If you are not sure if you need a permit, PLEASE call the Building Department.

If you are not doing the work yourself, you must hire a Michigan licensed contractor.

This contractor should pull the permits, making them liable for the project.

If you are unsure if your contractor is licensed, contact the Building Department at 269-424-3125.

Before you DIG - It's fast and free to call Miss Dig @ 811 or check the web at: !

Building Inspector  - Scott Saunders

Cell Phone:  269-999-6475

Office Phone:  269-424-3125



Office Hours:

Monday 10am to noon; Wednesday 9am to noon

or by appointment

Zoning Administrator - Mark Davis (as of 6/1/21)

By appointment

Phone: 269-414-3159


Electrical Inspector - Ron Bellaire

Phone:  269-663-3429

Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector - John Dobberteen

Phone:  269-651-4567

Fax:  269-687-2726


Blight Inspector

Phone:  269-424-3025 X9


FEMA - see Building Inspector

Floodplain - see Building Inspector or Zoning Administrator

FAQ and Examples





Sectional Drawing     

Framing and Footing for Decks

Short term rentals - are not a permitted use - see ordinances below:

R-1 Single Residential Family District

R-2 Residential District

Waterfront District

The planning commission is looking into addressing short term rentals.

Complaint about your residential builder?

The state Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) is

responsible for application reviews and investigates complaints against residential builders, and maintenance and alterations contractors - call (517) 241-9309 or (licensing questions) or (complaint questions).


Demolition Permit Application

Commercial Building Permit Application

New Construction Permit Check List

Residential Building Permit Application


Zoning Compliance Permit Application

Tickets or Citations are paid at the 4th District Court (Cassopolis) - call 269-445-4424 option 1.


Electrical Permit Instructions
Electrical Permit Application

Mechanical Permit Application

Plumbing Permit Application

Blight complaint form


you may need this first if you are building within 500 ft of a lake or stream or over an acre in size. See below!

drains & soil permits within the county


​Cass County-where to apply for a permit 

Drain Commissioner - Jeff Van Belle

The Drain Commissioner is a statutory elected position responsible for administration of the Drain Code of 1956, as amended. Duties include: construction and maintenance of drains, determining drainage districts, apportioning costs of drains among property owners, receiving bids and awarding contracts for drain construction. The Drain Commissioner also approves drainage in new developments, subdivisions and maintains court decreed lake levels.

Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control

A Permit is required for any earth changes within 500' of a lake or stream or for projects over an acre in size. The exception would only be for projects that are less than 225 square feet that can be stabilized within 24 hours.

On November 17, 2016 the Cass County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution transferring the Cass County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation (SESC) Program from the Drain Commissioner's Office to the Cass County Conservation District, effective December 1, 2016.

The Conservation District is located at:
1127 E State Street
Cassopolis, MI 49031 

website: Cass County Conservation District​

Korie Blyveis, the District Manager has obtained the DEQ's SESC comprehensive certification to administer the program. She can be contacted by phone at 269-445-8641, ext 5, or email Korie Blyveis.

Land development quick list