New Business Startup and EGLE Permit Resources

Permit Information Checklists:

Perform an initial evaluation with the EGLE Permit Information Checklist. The checklist contains “yes” and “no” questions to help identify the types of activities at the proposed facility that require permits from EGLE.

Sector Permit Checklists: If your business is specific to the following operations, please utilize the checklist below.

If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Assistance Center (800-662-9278 or for a program specialist. You can also contact the program directly (phone numbers are included on the checklist to assist in this regard).  If you have any questions, please contact the Permit Coordination program through our Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.


Image of cover of the Michigan Guide to Environmental, Health, and Safety RegulationsAnother reference is the Michigan Guide to Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulations. This guidebook was written by EGLE, in cooperation with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to assist manufacturers with regulations. The 2018 guidebook can be found​ online at



Various cities work with the EGLE’s Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program. If the site under consideration is a brownfield (old industrial site or site of environmental contamination), consider calling the city to investigate incentives. When calling a city, ask for the Brownfield Authority or similar office.


Consider contacting the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to see whether their incentives and services may assist in your new venture. They may also be able to assist with other permits that may be necessary through other executive departments within the State of Michigan. Customer Service can be reached at 517-373-9808. They also have a chat function through the web at In addition, small business resources can be obtained from the Small Business Resource Center website or email at


Once your business is settled in Michigan, EGLE offers other valuable business assistance programs, including:


Laws typically provide parties with the opportunity to administratively challenge EGLE's permit decisions. The following describes remedies available to the permit applicant, as well as third parties, that have suffered or could suffer an injury as a result of the decision.

Permit Applicant Review
If a permit applicant is having a dispute with EGLE during the application process, they can petition the EGLE Director to intervene. If the Director cannot resolve the issue, then the Director selects and convenes a three-member panel that meets with the applicant and EGLE staff. The panel provides a recommendation back to the Director. For more information, go to the Environmental Permit Review Commission Web site.

Contested Case
A number of regulatory programs administered by EGLE provide the right to a contested case hearing. A person with standing, including the permit applicant, can contest a permit decision made by EGLE. For more information about filing a petition for a contested case, go to the Administrative Procedures Web site.

Review of a Final Decision of a Contested Case
Should there be a contested case regarding a permit decision, an Administrative Law Judge shall preside over and issue the final decision and order. Any party to the contested case may, within 21 days of the final decision, seek review of that decision by an independent Contested Case  Review Panel. For more information, go to the Environmental Permit Review Commission Web site.