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Policies/Procedures - Introduction

The Saginaw County Road Commission has adopted several policies to help protect and maintain our county road system.  Policies were developed to ensure public safety, facilitate smooth traffic flow and protect our communities' most precious resource, the environment.  Please help us maintain our road system by following our adopted policies and obtain the proper permit for work performed in the road right of way.   A complete list of permits is located in the "Permits" section of this web site.

Select one of the following categories to learn the provisions of a given policy and the type of permit needed to construct, operate, maintain, use and/or remove anything in the road right-of-way.

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 Abandonment

Abandonment of Roadway Jurisdiction

Any road, public or private, not under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw County Road Commission can be abandoned if all affected owners agree to abandon the roadway.  If it is determined that said owners wish to abandon jurisdiction of a roadway, a petition must be filed with the Saginaw County Road Commission.   The Board of Saginaw County Road Commissioners has the right to accept or reject jurisdiction over any roadway. 

Instructions

Download the following petition, fill out, obtain signatures by all affected parties and then get the petition notarized.  Submit completed petition with payment to the Saginaw County Road Commission.  All submitted petitions will be reviewed by the Board of County Road Commissioners to determine if the Saginaw County Road Commission will accept or reject jurisdiction over the roadway.

Abandonment Petition

    Abandonment Petition

Cost

   $500 (Plus any Non-Typical Legal Fees)

 
 Addressing

The purpose of the county wide addressing policy is to establish standards for assigning numbers to all dwellings, principal buildings, businesses and industries; and to assist emergency management agencies, the United States Postal Service and the public in the timely and efficient maintained provision of services to residents and businesses of Saginaw County.  These policies are designed to eliminate addressing confusion and to create a standard system by which addresses may be assigned and maintained going forward.  Changes to existing addresses will only be made when non-conformity interferes with the accurate dispatch of emergency vehicles or postal delivery as outlined in the address change section of the standards.  These changes will be made when the existing property changes ownership.  Please refer to the Saginaw County Addressing Policy for the complete rules and regulations for addressing assignment.  (Note: The Saginaw County Addressing Policy was created to define a set of standards for all addressing instances in accordance the Saginaw County Addressing Ordinance.)

Instructions

Download the following application, fill out and submit to the Saginaw County Road Commission with copies of the four items listed below.

REQUIRED INFORMATION/DOCUMENTS

  1. Proof of ownership.  (Copy of deed or current tax bill - must have completed legal description)
  2. Current tax identification number.
  3. Survey showing the location of principal buildings driveway.  (Site Plan if survey is unavailable)
  4. A $60.00 fee for each address requested.  (Cash or Checks payable to the Saginaw County Road Commission)

Addressing Application

    Addressing Form

Cost

    $60.00 (each address)

 
 Banners

 

  1. A permit for the hanging of banners, decorations or similar objects over the traveled way of a county road in the Saginaw County road system shall be issued only if requested by an authorized official designated by a resolution of the governing body of the city, incorporated village or township in which the road lies.  The designated official shall submit a copy of the resolution authorizing him to make such a request when the request is made.
  2. All banners, decorations or similar objects overhanging the traveled way of a road shall be securely fastened.  The method of fastening, points of fastening, materials used in fastening and supporting the banner, decoration, etc. shall be outlined in the request and the County Highway Engineer shall have the privilege of examining the site and details of fastening before recommending to the Board of County Road Commissioners whether to grant the permit or not.
  3. Any banner, decoration, etc., shall have its lowest point a minimum of 18 feet above the traveled way of the road.

Instructions

Download the Right-of-Way Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant information, road and location (between what two streets), township, a brief description of the type of banner to be installed and information on how the banner will be secured.  Sign the application and either send or bring to the Road Commission with payment along with any special installation instructions and/or drawings.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

     Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $30.00 plus $1,000,000.00 liability insurance

 Commercial Driveway

Definition

Any driveway providing access to land which is used for industrial or commercial purpose shall be deemed to be a commercial driveway.  The intent of designating a use as industrial and commercial is to define those users which induce heavier traffic flow than residential use and to provide for wider access and more durable surface to handle heavier traffic.  In the event of a dispute over whether or not a specific use shall be designated commercial or not, the County Highway Engineer shall make the final decision.

Width

All commercial driveways shall meet the roadway per drawing numbers DW2 and DW3 which specify the widths of different types of commercial drives.  (See Part 6 of Full Specification Manual which pertains to Commercial Driveways)

Location

  1. No portion of a commercial driveway, including the curve which meets the traveled portion of the roadway, shall extend beyond the property line of the adjoining parcel of property extended at right angles to the center line of the right-of-way from the point where the property line meets the right-of-way line.
  2. No portion of a commercial driveway, including the curve which meets the traveled way, shall be located closer than 50 feet to the nearest right-of-way of an intersecting road or street.

Angled Driveways

When the property owner wishes to construct a commercial driveway at other than 90 degrees to the center line of the roadway to facilitate ingress and egress traffic, the near driveway on the right as approaching shall not have less than a 45 degree angle with the centerline of the road and the far driveway on the right as approaching shall not have an angle of less than 60 degrees with the centerline.

Joint Driveways

When both property owners abutting a common property line agree they may construct a joint commercial driveway which shall meet the same rules regarding width as all other commercial driveways and all of the rules regarding location of commercial driveways except that pertaining to location in regard to property lines.

Surfaces

All commercial drives along uncurbed streets or roads shall be surfaced with asphalt from the edge of the traveled portion of the road to the right-of-way line.  Commercial drives along curbed streets shall be surfaced with asphalt or concrete from the back of the curb to the right-of-way line.  Variance from these lengths may in exceptional circumstances be approved by the County Highway Engineer.

General

The Board of County Road Commissioners does not have jurisdiction over the use or arrangement of buildings and facilities on private property.  However, it will not issue permits for parking on the right-of-way at right angles to the building off the right-of-way nor will it issue permits for the stopping of vehicles on the right-of-way at a gasoline service pump.  Therefore, it is recommended that the property owner place any building to which he wishes to park at right angles at least 30 feet from the right-of-way line and to place gasoline pump islands at least 14 feet from the right-of-way line.

Instructions

Please download the following document and fill out the following areas: contractor information, road, location (between what two roads), township, period of construction and a brief description of the work to be completed along with any plans and specs.  Sign the application and either send or bring to the Road Commission with payment and attachments.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

    Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $100.00 First Approach and $50.00 Each Additional Approach

 

 General Construction

Construction Permits (Underground)

A permit is required to perform any kind of construction work or utility connection in the road right-of-way of the Saginaw County Road System.  In addition to the conditions and restrictions of the Right-of-Way Permit, there is a Supplemental Construction Specification list which has to followed for any underground construction. 

Instructions

Please download the following Right-of-Way Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant and contractor information, road and location (between what two streets), township, time period for construction and a brief description of the work to be done indicating one of the construction types listed below.  Once completed, send (or bring) completed form to the Saginaw County Road Commission with correct payment.  Please review special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

    Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $200.00 Road Crossing - Open Cut - Paved Road

     $200.00 Road Crossing - Open Cut - Gravel Road

       $50.00 Road Crossing - Bore

       $50.00 Sewer Service (Sanitary or Storm Connections) - No Cut

       $35.00 Water Service (Connection) - No Cut

 

 Ditch Closure

Ditch Closure - General Rules

  1. Wherever there is an existing ditch or the Board of County Road Commissioners or its agents install a ditch prior to the construction of any type of driveway, the County Highway Engineer shall determine whether or not a culvert is required and if so the size (diameter) and length of culvert required, and the property owner shall furnish and install the culvert so determined.
  2. Culverts shall be installed at the distance off centerline and grade designated by the County Highway Engineer.
  3. All culverts shall be constructed of C-14 concrete pipe, corrugated metal pipe of the proper gauge or better material.  (See Rules Governing the Granting of Permits for Driveways, Banners and Parades in the Saginaw County Road System in the Special Instructions of this page.)
  4. If the property owner wishes to use alternate culvert material, the County Highway Engineer shall determine whether the material is equal to or better than those listed before purchasing and installing.
  5. The driveway shall be constructed so that the highway drainage is not adversely affected by the driveway.  The drainage and the stability of the highway sub grade shall not be altered by driveway construction or roadside development.
  6. Drainage from adjacent parking or storage areas on private property in excess of existing drainage shall not be discharged into the highway drainage system.

Special Cases

In the event the property owner wishes to fill an island area between two driveways in order to landscape, the County Highway Engineer shall recommend what special structures are required (e.g. additional paved lanes, catch basins, curbing, etc.) and final approval shall rest with the Board of County Road Commissioners.

Instructions

Download the Right-of-Way Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant information, contractor information (if applicable), road and location if different than the applicants address, township and a brief description of the work to be done and materials to be used in construction.  Sign the application and either send or bring to the Road Commission with payment.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

    Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $50.00

 

 Farm Field Driveways

Definition

Any driveway serving cultivated fields, timber land or undeveloped land not used for industrial, commercial or residential use shall be designated a farm field driveway.

Width

  1. All farm field driveways shall have a minimum width of 18 feet and a maximum width of 30 feet.  Measured at right angles to the centerline of the driveway at the right-of-way line.
  2. All farm field driveways shall meet the traveled portion of the roadway with a curve radius of 10 feet.

Location

No portion of a farm field driveway, including the curve that meets the traveled way, shall exceed beyond the property line of adjoining parcel property extended at right angles to the centerline of the right-of-way from the point where the property line meets the right-of-way line.

Surface

All farm field driveways shall have a minimum surface of sod to prevent erosion.

Instructions

Download the Residential Driveway Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant information, contractor information (if applicable), road and location (between what two roads), township and a brief description of the work to be done.  Sign the application and either send or bring to the Road Commission with payment.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

     Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $35.00 for each driveway

 

 General Permit

Permits Required

  1. Subsequent to the effective date of these rules, no person, organization or governmental unit shall undertake or conduct any of the following activities on or along county roadways or within county road right-of-way unless a permit to allow such activity shall have been obtained from the County Road Commission.
    • Construct, reconstruct, relocate, or surface a driveway.
    • Operate, use or maintain a new driveway.
    • Erect or suspend a banner, decoration or similar object.
    • Close a section of the County roadway to normal traffic for the purpose of staging a parade, celebration, festival or similar activity.
  2. Construction of a new driveway connecting to a county roadway or reconstruction of a driveway connecting to a county roadway shall be allowed only after an approved permit has been obtained from the Road Commission.  The construction or reconstruction of all driveways shall be described in an approved permit and plans or drawings accompanying the permit, unless the Commission authorizes a change in plans.
  3. When the type or volume of traffic using an existing driveway changes (to the extent there is an adverse effect on the operation of roadway traffic) because of a change in zoning or roadside development, the owner, organization or person responsible for the operation of the driveway may be required to obtain a permit and correct the driveway or driveways to the standards contained in these rules.
  4. In the event of failure to comply with the terms and conditions of any permit used in accordance with these rules or failure to obtain an appropriate permit, the Commission shall have the right to halt such activity until such time as adequate corrections have been made.  All costs incurred by the Road Commission in correcting failure to comply with the conditions and standards of permits, failure to obtain a permit or defective workmanship or materials shall be borne by the applicant (or person undertaking the activity).

Authorized Agents

Applications for driveway permits shall be accepted from property owners, the owner's authorized legal agent or from governmental agencies.

 Right-of-Way Permits (Operate in the Right-of-Way)

A permit is required to perform any kind of work or activity in the road right-of-way of the Saginaw County Road System.

Instructions

Please download the following Right-of-Way Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant information, contractor information (if applicable), road and location if different than the applicants address, township, time period of work and a brief description of the planned activity.  Fill out and send (or bring) completed form to the Saginaw County Road Commission with correct payment.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

    Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $35.00 Tree Cutting and Trimming in the Road Right-of-Way

     $35.00 All Other Work in Right-of-Way Permits

 Parades

A permit for closing or partially closing a road for a parade, celebration, festival or similar activity which closes the road partially or completely temporarily in the Saginaw County road system shall be issued only if requested by an authorized official designated by a resolution of the governing body of the city, incorporated village or township in which the road lies.  The designated official shall submit a copy of the resolution authorizing him to make such a request when the request is made.

  1. The permit shall indicate the time and date for closing the road and the time and date for reopening the road.
  2. No permit shall be issued for closing a road unless adequate arrangements have been made for handling highway traffic during such closure, including, but not limited to, barricades, flashers, detours, signs, constables and special deputies to direct traffic if necessary.

Instructions

Download the Right-of-Way Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant information, road(s) and general location (between what two streets), township, a brief description of the type of parade and a summery of the provisions being made to handle highway traffic.  Sign the application and either send or bring to the Road Commission with payment along with traffic control summery.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

    Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $30.00 plus $1,000,000.00 liability insurance

 Residential Driveway

Definition

All driveways for the purpose of serving the residents of a single or two family dwelling or farm yard adjacent to a farm residence shall be deemed to be a residential driveway.

  1. All residential drives along curbed streets shall have a minimum width of 10 feet and a maximum width of 24 feet measured at right angles to the centerline of the driveway at the right-of-way line.
  2. Residential drives along uncurbed streets or roads shall have a minimum width of 18 feet and a maximum width of 24 feet measured at right angles to the centerline of the driveway at the right-of-way line.
  3. All driveways along uncurbed streets or roads shall meet the traveled way with a curve radius of 10 feet.

Location

  1. No portion of a residential driveway, including the curve which meets the traveled way, shall extend beyond the property line of an adjoining parcel of property extended at right angles to the center line of the right-of-way from the point where the property line meets the right-of-way line.
  2. No portion of a residential driveway, including the curve which meets the traveled portion of the road, shall be located closer than 50 feet to the nearest right-of-way line of an intersecting road or street except that in the case of a platted lot which does not provide enough frontage to allow for 50 feet then the nearest point shall be as far as possible but in no case less than 20 feet from the nearest right-of-way line of the intersecting street.

Joint Driveways

When both owners abutting a common property line agree they may construct a joint residential driveway which shall have a minimum width of 18 feet and a maximum width of 24 feet and shall meet all of the rules regarding the location of a residential driveway except that pertaining to location in regard to property lines.

Surface

  1. Residential drives along uncurbed roads may be surfaced with gravel, asphalt, or concrete. Please see permit book - section 6 for further information.
  2. Residential drives along curbed streets shall be surfaced with asphalt or concrete from the back of the curb to the right-of-way line.
  3. Variance from these lengths may in certain instances be approved by the County Highway Engineer.

Instructions

Download the Residential Driveway Permit and fill out the following areas: applicant information, contractor information (if applicable), road and location if different than the applicants address, township and a brief description of the work to be done (driveway type - concrete or asphalt, installing a culvert, curb cut, etc.).  Sign the application and either send or bring to the Road Commission with payment.  If approved, a completed permit will be mailed to you.  Please review the special conditions and restrictions for the permit.

Permit

    Right-of-Way Permit

Cost

     $35.00 for New Residential Driveway

     $35.00 for Existing Residential Driveway (Repair, Replace or Pave)

 "Approval of Driveway Location" for Land Splits

Under Public Act 288 of 1967 ,to comply with the land division act “Accessibility” requirements for “Development site” lots, each proposed lot in a “Development site” must have an area where a driveway can provide vehicular access to an existing road or street that meets all applicable location standards of the county road commission.

To process a request for Approval of Driveway Location a Land Split Application form must be completed by the “Property Owner” or their authorized representative, hereafter referred to as the “Applicant” and pay the appropriate fee.

This fee must be paid at the time a land division application is submitted.  The entire cost for all proposed splits must be paid prior to the Saginaw County Road Commission taking any action toward approval or disapproval.

After the information and fees are received, a site inspection to determine “accessibility” will be made. To be determined “accessible” for drive location approval, there must be a system for the drainage of storm water and clear all trees as necessary to provide proper safe sight clearance for accessing a county road.

If the above conditions are met, the letter for “APPROVAL OF DRIVEWAY LOCATIONS” will then be sent to the “Property Owner” and the “Applicant”.

If clearing or drainage work is required the letter for “REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVEWAY LOCATIONS” will then be sent. This letter will outline the specific requirements needed to obtain approval of a driveway location. When these requirements are completed, the property owner will then call and schedule a follow up inspection of the site. If the work is approved, the letter for “ APPROVAL OF DRIVEWAY LOCATIONS” will then be sent to the “Property Owner” and the “Applicant”.

In cases where drainage work is needed to obtain approval of a driveway location, the letter for “REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVEWAY LOCATIONS” will then be sent. The property owner is required to submit to the Road Commission a detailed drainage plan prepared by a licensed professional engineer. Upon Road Commission approval of the plan, the “APPROVAL TO PROCEED-DRAINAGE CONSTRUCTION” will then be sent. The property owner thereby authorized to construct the drain. Before construction begins the property owner must obtain a Road Commission Permit to “Operate in the Right of Way”. When the drainage work is completed, the property owner will then call and schedule a follow up inspection of the site. If the work is approved, the letter for “ APPROVAL OF DRIVEWAY LOCATIONS” will then be sent to the “Property Owner” and the “Applicant”.

Permit

    Request for Approval of Driveway Location

Cost

First Split Lot..........................................................$75.00

Each Additional Split Lot..........................................$25.00

 

 Plat, Condominium, and Land Division Development

Download the complete Procedures, Standards, and Specifications for Plat, Condominium, and Land Division Development