Transfer Inspections

Permit transfers shall occur when ownership of a property subject to a permit under this ordinance is transferred, in whole or in part. To transfer a soil erosion permit, the transferor and transferee must both complete a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) transfer form application, submit it to the office within 30 days from the date of the original signatures on the application and pay the applicable transfer fees. 

Not less than 7 days prior to the property transfer, the SESC Program must be contacted to arrange for a site compliance inspection to determine what, if any violations exist on site so the transferor and transferee can be aware of any non compliance obligations that may be transferred.

Residential Transfer Fees

Minor Permit Transfer$100
Major Permit Transfer$150
Major Permit Transfer, over 10 acres$150 = $25/acre

Commercial Transfer Fees

Minor Permit Transfer$150
Major Permit Transfer$200
Major Permit Transfer, over 10 acres$200 + $50/acre

The SESC Program will conduct a permit transfer inspection and leave notice on site of the results of the transfer inspection, including any non compliance observed. The notice will also be mailed to the transferor and proposed transferee.


If the site is in noncompliance, the transferor is obligated to return the site to compliance and may be subject to fines and penalties for each violation for each day the violation continues to occur pursuant to Part 91 section 9121.

Should the transferee chose to move though with purchase of the property with identified noncompliance, the transferee assumes responsibility for all noncompliance that is occurring on the date of the property transfer and the transferee will be responsible for bringing the site into compliance and scheduling a re-inspection with the SESC Program.


If weather conditions do not allow for an appropriate transfer inspection prior to the transfer of the property, the transferor shall retain all liabilities under the Washtenaw County SESC Ordinance and for all Part 91 violations, including past due fees, costs or fines that are in existence prior to the date of transfer as determined by the Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, SESC Program.