Permits - Well & Septic

Check with your township before applying for a well or septic permit to make sure a municipal system is not available. 


To have a well and/or septic permit issued, you will need the following: 

Additional Well Forms

Commercial Buildings

You can submit an application and forms via email to or fax 517-788-4616 but will then need to call and make payment with a card over the phone, or come in or mail all your information to: 

Jackson County Health Department
Environmental Health Division

1715 Lansing Ave, Room 001

Jackson, MI 49202 

After you have applied and paid for your permit(s) AND a well site evaluation and/or septic soil evaluation has been performed, the permits can be issued. The sanitarian will issue the permits based on the information gathered in the evaluations. Once issued a clerk will email, fax or mail the permits to the homeowner or applicant. The homeowner and/or applicant should get the permits to the installer(s). A copy of permits should stay on site until the project is complete.

Septic systems must be installed by a licensed installer.

You can check the status of an installer by calling the Environmental Health Division at 517-788-4433. After the installation but before the completion of a septic system installation, a sanitarian must inspect the system to make sure it is in compliance with the permit. After a sanitarian does this inspection a septic final will be completed, filed and mailed to homeowner.

Well systems must be drilled by a licensed installer


You can check the status of an installer by looking at the State’s website at It is recommended the pump also be installed by a licensed installer although it is not required.

To finalize a well the Environmental Health office will need: 


  • Prior notification of on-site drilling
  • Prior notification of pump setting
  • Proper well location and construction
  • Well Log – Installer has 60 days to submit to well logic or health department
  • Pump Record – Installer has 60 days to submit
  • Safe coliform bacteria water sample done by a State Certified lab (see Water Testing tab)
  • Well Abandonment Log (if applicable) - 60 days after completed to submit

Once the office receives all necessary information the sanitarian will review the information and finalize all paperwork. Notification and paperwork will be sent to the homeowner once completed.

Permit Extension

If an extension of a permit is needed, a request can be made to our office to extend the permit for up to one additional year.