Building Dept

Troy Gano - Building Official -
Tiffeny Buist - Administrative Assistant
Ken Simpson - Electrical Inspector
Ken Jewell - Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector

Building Department Forms

Building Permit
Plumbing Permit
Mechanical Permit
Electrical Permit 
Sign Permit Application
Home Occupation Application
Demolition Permit 

Fence/Shed (Zoning) Permit 

New Residential Building Permit List

Rental Registration 

Rental Inspection Checklist

Special Use Request 

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 question.

Plan Development Review -  contact Troy Gano at  for questions regarding plan development review in St. Joseph Charter Township. 

Planned Unit Development (PUD) Approval Process – click here to view.

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. 

Building Permit Fees -

Click here for the building permit fee schedule.

Rental Properties must be registered within the Township and inspected every two years or when there is a change of tenants.   

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.

Codes currently enforced:

2015 Michigan Residential Code

2015 Michigan Building Code

2023 National Electrical Code

2021 Michigan Plumbing Code

2021 Michigan Mechanical Code

2021 International Property Maintenance Code

2015 International Fire Code

2015 Michigan Energy Code 

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