Ordinance Dept

Troy Gano - Ordinance Officer
Phone (269) 429-7703


The Ordinance Department is constantly monitoring conditions throughout St. Joseph Charter Township.  We look for compliance of our International Property Maintenance Code. The property Maintenance Code is aimed at the upkeep and general maintenance of all properties, houses, and buildings.

Many ordinance issues are handled on a daily basis including, but not limited to: off street parking, animals running at large, the proper keeping of animals, appearance of lawn and house exteriors, parking on lawns, noise abatement, and nuisances of many varieties.

Please do not hesitate to notify us of anything you feel might be a violation, as we aim to keep St. Joseph Charter Township a sought after community in which to live.

St. Joseph Charter Township

Code of Ordinances

Non-zoning Ordinance Revisions – 

At the April 4th, 2022 Board of Trustees meeting, non-zoning ordinance revisions were adopted and will be effective April 11, 2022 for the following:

Current Officials Page

Chapter 1 – General Provisions

Chapter 6 – Animals

Chapter 10 – Building and Building Regulations

Chapter 14 – Fire Prevention and Protection

Chapter 22 – Nuisances

Chapter 26 – Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions

Click here for a copy of the revisions. 

Copies of the ordinance revisions are also available at the Township Hall 3000 Washington Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085.  You may request an email copy at info@sjct.org.  

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – General Provisions (Adopted revisions effective 4/11/2022)

Chapter 2- Administration 

Chapters 3-5 - Reserved

Chapter 6 – Animals (Adopted revisions effective 4/11/2022)

Chapters 7-9 - Reserved

Chapter 10 – Buildings and Building Regulations (Adopted revisions effective 4/11/2022)

Chapter 11 - Ethics 

Chapter 12 - Emergency Services

Chapter 13 - Reserved 

Chapter 14 – Fire Prevention and Protection (Adopted revisions effective 4/11/2022)

Chapters 15-17 - Reserved

Chapter 18 - Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations

Chapter 19 - Marijuana 

Chapter 20-21 - Reserved 

Chapter 22 – Nuisances (Adopted revisions effective 4/11/2022)

Chapters 23-25 - Reserved

Chapter 26 – Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions (Adopted revisions effective 4/11/2022)

Chapters 27-29 - Reserved

Chapter 30 - Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places

Chapters 31-33 - Reserved

Chapter 34 - Subdivisions and Other Divisions of Land

Chapter 35-37 - Reserved

Chapter 38 - Traffic and Vehicles

Chapters 39-41 - Reserved

Chapter 42 - Utilities

Chapters 43-45 - Reserved

Chapter 46 - Zoning (effective July 19, 2021) 

Code Comparative Table - 1984 Code

Code Comparative Table - Ordinances

State Law Reference Table

Code Index

Ordinance to Provide for the Operation of Berrien County Water Supply System Number 2 - March 1970

Resolution to Adopt Uniform Traffic Code - April 1973

Resolution to Adopt Uniform Building Code 1973 Edition - May 1974

Revision to the Zoning Ordinance - March 1981

Resolution to Adopt/Amend the St. Joseph Charter Township Zoning Map (Adopted July 2016)

Zoning Map (Effective July 19, 2021)


At the March 4, 2024 St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting, an ordinance to provide for a re-zoning overlay was adopted.  Click here for further information.

Common Violations

Leaving Large Items of Rubbish at the Curbside
Special arrangements should be made with Best Way Disposal by calling Tami at (269) 463-3232.

Parking on the Grass
Parking is only allowed on concrete or asphalt.

Tall Grass/Weeds
If you do not mow, the Township has to do it. You will be invoiced.

Barking Dogs/Dogs at Large
If a complaint comes in, you will receive a letter. A second complaint may result in a citation.

You can not solicit door to door in St. Joseph Township without first obtaining a permit to do so.


Ordinance/Property Maintenance Complaint 

Application to Solicit

Solicitation Approval Process