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, you can do a search here or contact the Building Department

at 269-424-3125.

Building Inspector  - Scott Saunders

Cell Phone:  574-339-9033

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 X5


Complaint about your residential builder? Contact the State!

The state Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) has created a new section solely dedicated to residential builders licensing and complaints. The Residential Builders Section will be responsible for determining eligibility of examinees, licensure issuance and renewals of licenses under the Occupational Code. It is also responsible for application reviews and investigates complaints against residential builders, and maintenance and alterations contractors. The section can be reached at (517) 241-9309 or (licensing questions) or (complaint questions).


FAQ and Answers!





Sectional Drawing     

Framing and Footing for Decks


Demolition Permit Application

Residential Building Permit Application

Commercial Building Permit Application

New Construction Permit Check List


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!

LINKS for 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.

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