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: www.missdig811.org !
Building Inspector - Scott Saunders
Cell Phone: 269-999-6475
Office Phone: 269-424-3125
Monday 10am to noon; Wednesday 9am to noon
or by appointment
Zoning Administrator - Mark Davis (as of 6/1/21)
Electrical Inspector - Ron Bellaire
Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector - John Dobberteen
Phone: 269-424-3025 X9
FEMA - see Building Inspector
Floodplain - see Building Inspector or Zoning Administrator
FAQ and Examples
Short term rentals - are not a permitted use - see ordinances below:
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 LARA-BCC-RBS-Licensing@michigan.gov (licensing questions) or LARA-BCC-RBS-Compliance@michigan.gov (complaint questions).
SCT Code of Ordinances (online) (all township ordinances including zoning through 9/11/2019) Ordinances passed since 9/11/2019 are listed below.
Tickets or Citations are paid at the 4th District Court (Cassopolis) - call 269-445-4424 option 1.
*SOIL EROSION & SEDIMENTATION PERMITS !
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
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.