Drain Use Permits

Drain Use Permits
A Drain Use Permit is required whenever working within the drain, or drain easements. Examples of activities requiring a permit include, but are not limited to: cleaning out, or dredging the drain, installing or replacing culvert crossings, and adding discharge pipes to the drain.

The Permit Application (PDF) must be completely filled out, and accompanied with a detailed plan or sketch outlining the proposed activity and a copy of the contractor's insurance certificate naming the Drain Commissioner and the drainage district as additionally insured. Your application will not be processed without the required information.

Anyone working within the legal right-of-way of an established county drain under the Drain Commissioner's jurisdiction needs a permit. The purpose of the permit process is to protect the drainage districts from activities that could be a detriment to the drain and add cost to that district in the future. This permit is under the authority of the Drain Code, Act 40 of1956 Michigan and the Clinton County Board of Commissioners by resolution.

Culvert Sizing
All culverts must be proper size and material set at the established drain bottom. New or approved materials to be used only. The Drain Commissioner shall set the size of the culvert, tile or pipe to be used.


Type Fee
Drain Use Permit Fee
Culvert Sizing Fee