Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Sarah Tackebury - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014

Well Permit Information


If you are planning to build at a site located in Bay County which is not served by a municipal water supply and/or sewage collection system, you are required to obtain a permit from this department. The permit(s) must be secured from this department prior to beginning any work. In addition, don't forget to check with your township representatives to be sure that your plans are acceptable with local regulations.

The permit which is issued to you by this department will contain specific minimum standards. Onsite sewage disposal systems must be isolated a minimum of fifty (50) feet from all water supply wells. Any changes from the permit issued by this office must first be approved.
Your water supply well must be installed by a Registered Well Driller.  All new wells will be in compliance with the requirements of the Bay County Well Ordinance and Part 127 - Act 368 of 1978, as amended . Upon completion of your well installation, this department must be notified so a Final Inspection can be conducted and water samples can be collected.


In the interest of economy and providing an efficient service to you, the following policy for processing well permit applications has been adopted: Upon receipt of a properly completed application for a construction permit, the Health Officer shall make a written decision within 14 working days.


 For the complete set of rules and regulations pertaining to wells, contact the Environmental Health Division at 989-895-4006