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Do you need a permit for pond digging.



The loaded question, do I need a permit. In most cases it is 50/50 chance weather you need a permit or not. If you are digging a new pond I usually always call the local township and see if there is a permit needed. The MDEQ should be contacted if and when there are wet lands involved.

> 500 feet of a lake or stream

>Within a regulated wet land

>Within a 500 year flood plain

>5 surface acres are bigger

A permit could take up to 3 months to get, but sometimes come in as quick as 30 days with help from Schlicht Excavating. We work with the MDEQ and know most of them on a personal level. If you are just simply cleaning out an existing pond a permit is not needed we just call that a renovation.

You can contact MDEQ at 517-373-9244. You can apply for the permit yourself or contact our firm at 810-845-6070 for assistance.


I have low land maybe 3 acrers or more would like to fill in the land to expand for future or devolpe it? 
Have a friend that owns 40 acreas and could put in a large pond for exchange for the low land for wild life.  
Can this be done? and what is the first steps. 
Can this be something that can be done? need your advice and more information. 
Posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:45 PM by Pat violette
I own 11 acres roughly. 5 are smooth, 6 are rough. its low land right next to a prarie whic has some water in it I want to put in a pond about 60-80 feet in diameter, and about 10-15 feet deep for swimming, fishing, etc. where/how do i found out how to get a permit for that and how much would a permit cost for that.
Posted @ Monday, February 02, 2015 6:31 PM by Ian Mueller
Interesting post! It’s too much informative to build a pond. Keep blogging! 
click here for technicals 
Posted @ Thursday, July 16, 2015 2:32 AM by Liza
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