Private Water Supply Wells

The Onsite Water Protection Section oversees the construction, repair, and abandonment of private water supply wells in Wayne County. The Wayne County Well Rules require the county to issue a permit showing the well location and an operations permit when the well is inspected. Three site visits are required in the permitting process. The site visits would include the following:
  • Locating well site and ensuring it meets all setbacks required by the state.
  • Inspecting the grout around the well casing during installation.
  • Inspecting final well head construction (wiring, seals and sampling port) and sample well water for testing. Notify owner of well sample results.
A Wayne County employee inspects a local well.
Requirements for Applying for a Well Permit
This policy addresses how to apply for a private water supply well permit through the Wayne County Health Department Environmental Health Office. The following application requirements are detailed in Wayne County Well Regulations.

Application Procedure
Applicant shall submit the following for a private water supply well permit:
  • Owner’s name
  • Owner’s mailing address
  • Owner’s phone number
  • Location of property
Site plan shall also include:
  • All easements, including utility easements
  • All structures or proposed structures, including but not limited to:
    • A residence
    • Decks
    • Driveways
    • Existing or proposed wastewater systems
    • Existing or proposed wells, springs, or water lines
    • Out buildings
    • Pools
    • Porches
  • Any surface waters or designated wetlands, chemical or petroleum storage tanks above or below ground.
There is $200 fee for the private water supply permit.