Environmental Health Services

COVID-19 Protocols for Building Entry

Please keep in mind that during the COVID-19 additional restrictions are necessary during inspections and entry into buildings to keep both employees and clients safe. Please make sure that no building occupant is sick, has tested positive for COIVD-19, or is showing symptoms of the virus. Symptoms include fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, coughing, or difficulty breathing. If any of the answers are “yes”, please alert the sanitarian and the interior portion of the inspection will be rescheduled. During the inspection, the following conditions must also be met:

  • Social distancing must be adhered to throughout the site visit.
  • Keep the number of people located onsite at a minimum.
  • Building occupants should wear a face mask, if possible.
  • All pathways to inspection areas must be easily accessible and door must be open. This is to reduce “touch points” during the inspection.

To protect both client and employee health, if these requirements are not followed, the sanitarian will not proceed with the service and will leave the premises.

Permits & Evaluations

Failure to show up for an appointment may result in a $75 charge. Application fees are non-refundable upon initiation of any field activities. A $50 processing fee applies to all applications cancelled prior to field work.

Permits and site evaluations are valid for 2 years. Permits are non-transferrable.

Septic Services

Site Evaluation

Program to determine if property is suitable for a particular type of development, and suitable for on-site well and septic systems.


On-site Sewage Disposal

Required permit for installation of on-site sewage disposal (septic) systems. Application must include detailed site plan and floorplans if new construction.


Real Estate Evaluation

Inspection and evaluation of private or commercial well and septic systems, often required before selling an existing building.


Addition/Change of Use

Review of proposed construction/change of use projects and how they may impact existing water wells and onsite sewage disposal systems.


Subdivisions, Site Condominiums and Land Division Evaluation

An evaluation of a proposed division of land to be served by onsite wastewater disposal systems and/or individual water supply wells. The Michigan Land Division Act (Public Act 288 of 1967) requires that all divisions of land under one acre, subdivisions, and site condominiums be reviewed by the local health department.


Sewage Regulations


System Specifications




Well Services

Residential/Test Well/Irrigation/Geothermal Water Supply Permit

Required permit for installation of on-site water supply (well) systems.


Well Regulations & Guidelines


Type II Wells Public Supply Permit & Forms

A Type II non-community public water supply serves 25 or more people at least 60 days per year OR has 15 or more service connections.

Type II Well Permit
Operational Forms
Regulations and Guidelines

Information about Contamination in Kent County

Knowledge of contamination in the soils or groundwater near or on a property may factor into the public health decision making process when evaluating or issuing a permit for a property.

To learn more information about properties and their proximity to potential sources of contamination please click below.

https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/environmentalmapper/
This is an external link owned and maintained by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.