Livingston County Drain Commissioner
Livingston County, MichiganDrain Commissioner

Livingston County Drain Commissioner

Livingston County Drain Commissioner

Brian Jonckheere

  • Our office is open for business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday except on County Holidays
  • Payments can be made until 4:30 p.m. most days
  • Applications can be turned in at the counter, mailed to 2300 E Grand River, Howell, MI 48843 or emailed to
  • After hours flooding and sewer emergencies, call 517-546-0040 Option #1. You will be directed to indicate whether you are calling about an emergency or a non-emergency. Staff will be notified immediately of emergencies. Non-emergency voicemails will be addressed the next business day.
  • Email (not suitable for emergencies):

Our mission is to provide exemplary customer service administering our various responsibilities over drains, wastewater, lake management, soil erosion, and solid waste in a manner which protects private property, our agricultural heritage, and vital water resources.

The Importance of Michigan's Drain Commissioners

What is the office of the Livingston County Drain Commissioner? What are its responsibilities? Watch the video below to learn more.


Roadside canal

Resources on Current Flood Conditions
When to call the Drain Commissioner


Posted Public Meetings

FOIA Requests:

The Drain Commissioner's Office has adopted the Livingston County Policy and Procedures regarding information requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  FOIA Policies and Procedures

Sanitary Sewer Systems:

Several community septic systems are managed by the Livingston County Drain Commissioner's Office as well as the Livingston Regional Sanitary Sewer System located in Hartland and Tyrone Townships.  Information and forms can be found here:  Grinder Pump Application Forms, Suspension Policy and Required Suspension Forms

In a Sewer Emergency:

If your alarm is going off or the warning light is on, discontinue household water use and Call: 517-546-0040 (Pick Prompt #1 if the weekend or during non business hours).
Calls are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. Follow the voice prompts.  System operators will respond to your message.  Please do not send email requests for emergency service. 

Click on these links for Dos and Don’ts for PDF IconGravity Sewers or PDF IconPressure Systems operated by the Livingston County Drain Commissioner.

Sanitary Sewer Backup Information


Stormwater Drainage

Before applying for a soil erosion permit for a commercial site, stormwater drainage review must completed to ensure that construction plans meet required standards.  Information can be found at the links below.

 Septage Receiving Station