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Department of Roads

Permits and Local Roads

PUBLIC NOTICE: Effective Monday, March 30, the Permit Department will no longer allow walk-in appointments. Customers will be required to schedule an appointment with the Permit Department for service. There will be a 30-minute separation between appointments. To schedule an appointment call us at 586-463-8671 and ask for the Permit Department or email us at

Permit Department Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The Permit Department is closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and permits are issued until 4 p.m. 

Under the supervision of the Permits and Local Roads Department Manager, Robert Bush, the Permits Department staff oversees and inspects all incoming requests for permits within the Department of Roads Right of Way. This includes issuing permits for trucking, construction, industrial developments, utilities, and residential issues.

This department provides permits for residential and commercial approaches, ditch enclosures, road closures, storm, sanitary and water main taps, and any other types of construction within the right of way. Daily and annual permits for overweight and oversize equipment moves on all Macomb County roads and permits to "bond" specific roads to protect them from damage during long term construction projects are also available.

Commercial and residential applications will be filled out at the time of issuance.


To submit an application, please select one of the following permits below:

Other information:


Permit inspectors review residential and commercial work performed under permit through the Department of Roads to ensure that required specifications are met. A 48-hour notice to the Permit Department is required prior to commencing work within the County right of way. Please call us at 586-463-8671 and ask for the Permit Department with all work notices.

Inspection notification and scheduling will not be valid via voicemail. Customers must speak directly to Permit Department staff to ensure accuracy of the permit and to determine the impact to Macomb County’s road system.


Small Cell Wireless Facilities Permit Application

Contractors are responsible for notifying MISS DIG (800-482-7171) three working days in advance for utility staking. All existing public utilities must be included in the plans or project proposal. This does not relieve the contractor of responsibility should damage to utility equipment occur within the Department of Roads right of way. Refer to the current MDOT Standard Specifications for Construction for more detailed information.

Weight Restrictions

Weight Restrictions - Latest Update
Weight Restrictions Bulletin
In an effort to protect our roads during the spring thaw, weight restrictions are put into effect, normally in early March. Once the ground has thawed to a specific depth, usually in late March, these weight restrictions are lifted. The weight restrictions start and end dates vary due to the weather conditions.


Local Roads and Subdivisions

Under the supervision of the Permits & Local Roads Department Manager, the Permits Department staff oversees and inspects all new residential developments in Macomb County. This department facilitates the inspection of new subdivision road construction in all townships of Macomb County. After the construction, acceptance and release processes of a subdivision road, the road and the right-of-way is dedicated to the Macomb County Department of Roads. All proposed private roadways must be reviewed and approved by the township/city in which they are located in. Private roads are not under the jurisdiction of the Macomb County Department of Roads.

Subdivision Specifications: Newly Revised - Effective April 12, 2018

Paving Standard Details in PDF format
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Adopt-A-County Road

The Adopt-A-County Road program is designed to help keep county roadsides clean and attractive. This is a great opportunity for all types of organizations who want to become involved in the community. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants of this program are required to clean the roadsides twice a year. All new participants in the program are required to view a safety video prior to actually participating in any cleanup activities. The Department of Roads provides trash bags and safety vests to all organizations and participants. For more information, go to