayne County needs a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (S.E.S.C.) Permit. If the earth change/disturbance is in one of the communities Wayne County regulates (see table) then you MUST apply and have a Wayne County SESC permit issued before ANY earthwork can begin.
The Wayne County Permit Packages can be downloaded below. The Construction Permit Application is for any construction project whereas the Single Family Residence (S.F.R.) Permit Application is for the construction of a single home within an existing subdivision or a single home on a parcel of land.
- Construction Permit Information and Application Kit
- Construction Permit Renewal
- General Construction Fee Schedule
- Single Family Residence Permit Information and Application Kit
- Single Family Residence Permit Renewal
- Residential Construction Fee Schedule
- Transfer of Permit Responsibility
- SESC Standard Detail Sheet
- Frequently Asked Questions
Storm Water Management Ordinance
The Wayne County Storm Water Management Ordinance (Enrolled Ordinance No. 2006-1114A) and Administrative Rules (Resolution No. 2006-1114B) assist in compliance with the mutual requirements of the County, local government, and other public agencies under the federal Phase 2 NPDES storm water regulations. These requirements include the development, implementation, and enforcement of programs to manage storm water from new development and re-development. By managing storm water, we will help to minimize flooding problems, erosion, and loss of or damage to natural resources. A partnership between the County, local government, and other agencies who influence development and storm water management will ensure that such a program is effective.