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FAQ: Land and Water Interface Project Permitting

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

FAQ: Land and Water Interface Project Permitting

The EGLE/USACE Joint Permit Application (JPA) covers permit requirements derived from state and federal rules and regulations for construction activities where the land meets the water. This JPA prevents duplication of state and federal permitting and provides simultaneous review for activities on or for: Wetlands, Floodplains, Dams, Inland Lakes and Streams, Great Lakes Bottomlands, Critical Dunes, Environmental Areas, and High Risk Erosion Areas.

  • The EGLE/USACE Joint Permit Application (JPA) covers permit requirements derived from state and federal rules and regulations for construction activities where the land meets the water. This JPA prevents duplication of state and federal permitting and provides simultaneous review for activities on or for: Wetlands, Floodplains, Dams, Inland Lakes and Streams, Great Lakes Bottomlands, Critical Dunes, Environmental Areas, and High Risk Erosion Areas. See Applicable Regulations page for more details on the related laws and rules.

    The applicant must submit the JPA through MiEnviro, our online permitting site. Instructions on how to fill out the JPA form online can be found here. Online payment of permit application fees is also submitted through MiEnviro. The status of applications ;as well as current Public Notice and Hearing Notices can be searched and viewed in MiEnviro.

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  • EGLE has developed the Does My Project Need a Permit guidance document to help determine if you need an EGLE permit for your project. If you do, a Joint Permit Application will need to be submitted through the MiEnviro online permit application site. You can visit the EGLE/USAOE Joint Permit Application webpage for more information on applying for a permit.

  • EGLE's Water Resources Division has transitioned to MiEnviro, a web-based permitting and compliance database.  In 2019, the application process became fully electronic and the application is a form in MiEnviro and will be submitted through the system. You will also pay application fees online using MiEnviro.

    Applications will be assigned in the system to District staff based on geographic location and project type (ex: Hydrologic Studies and Dam Safety Unit (HSDSU) and Transportation Review Unit (TRU)). Projects crossing District boundaries will typically be assigned to the District in which the majority of the work will be performed.

    • READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY! Check all the items on the instructions list prior to starting submission of the application. JPA online application submittal instructions.
    • Fully complete all required Sections. The application requires certain questions to be answered and will not allow submittal if not completed.
    • Provide the correct application fee determined in MiEnviro. The scope of the project you are applying for in your application will determine your fees and will be calculated by the application form. Payment must be submitted online using MiEnviro.
  • EGLE has a guidance document to help you identify what fees may apply and the various project categories.

  • If the proposed activity is in Section 10 Waters (Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, large navigable waters) a copy of the permit application will be sent to the Detroit District Office, US Army Corps of Engineers for processing at the federal level.  (www.lre.usace.army.mil/ or call 313-226-2218). Outside of Section 10 Waters, if the permit application requires federal review due to impact, it will be sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency for comment. 

  • Generally it will take from 30 to 90 days from the time we receive a complete application until a decision is made on your permit. Other factors include: 

    • The size and complexity of your project. 
    • The number of corrections and additional information that are required for your original application to be administratively complete. 
    • If the project requires a Public Notice or a Public Hearing. 
    • The season of the year, with spring and summer being the busiest. 
    • Correct application fee paid by check made out to the State of Michigan or by credit card within MiEnviro.  Refer to Permit Application Payment Options.
  • EGLE's Water Resources Division has transitioned to MiEnviro, a web-based permitting and compliance database.  MiEnviro can be used to check the status of your application. MiEnviro will send you notices when deadlines are approaching or information is required.

  • Application processing begins when the application is received.  Typically, review for administrative completeness begins within 0 to 14 days of receipt.  The completeness review time ranges from 0 to 45 days, depending on how complete the application is when submitted, and the need for additional information, clarification, or fees.  Once the necessary information is received, the application is processed as expeditiously as possible.  Some projects may be posted for a 20-45 day public notice period.

  • If during the application review process your application is determined to be incomplete, you will receive notification in MiEnviro and be contacted by phone, email or letter requesting clarification, amplification, or correction of the application or additional fees, if necessary.  More information may be required if the additional information provided is unclear inconsistent, or incomplete. You have a maximum of 30 days to provide all requested information to make the file complete, or the file will be closed due to administrative incompleteness.  Fees are not refundable. In some instances extension requests are available and you will be notified if this is the case.

  • Technical review time usually ranges from 1 to 90 days.  Processing times may be longer if a public notice is required or if a public hearing is held.  Staff will begin the technical review and conduct a site inspection once the application is determined to be administratively complete.  During the field inspection staff may determine that the application does not fully represent the proposed project and may contact you for additional information prior to making a permit decision.  Decision extension requests are available, if requested by the applicant.

  • Guidance and information is available online at EGLE/USACE Joint Permit Application Page.  Additionally, pre-application meetings are available.  You may contact your district office to make arrangements.

  • EGLE has Land and Water Interface staff assigned to each geographic area of the state who can be contacted with questions. However, you may want to hire an environmental consultant to assist you with your project. EGLE maintains a directory of environmental consultants as a service to Michigan business and residents.