Campground Operating License

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The Campgrounds and Pools Unit (CPU), within the Drinking Water and Enviromental Health Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), issues the annual license required to operate a campground. This license is required when more than 4 recreational units are occupied on a parcel.


Annual Campground License


Section 333.12508, Campground license, Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978, as amended.


The requirements set forth in Michigan's Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368, as amended, and the administrative rules adopted pursuant to the act apply to this annual license. The act and administrative rules may be viewed at the campground program website


 1.  Applicability (activities that require the permit)

"Campground" means a parcel or tract of land under the control of a person in which sites are offered for the use of the public or members of an organization, either free of charge or for a fee, for the establishment of temporary living quarters for 5 or more recreational units. A license is required to operate a campground.

 2.  Pre-Application Requirements

To secure a license to operate a campground, an application, which is supplied to campground owners/operators annually by EGLE, shall be submitted to the EGLE Cashier's Office along with the appropriate license fee. Before an application for a campground license is approved, EGLE or the local health department shall determine that the campground contains facilities which meet the requirements prescribed under the statutory requirements for campgrounds. Licenses are available for a one-year, two-year, or three-year period.

 3.  Application Submission Requirements

The application for a campground license is preprinted by the CPU, EGLE. The applicant needs to review this information to ensure names, addresses, telephone numbers, number of campground sites, and number of campground facilities is accurate. The applicant needs to make appropriate corrections, sign the application, and submit it to the EGLE Cashier's Office at the address provided on the application.

 4.  Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval

The applicant needs to address any items of noncompliance noted on the annual inspection report to ensure a license can be issued or address any other items of noncompliance noted by EGLE. The campground license applications (EQP 1707) are mailed in October of each year, and the applicant should return the completed application before the end of December. EGLE will begin issuing licenses in January of each year. If the application is submitted after December 31, then a late fee of $100 will be added to the license fee. The goal of EGLE is to have 90% of the licenses issued by the end of January of each year.

 5.  Operational Requirements

The campground owner or manager needs to monitor the campground daily to ensure all facilities are in working order and good repair, and that the campground is maintained in a clean and orderly fashion. Specific operating requirements are contained in the campground inspection report (EQP 1715), and can be viewed at the campground program website

 6.  Fees

The licensing fee varies with the number of campground sites as indicated. Most local health departments have an inspection fee for campgrounds under authority of this statute. A late fee of $100 is added if the application is submitted after December 31. Under Michigan's Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended, an annual fee may be assessed for the campground's water supply system. There also may be an annual fee for the campground's wastewater system under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The fee for an annual campground license changes every three years, in accord with the Consumer Price Index. For the years 2008 through 2010, the fees are as follows:

Number of Campground Sites


License for up to 25 sites


License for 26 - 50 sites


License for 51 - 75 sites


License for 76 - 100 sites


License for 101 - 500 sites


License for more than 500 sites


 7.  Appeal Process

A campground licensee will be given an informal conference to appeal any intended action by EGLE to revoke or deny the campground license; and, if appropriate, a hearing under the Administrative Procedures Act, 1969 PA 306, as amended, will be held where the intended license revocation or denial may also be appealed. A licensee aggrieved by a decision to revoke the campground license may appeal to the courts.

 8.  Public Input Opportunities

EGLE issues the annual campground licenses and a person may contact the CPU to obtain information regarding the status of licensure for any campground. A person may submit information or file a complaint with the local health department or the CPU regarding any campground.


Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7773

  • Program Phone: 517-241-1340


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