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Request for Proposal (RFP) City Hall HVAC Roof Top Unit Replacement
Howard Ice Arena Open Skate Thanksgiving Schedule
We invite you to ice skate at the Howard Ice Arena over the holiday season. Please click on Open Skate Schedule to view the Open Skate dates and times.
Time to remove all election related political signs from your property
In accordance with St. Joseph City Code of Ordinance Section 25-3(6)h.5 temporary political signs related to an election must be removed on the 7th day following an election.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Water & Sewer and Maintenance Supplies
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a price list for the purchase of commonly used water and sewer repair parts and supplies.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Public Works Materials and Supplies
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a price list for the purchase of construction and maintenance materials and supplies for use by the Department of Public Works.Read more ...
Per- and Polyfloalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are a group of chemicals that have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an emerging contaminant on the national level.Read more ...
Howard Ice Arena Open Skate Schedule
Please click on Open Skate Schedule to view the Open Skate hours. The ice arena will tentatively open on November 18th.
October 2019 Newsletter
October 2019 Newsletter Volume 25, Issue 4 has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
The Inspection Department processes all permits and performs all inspections for Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing activities within the City.
Chief Building Official:
Code Enforcement Officer:
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
The Inspection Department also processes all Zoning activities.
- Conditional Use Permit - Short Term Rental (PDF)
- Sign Permit Application (PDF)
- Mechanical Permit (PDF)
- Electrical Permit(PDF)
- Plumbing Permit (PDF)
- Building Permit (PDF)
- Homeowner Building Permit Policy (PDF)
- Required Submittals for a Residential Construction Building Permit (PDF)
- Residential Fences – A 4-step process to building a fence (PDF)
- Residential Sheds – A 3-step process to obtaining a shed permit (PDF)
- Building Permit Fees (PDF)
- Downtown Dumpster Permit Form (PDF)
- Dumpster Permit (PDF)
- Pre-Demolition Utility Disconnect Form (PDF)
Note: PDFs are printable forms that can be opened on any computer. If you need to download the reader please visit the Adobe Reader website.
Building Permits must be obtained from the Inspection Department before beginning any construction, remodeling, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing work valued in excess of $100. Purely cosmetic (non-structural) changes such as painting are exempt.
Rental Permits: Administration, scheduling, and inspection of all rental properties. See Rental Inspection Ordinance, Rental Registration for Short Term Rental (Fillable) Form, and Rental Registration for Minimum One Month Stay Rental (Fill In) Form.
Tenants: If you are the tenant of a rental property, please contact this department if you have any property maintenance concerns involving your apartment. (i.e. no heat, no hot water, etc.) We will contact the landlord on your behalf to ensure that any code violations are corrected promptly.
The City will be enforcing the following codes:
- 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 directly from the State of Michigan:
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services
Bureau of Construction Codes
P.O. Box 30255, Lansing, MI 48909
With the building boom still in full swing, Building Department employees are working hard to keep up with the inspection requests, plan reviews, permit issuances, code questions, etc.
To cut down on delays, please be sure to include ALL necessary documentation when submitting plans for review. For Building Permits, please be sure to include two sets of blueprints.
If you have any questions about these topics, please contact the City and we will be happy to help you.
Property Maintenance Program
The Property Maintenance Program is designed to be implemented over a rotating 6-year period, with different neighborhoods of the City being inspected each year. Within the focus area, the Code Enforcement Officer inspects every property and identifies those which have deficiencies, as defined by the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code. It is the stated intent of this code 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."
Update of the 2019 Property Maintenance Program - Focus Area 5
For detailed information about the 2019 Property Maintenance Program, please click on it.
To view the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC 2015), please click on this link https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IPMC2015
To complete a Property Maintenance Board of Appeals Application, please click on it.
To view the Focus Area Map of the entire city, please click on it.
To view the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals 2019 Meeting Schedule, please click on it.
To view the Property Maintenance Issue Complaint form, please click on it.
To complete a Construction Board of Appeals Application, please click on it.
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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