Houghton County Drain Commissioner

Houghton County Drain Commissioner
Houghton County Courthouse
1st Floor
401 E. Houghton Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931

906-482-4491 [Phone]


Monday & Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Staff & Contacts

John Pekkala
Houghton County Drain Commissioner


The Houghton County Drain Commissioner issues Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Permits for landowners in Houghton County. Earth changes that are located within 500 feet of a lake or stream and earth changes that are one acre or more in surface area require a permit. Permit applications are available at the Drain Commissioner's Office, the Houghton County Building Department, or can be downloaded from the following links.

The Drain Commissioner also administers "the Drain Code of 1956" and related statutes. The establishment of drainage districts and inland lake levels are part of the Drain Commissioner's responsibility. For more information on the many duties of the Drain Commissioner, please click on the following links.