Natural Resources Permitting

Do I need a permit?  

It's one of the most common questions we receive from clients.  Fortunately, we have the answers for all natural resources permitting requirements.  Whether your concerned with shoreline or sand dune erosion, floodplains, wetlands, inland lakes and streams, rivers, or even Lake Michigan, Prism can help.  

Prism navigates the permitting process required by local governments, state departments, and federal agencies that impact your projects.  Our team prepares all of the required permit applications and supporting assessments, inspections, surveys, and reports.


Floodplain Permitting

Dual permitting from state and federal sources is required for any construction activity within a pre-determined floodplain area.  During the floodplain permit process, we work with property owners and regulatory permitting offices to ensure all variables are considered and understood during application submittal and potential subsequent negotiations.

High Risk Erosion Area Permitting

After an assessment is performed, a property owner may elect to apply for a permit to reduce the required setback from a high erosion area.  Permitting collaboration with state officials is typically required to review existing conditions and long-term erosion risk.  A permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is required for the construction of a seawall or revetment to mitigate erosion.

Critical Sand Dune Permitting

A permit is required by the state for any parcel within the protected Critical Dune Area under Michigan Part 353 regulations to ensure that no slopes greater than 33-degrees are impacted.  If impact is proposed on these slopes, a special exception permit is required by the state.  In addition, some local units of government also play a primary role in permitting, depending upon the location.

Wetland Permitting

State and federal permitting requirements apply for development activities proposed that are within a regulated wetland.  Prism provides wetland assessments prior to determining the need for a permit.  Our wetland assessment service considers the presence of wetland indicators, wetland soils, wetland vegetation, and groundwater hydrology to help determine wetland status.