Engineering Review Process

Engineering Review Process

After a proposed development receives site plan approval, an application is submitted for the Engineering Review Process.

The submittal is reviewed and ultimately approved by the Engineering Department which is a division of the Planning & Development Services Department.  The Engineering Department is committed to customer service.  We want to help your project succeed in a timely fashion.  Therefore, we offer a concierge-style approach to guide you through the review process.  If we don’t have the answer, we will certainly help you obtain it.  We encourage you to reach out to us for assistance with the following:

        • Application submittal and requirements
        • Contact with the contractual engineer as well as township departments and staff.
        • Keeper of records including correspondence, reviews and inspections.
        • Escrow Management
        • Obtaining township standard forms and language
        • Utility Dedication
        • Notary Service

Getting Started: You will need a Plan.  More specifically, plans that are in accordance with Township Ordinances and no larger than 24" x 36".  Please review the ordinances prior to submitting plans to assure compliance with the various provisions. To review the ordinances, simply click on the links below: 
Chapter 24 - Water Supply & Sewage Disposal Systems
Chapter 8, Article WIII - Grading & Drainage   Article XV - Soil Erosion

Application Submittal: You will need a completed application for review, six (6) sets of plans and an engineers costs estimate (signed and sealed).
Engineering Review Process Application

Plan Review Fees: Plan review fees are based on the cost of the project as specified in the engineers cost estimate.  The minimum fee will be $750.00.  Plan review fees are required for distribution of your plans for review.  (HINT -  submitting the $750.00 minimum will release your plans for review.  If your project exceeds $37,500.01 or more, following approval of the engineers cost estimate, the additional fees may be submitted. However, failure to submit the additional payment may hold up the release of your review.) 
Engineering Fee Schedule

Plan Review Process: Plans are distributed to the appropriate township departments based on the scope of your project.  Most plan reviews require a minimum of fourteen (14) business days.  The Townships Engineer shall review and approve all plans and specifications for compliance with said ordinances.  Once the engineer has completed her review, a Construction Review Letter will be forwarded to all parties on the submitted application via email.  If revisions are necessary, the Plan Review Process will recommence.
(HINT - Review the Ordinances prior to submittal!  Complete plans requiring limited or no revisions will expedite the process)

Approvable Plans: Once the township is in receipt of approvable plans, Construction Letter One will be forwarded via email.  This letter will introduce you to permitting requirements with the appropriate agencies for approval and construction permits.  Construction Plans (full and/or abridged) will be requested and distributed to the appropriate permitting agencies.

Construction Approval Requirements: Pending approval and construction permits from the various agencies, the township will begin to prepare you for a Pre-Construction Meeting.  Construction Letter Two will be forwarded via email.  This letter will specify the applicable items that must be submitted prior to scheduling the Pre-con.

Pre-Construction Meeting: A Pre-Con is required prior to the onset of construction.   All parties, including utility companies, township staff, contractor(s), owner(s), engineer etc. will be encouraged to attend.  Project contact information and meeting minutes will be made available to all attendees.

Please refer to the Engineering Review Process Packet for Information regarding Application, Plan Review, Construction, Utility Dedication and close out.  If you have questions at any point during the process, please contact us.  Engineering/Development Services: 248.451.4818

Correspondence:  Planning & Development Services
                              Attn: Kathy Sederlund
                              4550 Walnut Lake Road
                              West Bloomfield, MI  48325

Direct Contacts for Engineering Submittals, Please send all correspondence, including email to both: 

Kathy Sederlund, Planning & Development Services Office Manager
Township Engineer, DLZ Michigan, a Johnson & Anderson, Inc Company