Bid Tabulations - Multi-Space Parking Pay Stations
Bid Tabulations for Multi-Space Parking Pay Stations (Bid opened March 21 at 3:00 pm).
Bid Tabulations - Tree Planting
Bid Tabulations for City Right of Way (ROW) Tree Planting (Bid opened March 21 at 3:00 pm).
Bid Results - Park Street Bridge Traffic Improvements Project
Bid Results for Park Street Bridge Traffic Improvements Project (Bid opened March 22 at 3:00 pm).
Bid Results - Guernsey Court Drainage Repair
Bid Results for Guernsey Drainage Repair - Opened on March 22nd at 3:00 pm.
Job Opening for West Basin Marina
The City of St. Joseph is accepting applications for the West Basin Marina.Read more ...
Job Opening for a Laborer in the Parks and Cemetery Division
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a full-time Laborer in the Parks and Cemetery Division.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Heating and Gas Line Upgrades for the Public Works Facility
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals for the Heating and Gas Line Upgrades for the Public Works Facility.Read more ...
March/April 2017 "City Connection" Newsletter
The March/April 2017 City Connection newsletter 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.
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
The Inspection Department also processes all Zoning activities, including:
- Sign Permit Application (PDF)
- Mechanical Permit (PDF)
- Electrical Permit(PDF)
- Plumbing Permit (PDF)
- Building Permit (PDF)
- Building Permit Fees (PDF)
- Downtown Dumpster Permit Form (PDF)
- Dumpster Permit (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 Form (PDF) or Short Term Rental Registration/Inspection (PDF) 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.
Inspection Department News
The City will be enforcing the following codes:
- 2012 Michigan Building Code
- 2015 Michigan Residential Code
- 2011 Michigan Electrical Code
- 2012 Michigan Mechanical Code
- 2012 Michigan Plumbing Code
- 2009 Uniform Fire Code
- 2003 International Property Maintenance Code
The Inspection Department will have Code Books available for purchase or you may purchase them 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 5-year period, with different neighborhoods of the City being inspected each year. Within the targeted area, the Code Enforcement Officer inspects every property and identifies those which have deficiencies, as defined by the 2003 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."
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- 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