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Health Department
Health and Community Services
43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5235

Onsite Sewage (Septic) Systems


Please be advised that due to winter weather conditions and COVID response activities, the Macomb County Health Department, Environmental Health Division is placing a moratorium on the installation of new building construction installations of onsite sewage disposal systems. If an existing dwelling needs repairs to their septic system, this activity will still be permitted. This moratorium goes into effect on December 21, 2020. Questions may be directed to the Environmental Health Division at (586) 469-5236.


A significant portion of Macomb County relies on septic systems for sewage disposal. Proper design, installation, and maintenance is critical for the prevention of water pollution and communicable diseases caused by human waste.

To address these issues the Macomb County Health Department conducts the following services:

  • Evaluation of proposed building sites
  • Conduct soil evaluations ("perc" tests)
  • Issue septic system permits
  • Conduct inspections of septic systems
  • Investigate complaints of failing systems or improper sewage disposal

These services are provided for both single family dwellings and commercial or industrial buildings that generate less than 10,000 gallons of sewage per day. Sites that generate between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons of sewage per day are required to obtain permits from both the local health department and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information on septic systems click here.

For procedures on obtaining a soil evaluation click here.

For procedures on obtaining a septic system permit click here.

For service and permit fees click here.


If you have any questions, call us at 586-469-5236, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or E-mail us now.