The Inspection Department processes all permits and performs all inspections for Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing activities within the City.



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Building Official:
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Joan Ross

Code Enforcement Officer:
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Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347

Inspection Department 

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 website using the link:,4601,7-154-89334_10575_17550-234789--,00.html

Additionally, you may view online access to the International and Michigan Codes for FREE at

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)

               - When do you need a building permit?

               - Required Submittals for a Residential Construction Building Permit

               - Residential Fences – A 4-step process to building a fence

               - Residential Sheds – A 3-step process to obtaining a shed permit

              - Code Restrictions for Mechanical Equipment

To view the Building Permit Fee Schedule, please click on it. To view the City entire Fee Schedule, please click on it.

Rental Program and Permits

Administration, scheduling, and inspection of all rental properties is processed through the Inspection Department: 

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.” 


Summary of the 2020 Property Maintenance Program – Focus Area 6

Focus Area Map of the Entire City

To view theInternational Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) please click this link

Property Maintenance Board of Appeals (PMBOA)

Property Maintenance Board of Appeals (PMBOA) 2020 Meeting Schedule

PMBOA Rules of Procedure

Applications, Forms and Processes - (Fillable Forms)

PMBOA Application –  2020 FOCUS AREA 6



Property Maintainance Issue Complaint Form

For specific questions about the Property Maintenance Program please contact Joan Ross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



























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