What is an Environmental Features Setback?
From the edge of a wetland, there is a 25 foot setback where nothing may be disturbed without a Wetland permit/EFS permit. Please keep in mind that your property may also have a 100-year floodplain line that encroaches further than the regulated 25 foot environmental setback. Any work proposed within a 100-year floodplain will require a wetland permit.
When do I need a Soil Erosion Permit?
If you are disturbing the soil on your property (other than minor gardening), and the disturbed area is within 500 feet of a lake, stream, wetland, or other water course, or the disturbed area is more than an 1 acre in size, a soil erosion permit will be required.
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
Can I trim/cut trees on my property?
If you are located in a designated woodland and wish to cut any trees, you must contact the Environmental Department first. If you believe the trees are dead, dying, or diseased, and pose a safety threat to you, a staff member can come out and assess the situation. If the staff member determines the trees are not dead/dying/diseased, then you must apply for a woodland/wetland permit (depending where your property is). Any cutting of trees, shrubs, ground foliage, etc is not permitted inside of a designated woodland. The same applies to delineated wetland areas and the 25 foot environmental features setback line.
If your property is located outside of a designated woodland/delineated wetland/25 foot setback, the township does not regulate cutting/trimming of trees. However, you should check with your homeowner's association to make sure it is ok with them first.
How do I obtain a Wetland Permit?
How do I obtain a Woodland Permit?
Who is responsible for removal of dead trees on my property?
West Bloomfield Township does not provide a tree removal service. Tree removal, and all expenses are the responsibility of the homeowner. However upon request, a list of tree services in the area are available at Town Hall or online.
Who owns the preservation easement on my property?
It is just that, an easement. The township regulates what type of activities are allowed in that area, but it is the homeowner's responsibility to maintain this property within the guidelines. West Bloomfield Township does not own this property.
Wetlands, Woodlands, Soil Erosion