|Driveway Permit||Storm Sewer Tap Permit|
|Existing Driveway Permit||Curtain Drain Outlet Permit|
|Road Crossing Permits||Moving Permit|
In accordance with the Ottawa County Commissioners Resolution No. 07-88 dated October 8, 2007 and became effective January 1, 2008, any person desiring to install a driveway, culvert pipe or excavate along any County or Township Highway shall be required to obtain a driveway permit from the Ottawa County Engineer for said work. This permit is also used to install a culvert pipe for a field crossing in a public ditch, or to fill in a ditch across your property or along any public water course.
Only the property owner (applicant) may sign and pay for this permit.
Applicants must pay a $100.00 permit fee with the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office. This fee is to be paid by cash, check or money order.
Keep in mind that when installing a driveway or filling in a ditch along side any County or Township Highway, the Ottawa County Engineer will not allow surface water to be directed toward the road. This may create ponding of water on the roadway surface, which could create a safety hazard.
NOTE: Concrete driveways shall be kept back six foot (6′) from the edge of the road pavement.
Existing Driveway Permit
The construction of driveway entrances are to be completed using the Driveway Permit outlined above. However, there are occasions when a drive exists on a parcel and the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office cannot locate a permit for the original installation. For these instances we ask the property owner to complete an Existing Driveway Information Sheet. We use this information to verify the existence of the drive, then keep the information on file with the driveway permits for future reference.
There are no fees associated with this, and only the property owner may sign the form.
NOTE: Concrete driveways shall be kept back to the right-of-way limits.
Road Crossing Permit
New fee structure instituted as of August 1, 2014
In accordance with the Ottawa County Commissioners Resolution No. 97-03 dated January 2, 1997, and updated June 26, 2014, any person desiring to place a conduit under any County or Township Highway that necessitates cutting and/or digging the pavement and subgrades shall be required to obtain a permit from the County Engineer. A permit fee of $250.00 and refundable guarantee of $1,000.00 must be paid at time of application. The $1,000.00 guarantee can/will be held up to 12 months from the date of construction to assure that installation of the conduit, and assciated restorative work, result in no adverse conditions through the annual weather cycle. Evaluation of the restored conditions after 12 months will be conducted by the Ottawa County Engineer.
Only the property owners may pay for and sign for permits for this office. Please see the permit and attached information sheets for details regarding the fees and restoration processes.
Storm Sewer Tap Permit
In accordance with the Ottawa County Commissioners Resolution No. 97-03 dated January 2, 1997, any person desiring to work along any County or Township Highway shall be required to obtain a permit from the Ottawa County Engineer.
This permit is for anyone wishing to tap an existing storm sewer across his or her property with a storm, field or curtain drain tile. You do not need this permit to outlet your tile into an open ditch.
With this permit, there is no fee and only the property owner may sign the permit.
Curtain Drain Outlet Permit
This permit grants a property owner permission to use a ditch (or tile) as an outlet for a curtain drain from a sewage system. It is issued in conjunction with the Ottawa County District Board of Health.
The Ottawa County District Board of Health will prepare a site plan for the placement of your septic system and make a recommendation for the location of your outlet. A copy of this site plan has to be submitted to this office along with the Curtain Drain Outlet Permit.
If your outlet is going into an open ditch on your side of the road, you will not be required to obtain additional permits from this office. However, if you plan to cross the road and/or tap a tile, additional permits will be needed. For tapping a tile please see our section on Storm Sewer Tap Permit above. If you will be crossing a road please see our section on Road Crossing Permits above.
There are no fees associated with this permit and only property owners may sign the applications.
In accordance with the Ottawa County Commissioners Resolution No. 97-03 dated January 2, 1997, any person desiring to excavate along any County or Township Highway shall be required to obtain a permit from the Ottawa County Engineer for said excavation.
This permit is for those individuals desiring to work within the right-of-way limits of any County or Township Highway. Type of work includes dip out or cleaning of a road or public ditch, installing, repairing or upgrading any sanitary sewer, water, natural gas, oil or petroleum, electric, communications, irrigation, field or curtain drain tiles, cables, conduits or lines, catch basins or manholes and road pavements.
There is no fee for this permit and only the property owner may sign the application.
The Moving Permit is used to obtain permission to move a load/item across county and/or township roads that is over the legal size and/or weight limits. To request permission to make a move of this type, print the attached form, fill in all the information, and fax it to the Ottawa County Engineer’s Office at (419) 734-6768 or email it to [email protected]
The party that is conducting the move is the party to whom we will issue the permit. Their full name (or company name), mailing address, and phone number is required.
The route information needs to be detailed. Include road names, numbers, and direction of travel on each road. Start this information when the load enters Ottawa County and end where it leaves. If an Ohio Department of Transportation permit is obtained, please fax a copy of this along with your completed form.
Special requirements and or restrictions are noted at the bottom of our application. These restrictions, and how they apply to the move, will be considered when the application is reviewed for approval.