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Agenda for City Commission meeting, Monday, August 10 @ 6:00 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at their meeting Monday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m click onRead more ...
New website lets tourists visit St. Joseph from the comfort of their couches
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (July 29, 2020) – The City of St. Joseph, in concert with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and St. Joseph Today, recently announced the launch of a site that allows visitors to virtually stroll through downtown St. Joseph, facilitate shopping and check out what’s new along the bluff.Read more ...
Job Opening: Building Inspector
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Building Inspector, working under the supervision of the Inspection Dept. Administrator.Read more ...
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) CSO Storage Project
The City of St. Joseph invites interested Consultants to submit information regarding their experience and qualifications for providing professional engineering services for the CSO Storage Project.Read more ...
The City's Sign Ordinance was updated/adopted in January 2020.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Exterior Re-caulking of City Hall Seams, Cracks, Expansion Joints and Penetrations
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested contractors.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Professional Service Consulting Five Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2021- 2025
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from qualified firms to createa five (5) year Parks and Recreation Master Plan.Read more ...
Registering to Vote
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Building Inspection Department
The Inspection Department processes all permits and performs all inspections for Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing activities within the City. The Department processes all Rental registrations & inspections and carries out Property Maintenance code enforcement. In accordance with the Governor's most current executive order during the COVID-19 pandemic City Hall currently remains closed to the public. Staff is primarily working remote or in the field. At the Broad Street entrance to City hall contractors and home owners alike can find paper copies of most the relevant application forms. Links to all permit applications are also listed below. The public may continue to call 269-983-1212 to speak with staff about Inspection Department questions or email staff using the link below.
When submitting an Application please make sure it is administratively complete. This includes a thorough Site plan for most building permits and fence & shed permits, payment in full and a signed application and contact information. The City's 24/7 drop box is available just inside the Broad Street entrance, on the right-hand side brick wall. The Inspection Department accepts payment by check only, however it is working towards a credit card payment system. Administratively complete applications are typically issued within a week, however, this turn-around time depends on the complexity of the project and the completeness of the application. Work cannot begin until a building permit has been issued and received by the applicant. If you plan is impacted by City Zoning, Sign Ordinances or the Land Division Ordinance, please use this link https://sjcity.com/government/departments/zoning to view all relevant information such as the Zoning Ordinance & Map.
Inspection Department Administrator (interim)
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
St. Joseph enforces the following code editions:
- 2015 Michigan Building Code
- 2015 Michigan Residential Code
- 2017 Michigan Electrical Code Part 8 (NFPA 70 2017)
- 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code
- 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code
- 2015 Michigan Energy Code
- 2009 Uniform Fire Code
- 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
You may purchase code books through the Michigan.gov website using the link: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_10575_17550-234789--,00.html
Additionally, you may view online access to the International and Michigan Codes for FREE at https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes
Building Permits must be obtained from the Inspection Department before beginning any construction, remodeling, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing work. Purely cosmetic (non-structural) changes such as painting or flooring, may not require a permit.
Please be sure to include ALL necessary documentation when submitting plans for review. For Building Permits, please be sure to include two full size sets of blueprints and a digital copy. Site plans are required for most building permits.
If you have any questions about these topics, please contact the City and staff will be happy to help you.
Applications, Forms and Processes - (Fillable Forms)
- Sample Site Plan
A Site Plan must be submitted for Building, Fence & Shed permits which shows
both existing and proposed conditions of the site. The Sample Site Plan explains
the information typically requested and how to depict it on the drawing.
- Plumbing Permit
- Code Restrictions for Plumbing Equipment
- Downtown Dumpster Permit Form
- Temporary Dumpster or Portable-On-Demand (POD Storage Permit
- Pre-Demolition Utility Disconnect Form
- Construction Board of Appeals Application
- 2020 Construction Board of Appeals (CBOA) Meeting Schedule
- City Block Map
Rental Program and Permits
Administration, scheduling, and inspection of all rental properties is processed through the Inspection Department:
- Rental Inspection Ordinance
- Rental Registration for Minimum One Month Stay Rental Form
- Rental Registration for Short Term Rental Form
- Conditional Use Permit - Short Term Rental
- Rental Inspection Form under COVID-19 and the Governor's Executive Order
Property Maintenance Program
The Property Maintenance Program is designed to be implemeted over a rotating 6-year period, with different neighborhoods of the City being inspected each year. Within each Focus Area the Code Enforcement Officer inspects every property and identifies those which have deficiencies, as defined by the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC, 2015 Edition).
Individual inspections may also be made outside the Focus Area rotation when needed.
The City Commission adopted the IPMC under Section 8-96 of the Code of Ordinances. It is the stated intent of the IPMC to “ensure the public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the continued occupancy and maintenance of structures and premises. Structures and premises that do not comply with these provisions are required to be altered or repaired to provide a minimum level of health and safety.”
To view the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) please click this link https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IPMC2015
Property Maintenance Board of Appeals (PMBOA)
Applications, Forms and Processes - (Fillable Forms)
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Parks & Recreation
Office Hours at City Hall
Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Population - 8,365
- City Employees - 81
- City Budget - $22.8 million
- City S.E.V. - $531,397,117 Avg.
- Residential True Cash Value - $199,000
- Square Miles - 4.4
- City Charter - Approved 1928
- Commercial S.E.V. - 96 million
- Industrial S.E.V. - 35 million
- Residential S.E.V. - 395 million
- Tax Millage - 16.5344