3000 Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 147
Saint Joseph MI  49085-0147
Phone (269) 429-7703
Fax (269) 429-2079

Hours of Operation

Administrative office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (except holidays).

Building Department

Jerry Jones - Building Official

Tiffeny Buist - Administrative Assistant


Ken Simpson - Electrical Inspector

Ed Wainwright - Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector


The Building Department is here for you and the safety of our Township residents.  Most construction projects require
building permits.  The reason for a building permit is simply to insure that all construction projects are done
according to the applicable codes.  The most important item considered is that all projects are safe. 


The State of Michigan requires all local jurisdictions to inspect projects for total assurance that you and your family
are kept safe and are not subjected to substandard  or faulty construction.  We are here to serve you and please feel
free to contact us with any constructions, concerns, or questions.


Building Permits must be obtained from the Building Department before beginning any construction, remodeling, mechanical, electrical,
or plumbing work.  Purely cosmetic (non-structural) changes such as painting are exempt.


Rental Properties must be registered within the Township and inspected every two years.


Tenants - If you are the tenant of a rental property, please contact this department if you have any property maintenance
concerns involving your rental. (i.e. no heat, no hot water, etc.)  We will contact the landlord on your behalf to ensure that any code
violations are corrected promptly.


Building Department Forms Available On-Line:

Rental Property Registration

Building Permit

Plumbing Permit

Mechanical Permit

Electrical Permit

Sign Permit Application

Home Occupation Application

Demolition Permit



With the building boom still in full swing, Building Department employees are working hard to keep up with the

inspection requests, plan reviews, permit issuances, code questions, etc.


To cut down on delays, please be sure to include ALL necessary documentation when submitting plans for review. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Building Department and we will be happy to assist you

New Construction within St. Joseph Charter Township



Construction of the new Orthodontics Office at the corner of

Niles Rd and Ansley Dr.

             New home being constructed on South Lakeshore Dr.


The Building Department currently does not have Code Books for sale.
We suggest that you purchase them directly from the State of Michigan:

Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services
Bureau of Construction Codes
P.O. Box 30255
Lansing MI  48909
(517) 241-9313