The Water Resources Division (WRD), within the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), has the responsibility for reviewing applications and issuing permits for municipal wastewater collection and treatment facility construction on behalf of the director of the EGLE, under the authority of Part 41 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Act 451). The purpose of this permit is to assure that minimum design standards are met for the construction of wastewater collection and treatment facilities, provide effective wastewater treatment at public treatment facilities, to protect the public health, and prevent unlawful pollution.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
Wastewater Facilities Construction Permit or Part 41 Construction Permit
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 41, Sewerage Systems, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
Part 3, Sewerage System Plans and Specifications (R 299.2931 - 299.2945)
D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:
Construction or modification of public sewers, pumping stations (also called lift stations), force mains, and treatment plants. Public systems include any wastewater infrastructure serving more than one owner, including privately-owned systems that serve multiple owners.
Submit a completed permit application, basis of design, and detailed plans and specifications prepared and sealed by a professional engineer licensed in Michigan . Submittals are to be by or under authority of the owner seeking permit issuance. Applications shall be submitted in MiWaters. Instructions for this may be found at https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3313_71618_44117---,00.html.
Applicant must comply with all applicable rules and regulations, conditions of the NPDES discharge permit or groundwater discharge permit, and any stipulations set forth in the Part 41 permit.
None for routine. Varies for expedited reviews.
Appeal to the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules
The decision makers for this approval process are the Senior Engineers and District Supervisors in the WRD district offices; in situations where there is no Senior Engineer in the district office, the District Supervisor issues the permit. Part 41 permits will not be issued unless the discharge from the project is regulated under a discharge permit, either an NPDES permit or a state groundwater permit. When the discharge from the proposed facility or collection system goes to surface waters of the state, then an NPDES permit is required from WRD. This NPDES permit process has a formal and extensive public input process (see Chapter 5.2.1). For facilities and collection systems that discharge to groundwater, the public input process will be tied to either a state groundwater discharge permit (see Chapter 5.2.2) or a permit from the local health department. Extensive public input process can also be associated with the funding source for the project. For example, there is an extensive public input process as related to both State Revolving Fund and Economic Development Corporation funded projects.
E. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:
EGLE, Water Resources Division, Field Operations Section, Appropriate Water Resources Division District Office
Revision Date: July 2019