Definition of Campground

State Law dictates that any time 5 or more recreational units are assembled for camping at one location, a Campground License is required.  Recreational units are defined as campers, motor homes and/or tents.


All campgrounds in Marquette County are inspected annually by the Marquette County Health Department (MCHD) under contract with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).  The requirements for construction and operation of campgrounds are State law and fall under authority of the MDEQ Public Act and Rules Governing Campgrounds being Part 125 of Michigan's Public Health Code, Act 368 of 1978.

Temporary Campgrounds:

An application and license to operate a temporary campground in Michigan must be completed and submitted to the MCHD office at least 14 days prior to the event.  To obtain an application call (906) 475-4195 or stop into our office at 184 US 41 East in Negaunee Township.

The application must be accompanied by the following:

1. Applicable fees

2. Site Plan that indicates the location and size of all campsites, campground roads, buildings, privies, wells, garbage storage facilities, and related facilities required for the temporary campground.

3. Signed contracts for services to be provided (portable privies, garbage).

To view procedures for licensing temporary campgrounds click on the link or call (906) 475-4195.

Licensing a Permanent Campgrounds:

If you are constructing a permanent campground, engineered plans must be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for approval and licensing. All application and program information can be found at the MDEQ website at this LINK.

If you have questions regarding campground regulations in Marquette County, please call (906)475-4195.