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Erosion & Sediment Control

When Does This Permit Apply?

An Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Permit is needed for any soil disturbance on any land used or being developed on for non-agricultural purposes within the unincorporated areas of Lorain County and may include:

  • A single-family residential home with soil disturbance of 1 acre and greater.

  • A residential lot that is located within an already developed subdivision (can be less than 1 acre).

  • Any lot that has previously completed a lot split, creating 2 or more buildable parcels.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for an ESC Permit, all of the following items must be submitted to Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District at the time of application:

  • Completed Erosion & Sediment Control Application form.

  • Applicable fees (cash or check only made out to "Lorain County Commissioners") - based on acres disturbed, typically $50 Plan Review Fee and $360 2-Year Permit Coverage and Monthly Inspection Fee ($410 total).

  • Ohio EPA NPDES NOI - if your site disturbance is greater than 1 acre.

  • Site plan that outlines the limits of soil disturbance, location of structures, setbacks, and installation location of best management practices. Electronic and paper copies need to be submitted. 

  • Verification of compliance with other applicable permits.

  • If your property is located within a Common Plan of Development, you may require additional permits from the Lorain County Engineer Office.

The completed application packet can be submitted in person or by mail to:

42110 Russia Road, Elyria, OH 44035

Please see below for additional items that may help with the Erosion & Sediment Control Permit application process.

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Lorain County Watersheds

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BMP brochure

For any questions regarding Lorain County's Erosion & Sediment Control Rules,

please call Jack Fisher, Stormwater Specialist at 440-326-5808 or email

For any questions regarding Lorain County's Comprehensive Storm Water Management Program Regulations, contact the Lorain County Engineers at 440-329-5584.

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