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Agenda for City Commission meeting, Monday, June 14 @ 6:00 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at its meeting of Monday, June 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m go to the following link:Read more ...
Job Opening: Water & Sewer Serviceperson
The City of St. Joseph is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Water & Sewer Serviceperson.Read more ...
Job Opening: Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation to manage crews that maintain City road maintenance, rubbish collection and motor pool operations.Read more ...
City of St. Joseph Seeking Finance Director/City Treasurer
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Finance Director/City Treasurer.Read more ...
Hidden Histories Education Series
“Through a partnership with Spectrum Health Lakeland, Lake Michigan College, and the City of St. Joseph, a three-part virtual panel discussion will explore how historical laws, policies, and practices laid the foundation for today’s racial inequities.Read more ...
Job Opening: Seasonal Laborer
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Laborer in the Public Works Department.Read more ...
To learn more about Floodplain or the Special Flood Hazard Areas in the City of St. Joseph or the 2019 Preliminary revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)) out for 90-day appeal process through the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) beginning December 19, 2020.
City of St. Joseph Draft 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan
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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 Michigan's DHHS directives, during the COVID-19 pandemic City Hall currently remains closed to the public; please contact us if you need information to determine whether a . Staff is working both remotely and in the field and, in the office as needed. 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, and individual appointments or on-site meetings may be arranged when appropriate.
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 has a secure 24/7 drop box located at the Broad Street entrance for submission of all applications. 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
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
Citation Implementation Notification from LARA - Attention all individuals licensed/registered as residential builders, maintenance & alteration contractors, electricians, plumbers, mechanical contractors, and boiler tradesmen please read this important notice from LARA.
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
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 a full size set of blueprints and a digital copy. Site plans are required for most building permits.
To obtain an aerial "birds-eye" view of any parcel in Berrien County use Berrien Co. Beacon Maps. This county GIS data base provides basic information on any city parcel. Once linked in to Beacon Maps the user will need to go to the upper left corner and hit the "Search" button, then enter the address under "Address Search", then select the "Map" option (upper left). If the user wishes to see lot dimensions, etc., use the "Layer List" dropdown menu on the left side.
Please be aware there is some 'drift' in property lines as the photographic imagery is taken from aerial fly overs. While this tool is helpful, the most accurate way to determine property line boundaries and dimensions, for a Site Plan for example, is to obtain a Survey from a licensed Michigan surveyor.
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)
- Building Permit Application with Fee Schedule
- Homeowner Building Permit Policy
- When do you need a building permit?
- Site Plans -- A simple Explanation
- 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.
- Required Submittals for NEW Residential Construction Building Permit Applications
- Zoning Table for Article V of the Ordinance
- Residential Sheds – A 3-step process to obtaining a shed permit
- Sign Permit Application
- Electrical Permit
- Mechanical Permit
- Plumbing Permit
- Residential Shed - A 3-step process to building a shed
- 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
- Zoning Map
- Informational Guide Fence Regulations and Permits -- Feb 2021
- Chapter 12 Fences from the Code of Ordinances
- Fence Application, Process and Instructions
- Example Site Plan
Rental Program and Permits
Administration, scheduling, and inspection of all rental properties is processed through the Inspection Department:
- Residential Rental Informational Handout - January 2021
- 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
- Carbon Monoxide Detector requirements for Rental Certification
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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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