Updated Dec 1, 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic and Township Office Update: 

Effective Thursday June 24, 2021

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration have lifted face covering and social distancing requirements for the Township Hall.  Tools to access Township services listed below will remain in place.

Tools to access Township services

  • Permit forms, Assessing information forms, Tax information and much more can be accessed from this website under Departments.  Also, check out this main page of the website for current general information.
  • You may email the Township at info@sjct.org.
  • Secured, camera monitored, and frequently checked drop boxes, both curbside and at the building to the left of the main entrance door are available to drop off payments and other documents.
  • You may send information via postal mail to St. Joseph Charter Township, P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085.  Our mail is collected M-F.
  • You may phone the Township on the main line at  (269) 429-7703.  Building Inspector (269) 930-2453.  The main phone line is answered M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • TextMyGov is a new smartphone texting application that allows you to text in a number to look up Township information.  You may also text in a number that will allow you to receive notifications from the Township.  See the TextMyGov section on this website for more information on how to get started.
  • The Township also sends information to its Facebook page at St. Joseph Charter Township.

  Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our residents and employees healthy and safe. 

Board of Trustees December 6, 2021 Electronic Meeting Notices  -

Click here for the noon workshop meeting. 

Click here for the 6:00 p.m. meeting. 

Planning Commission Special Meeting for a Public Hearing - November 30, 2021 at 6:30p.m.

Click here to view public hearing notice. 

Assessing Information Is Now Available Online -  

Click here to to access assessing information, such as assessor cards, at no cost to users. 

U.S. Postal Service Warns of “Brushing” Scam – 

Connect to the following link for further information https://www.uspis.gov/news/scam-article/brushing-scam

Lead Water Service Pipes – 

There has been much discussion in our area and across the State of Michigan regarding health issues that people have experienced from consuming water that runs through lead water service pipes. The water systems in St. Joseph Charter Township were installed in the 70’s which is after the time that lead water services were used and lead was replaced with copper.     

Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancies - 

The Township has two openings on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  The Zoning Board of Appeals hears all questions that arise in administration of the zoning ordinance.  The Zoning Board of Appeals makes interpretations of the zoning ordinance, hears variance requests, hears appeals from administrative determinations by zoning officials or bodies and other matters assigned by the zoning ordinance.  Desirable applicants should be qualified by experience and/or training in matters related to land use and planning and/or zoning such as:  architecture, building construction/engineering, GIS/AutoCAD, Land Use Planning, Real Estate/Development/Law, Zoning.  Members must be St. Joseph Charter Township residents from outside of the Village of Shoreham.  Terms are three years and members receive a per diem compensation for each meeting attended.

Meetings are held as needed at the Township Hall.  Dates and times vary.  Click here for an application.

One Week Extension of Yard Waste Pickup - 

The Township will be extending yard waste pick up this year by one week.  Monday the 6th thru Thursday the 9th Best Way will pick up yard waste on your normally scheduled pickup day. 

Property Tax Payments – 

In order to keep you and our employees safe, we encourage you to mail your tax payments to the Township Hall at P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085 OR place them in the curbside drop box or the drop box slit to the left of the main entrance door at the Township Hall. Both drop boxes are secured - locked and under surveillance. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and a receipt will be mailed to you.

If you need in-person assistance, you may ring the doorbell on the front entrance of the Township Hall.  If you are wearing a proper face covering, (Halloween masks and face coverings with holes are not acceptable) you will be allowed into the lobby through an automatic door opening system.  There may be a short delay as Township staff will buzz you in when they have finished helping those that arrived before you.  

TextMyGov -

The Township has launch TextMyGov as an additional method of communication for our St. Joseph Charter Township residents. 

Using the regular messaging app on any smartphone, the smart texting technology allows residents to ask questions and get immediate responses, find links to information on the Township's website, address problems, report issues and upload photos by texting (269)-421-4001. Click here to view flyer.

It also allows the Township to communicate information to residents in a timely manner.  To have updates texted to you: under messaging type in 91896 then type in SJCTOWNSHIP.  Click here to view flyer. 

Beginning January 14th, an icon that you may click on for further information on TextMyGov will be located on the lower right corner of the main page of the Township's Website.

Dog Licenses - 

All renewal forms have been mailed out by Berrien County Animal Control (BCAC):

  1. Mail the renewal form and check (and proof of rabies or spay/neuter) back to the county.
  2. Create an online account where you can pay using a credit card (there is a fee).
  3. If it is a new puppy, there is a form on the county’s website to download, fill out and mail along with payment to the county.
  4. You can call BCAC and make an appt. to go in and get the license.

Check out our Facebook page!

It's St. Joseph Charter Township with a picture of the hall.   Click https://www.facebook.com/St-Jo...to go directly.   If you "like" and "follow" you can be up on the latest happenings in the township.   You can also get information at https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., the St. Joseph Township Police Department.   Also check out our fire departments pages, https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf..., https://www.facebook.com/sjctf....


For Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) please click on the following:

FOIA- Public Summary Of Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA- Procedures And Guidelines




Property Tax Information

Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com.  Click on the big green check mark to set up an account.  Our information is listed under the Berrien County blue bar, click on "St. Joseph Charter Township", then "Click Here" on the next page, type in the address and follow directions.    Tax inquiries for property owners are free of charge for any property that they own.  All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each.  You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (269) 932-0269.

Master Plan

Master Plan Part 1 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 2 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 3 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 4 Of 4 2017

Updated Dec 1, 2021

Special Meetings

  • When scheduled, links to special meeting information will appear below.

Township Meetings

Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting

Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly

Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)

Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.

2021 Dates the Office will be Closed

Friday, April 2nd- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 28th & Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, July 2nd & Monday, July 5th - Fourth of July

Friday, September 3rd & Monday, September 6th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th - Thanksgiving

Friday, December 24th & Monday, December 27th - Christmas

Monday, January 3rd - New Year's