New Business Startup and MDEQ Permits
MDEQ Resources for New Business Start-ups
Permit Information Checklists:
Perform an initial evaluation with the DEQ Permit Information Checklist. The checklist contains “yes” and “no” questions to help identify the types of activities at the proposed facility that require permits from the DEQ.
Sector Permit Checklists: If your business is specific to the following operations, please utilize the checklist below.
Permit Information Checklist for Farming Operations (pdf - new April 2014)
Permit Information Checklist for Schools (Word document)
If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Assistance Center (800-662-9278 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for a program specialist. You can also contact the program directly (phone numbers are included on the checklist to assist in this regard). If you have any questions, please contact the Permit Coordination program through our Environmental Assistance Hotline at 800-662-9278.
Another reference is the Michigan Guide to Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulations. This guidebook was written by the DEQ, in cooperation with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to assist manufacturers with regulations. The 2018 guidebook can be found online at www.michigan.gov/ehsguide.
Various cities work with the DEQ’s Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program. If the site under consideration is a brownfield (old industrial site or site of environmental contamination), consider calling the city to investigate incentives. When calling a city, ask for the Brownfield Authority or similar office.
Consider contacting the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to see whether their incentives and services may assist in your new venture. They may also be able to assist with other permits that may be necessary through other executive departments within the State of Michigan. Customer Service can be reached at 517-373-9808. They also have a chat function through the web at www.michigan.org/medc. In addition, small business resources can be obtained from the Small Business Resource Center, 800-946-6829 or email at MEDCServices@michigan.org.
ONCE YOU GET SETTLED:
Once your business is settled in Michigan, the MDEQ offers other valuable business assistance programs, including: