Permits are required in order to build a pond greater than 750 sq. ft. in Miami County. Brown, Lost Creek and Elizabeth Townships are exempt from permits however it is recommended you contact your Trustees to see if they have any rules or regulations that you should follow.

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Process for Pond Permits in Miami County

A landowner needs to create a map of the exact size and location of the pond as well as the setbacks to the nearest road and property line. It has to be at least 75 feet from the nearest road and at least 25 feet from the nearest property line. The map should be submitted to Jackson Bennett with the Miami County Department of Development. The Department of Development’s address is 510 W Water St. Suite 120, Troy, OH 45373. Their phone number is 937.440.8121. Jackson’s email is JBennett@MiamiCountyOhio.gov. Jackson will let you know the other setbacks such as from the well and septic.

After he reviews the map, he will create a permit and then forward the map and permit to Miami Soil and Water Conservation District. Jennifer Korte will set up a time with the landowner to come look at the area and make sure there is an adequate outlet for overflow. A tile search will also need to be done to ensure drainage is not disrupted upstream or downstream during construction. A tile search involves the landowner hiring a contractor of their choosing and digging 3 to 4 feet in the perimeter of the pond area to search for existing tile. If a tile is found it would need to be rerouted around the pond. If the area is approved by our office, the landowner will sign our paperwork and the permit and I can give that information back to Jackson Bennett with the Department of Development. The landowner can mail a check for $50.00 made payable to Miami County Department of Development.

Bethel Township has their own process for pond permits. They cost $100.00 and the landowner would submit a map to Bethel Township Planning and Zoning in the township. It should show the exact size and location of the pond as well as the setbacks off the road and property line. It needs to be at least 75 feet from the road as well and at least 25 feet from the nearest property line. Bethel Township’s address is 8735 S Second St. Tipp City, OH 45371. The phone number is 937.845.8472. Mike Arnold is the contact for Planning and Zoning in Bethel Township. After Mike Arnold reviews the map he will then forward the application to Miami Soil and Water Conservation District for their review. Jennifer Korte would set up a time with the landowner to come look at the site and ensure there is an adequate outlet for overflow. A tile search would be required as well where the landowner hires a contractor to dig 3 to 4 feet in the perimeter of the pond area to search for any existing tile. If tile is found it would need to be rerouted around the pond. If we approve the area, the landowner will sign our paperwork and I will forward it back to Mike Arnold with Planning and Zoning. They will then issue a permit if all the standards are met or exceeded.

Questions? Contact Miami SWCD