Bulk Solid Materials Storage




On October 31, 2017, the Detroit City Council passed an ordinance amendment to, then Chapter 22 of the City Code that regulates the storage of bulk solid materials. The 2019 Recodification of the City Code moved this ordinance to Chapter 42: Solid Waste and Illegal Dumping. 

The goal of the ordinance is to minimize the amount of fugitive dust released into the air. Bulk solid materials are any solid materials that can be used as a fuel or as a component in a manufacturing or construction process that may create fugitive dust.  

The ordinance amendment also requires that certain materials that are primarily carbon like coal, petroleum coke, or metallurgical coke are stored completely within a structure.


Step 1. Preparing All Documentation Needed for Application

The applicant [i.e. Owner/Operator (O/O)] prepares all of the necessary documentation beforehand to submit. Depending on the type of certificate, General Compliance or Alternate Compliance, the applicant will have different requirements for applying and fees. Below are the requirements to be met as laid out in Chapter 42 of the City of Detroit Codes and Ordinances:


Step 2. How to Submit Application

The applicant will submit the completed application and all of the required documents to BSEED Environmental Affairs (EA) at [email protected] or in person at 2 Woodward Ave, Suite 401, Detroit, MI 48202. If applying for Bulk Solid Materials variance, the applicant must submit the variance application in addition to the standard application.

Bulk Solid Materials Storage Permit Application

Bulk Solid Materials Storage Variance Application


Step 3. How to Pay Application Fee

EA will review the application for content and completeness. The applicant will be contacted if there are any insufficiencies in their application via the supplied phone number or email. Once the application has been deemed to be sufficient an invoice will be generated by EA and sent to the applicant via email. The applicant has 30 days from the invoice being generated to pay their outstanding fees. They can do so through the online payment portal for BSEED or by scheduling an appointment to pay in person via the Qless system.

BSEED Fee Payment Portal

Qless Appointment Scheduler


Step 4. Preparing for Inspection

At the same time that the invoice has been generated, EA will reach out to the applicant to schedule the initial site inspection. The site inspection should take place within the 30 day period to pay fees. As part of the site inspection, the O/O should have prepared:

  • A copy of the dust control plan/Permit to Install
  • Dust control logs from the past three years minimum
  • Air monitoring logs (if applicable)

If a variance is requested, a public hearing will be scheduled and all evidence collected from the inspection will be presented at the hearing. There will be a public comment period and a decision for variance will be given within 30 days of the hearing.


Step 5. Receiving the General/Alternate Compliance of Operation

After the inspection and all fees have been paid a General Compliance or Alternate Compliance Certificate of Operation will be generated by EA. The permit will be sent to the O/O via mail. The permit is good for one (1) year, at which time the certificate will have to be renewed with EA. As part of the permit compliance a semiannual inspection will be scheduled every six months with the O/O by EA.