Updated Oct 20, 2020

On Friday, July 10th , the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-147 that goes into effect Monday, July 13th. The basics of this order are: 1. Face coverings are required in public places and if a person does not comply they can be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500. 2. Face coverings are required in crowded outdoor spaces where people are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Again, those who don’t comply can be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500. 3. Businesses or places that serve the public must refuse entry to those who do not wear a face covering. If the business does not comply they can face a suspension of license(s). To comply with the latest Executive Order, beginning Monday the 13th, the entrance to Township Hall will be locked. We encourage you to use the drive-up drop box at the front of the Hall if you simply need to drop off an item. If you need further assistance you will need to bring your cell phone with you and call 269-429-7703 from your automobile. You will be asked if you are willing to wear a face covering in order to enter the Hall. If not, one of our office staff members will meet you at your automobile.

A message to our voters: 

Absentee Ballot Applications

Many residents are receiving multiple Absentee Ballot Applications, we know that this is very frustrating and assure you that Township Clerk’s Office is not responsible for sending them. We do not send out unsolicited Absentee Ballot Applications.  They are being sent by third-party entities, and very often contain wrong information or are for voters no longer at the address.  If you receive one in the mail, the best action to take is to destroy it.  If you requested one from the Clerk, please complete it and return it to the Township Hall as soon as possible.

Absentee Voting

Another confusing issue is Early Voting, Michigan is an Absentee Voting State. This means that registered voters can obtain a ballot before the election, mark their selections and return their ballot to their local clerk.  This does not mean that ballots are processed through the tabulator early or that residents can vote early at the Township Hall.  Ballots received are securely held (unopened) and processed by certified Elections Inspectors on Election Day.  You may request an Absentee Ballot by contacting us or at www.mi.gov/vote.

Precinct #2 Location Change 

Please note the polling location for Precinct #2 is has changed and will NOT be New Life Baptist Church, the new location for the 11/3/2020 Election is:

St. Joseph Seventh Day Adventist Church

1201 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph, MI

St. Joseph Water Service Joint Operating Board - Notice of Public Meeting 

Click here for additional information 

Road Work at M-63 and Washington Ave. -

MDOT has a project upgrading the signal at the M-63 and Washington Avenue Intersection Signal that is starting this Monday (10/12/2020).  There will be construction at this location over the next week.  The contractor has expressed that the southbound lane entering Washington Avenue from M-63 will be closed for a limited duration while the contractor drills and pours the new strain pole foundations.  The sign marking Washington Avenue and the road will be clearly closed off with channelizing devices. 

Notice of Electronic Meeting - Planning Commission

Tuesday October 13, 2020 Workshop at 5:30 and Regular Meeting at 6:30

St. Joseph Charter Township is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: St. Joseph Charter Twp Planning Commission and Workshop 

Time: Oct 13, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Workshop runs from 5:30 to 6:30

Planning Commission meeting starts at 6:30 

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81766631171?pwd=M1FZTjhEOTNOcU1OMEhGbStIVVZodz09 

Meeting ID: 817 6663 1171 Passcode: 542931 One tap mobile +13126266799,,81766631171#,,,,,,0#,,542931# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,81766631171#,,,,,,0#,,542931# US (New York) 

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Meeting ID: 817 6663 1171 

Passcode: 542931 

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/krzwYE80T

Notice of Electronic Meeting - Northwestern Berrien County Sanitation Authority 

Click here for more information 

Zoom meeting link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85680626842?pwd=REp5amthWUZtbERocGd3TXlEeC9hQT09

New Drop Box

Check out our NEW drive-up drop box! It is located in the parking lot in front of the Township Hall.  The box is secure and under video surveillance.  The box may be used for tax payments, election applications, ballots, or any type or correspondence to the Township.

Like our walk-up drop box, it will be checked frequently. 

Notice of Electronic Township Meetings - 

Electronic Election Commission Meeting - October 1, 2020

Click here for more information 

Electronic Board Workshop - October 5, 2020

Click here for more information 

Electronic Regular Board Meeting - October 5, 2020

Click here for more information 


As of August 7th, 81.9% of the households in the Township have completed the Census.  If you are one of those, THANK YOU!  If you have not yet completed the Census, don’t wait to act…all collections will end September 30th, 2020.  For further information visit 2020census.gov.

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Update Discussions Open to the Public

Click here for 7/11/19 revisions to the timeline for zoning ordinance updates.

Zoning Update

The Township has recently been made aware of misinformation that has been published regarding rezoning of properties.  The Township is currently working on a zoning ordinance update, and the purpose of the current zoning update is to achieve a more user-friendly document to work in accordance with the recently completed master plan.  At this time, there is no proposed rezoning of any particular parcel.  However, if at any time rezoning of parcels would be proposed, first a public hearing would be announced and held at the Township Hall.  

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

Please click here to see pages 1-50 of the Parks & Recreation Plan.  Please click here to see pages 51-102.

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 Oct 20, 2020

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.

2020 Dates the Office will be Closed

Friday, April 10th- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 22nd & Monday, May 25th - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, July 3rd & Monday, July 6th - Fourth of July

Friday, September 4th & Monday, September 7th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th - Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 24th & Friday, December 25th - Christmas

Friday, January 1st - New Year's Day