Permits

Did You Know?

  • The Sewer and Water Department maintains over 346 miles of water mains, 217 miles of sanitary sewer, 40 miles of combined sewers and 240 miles of storm sewers.

  • Streets and Highways maintain over 247 mile of local and major roads within the limits of Southfield.

  • The Sewer and Water Department delivers clean dependable drinking water and disposes of it for less than a penny per gallon.

  • A dripping faucet can waste 3 gallons of water a day.

  • A leaking toilet can waste 25,000 gallons per month.


 

 

The City charges the following fees for construction-related permits, inspections and reviews.

Right of Way Permits

Sidewalk $0.25/square foot *
Driveway approach $0.25/square foot *
Curb cut $35.00 each
Culvert/Ditch Enclosure $50.00 each
Storm Sewer Tap $50.00 each
Road Restoration Cash Bond $2,000.00

*There is a minimum charge of $25.00 for Engineering permits.
Right of Way permits can be obtained in person at the Engineering Department .

Soil Erosion Permit- Chapter 49
Chapter 49 Application Form (pdf) to be submitted with plans

New Construction:

Parking Lot Reconstruction:

  • $250.00 review fee
  • $1,000.00 cash bond
  • $1000.00 inspection deposit
  • 4 sets of approved soil erosion control plans
  • Completed Ch. 49 Soil Erosion Application

Demolitions*:

  • $50.00 review fee
  • $500.00 inspection deposit
  • 4 sets of approved soil erosion control plans
  • Completed Ch. 49 Soil Erosion Application

* Demolition permit obtained from Building Department

Utility Permits

Utility installations within the City require a permit from the Engineering Department. The review fees are as follows:

2.0% of the estimated cost of construction with a minimum of $250.00
$1,000.00 - $10,000.00 cash bond prior to approval for each permit

Sanitary Discharge permit required for Groundwater Remediation

Monitoring Wells & Soil Borings

Utility installations within the City require a permit from the Engineering Department.

$250 review fee, no bond

3 sets of plans indicating existing utilities, property lines, street names, addresses, location map and bore locations with a cover letter

Telecommunications Permits

Upon Council's approval of an agreement with a telecommunications company, the Engineering Department reviews detailed plans for all installations within rights-of-way. Per the City's Telecommunications Ordinance No. 1453 (pdf), permits are issued with the following fee schedule:

$1,000.00 - $10,000.00 cash bond prior to approval for each permit