The County reserves the right to conduct compliance inspections on all sites requiring a soil erosion permit or waiver.
- Preliminary Inspections
- Maintenance Inspections
- Transfer Inspections
- Final Inspections
Prior to permit issuance, a SESC Officer will conduct an on-site inspection.
Upon inspection, staff will evaluate the proposed erosion control plan which may require modifications before issuing the permit.
Staff will notify the applicant if modifications to the application and/or erosion control plan are required prior to permit issuance.
Once a soil erosion permit has been issued, site maintenance inspections are performed until projects are permanently stabilized and a Certificate of Completion has been issued.
Maintenance Inspection Schedule
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At minimum inspection will occur every other month, throughout the duration of the permit.
At minimum Inspections will occur on a monthly basis, throughout the duration of the permit.
The maintenance inspection schedule does not include transfer inspections, re-inspections, final inspections, or enforcement.
If a property has changed ownership since the SESC permit has been obtained, the permit mist be transferred to the new property owner.
A site inspection will occur before the permit is transferred to the new owner. The site must be in compliance with existing SESC plan guidelines before a transfer can occur.
Re-inspections will occur if a site is found to be in non-compliance.
The permit holder will be notified if a re-inspection is needed.
The on-site notice will include all items that need to be fixed and the date by which all corrections shall be completed.
Additional fees will be assessed for each re-inspection of the site. See the Washtenaw County Soil Erosion Program Fee Schedule (PDF) for further information.
Re-inspection can occur if:
- Control measures are not installed per the approved erosion control plan
- Control measures are not installed correctly
- Control measures are not properly maintained and functioning properly.
Above is an example of a catch basin that is not properly protected. This would result in a notification and reinspection.
The following requirements must be met for the closure of a soil erosion permit:
- All disturbed areas are permanently stabilized* in a manner to prevent soil movement or loss from erosive forces such as rain, ice, gravity or wind;
- Any temporary soil erosion and sedimentation controls have been removed; and
- All permanent erosion control measures are in place and maintained and the site has been established per the approved soil erosion and sedimentation control plan.
- Additionally, commercial permits shall schedule a final site inspection with the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Program. The inspection will consist of a walk-through of the site to insure the site has met the permit requirements.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued by the SESC Program when a site is permanently stabilized and all applicable fees have been paid.
*Permanent stabilization will indefinitely prevent soil movement. This can be achieved by growing grass or other vegetation, installing sod, or laying gravel. The proper covering of soil ensures its resistance to soil erosion, sliding, or other earth movements.
See our Methods of Stabilization (PDF) for further information.