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Job Opening: Utility Billing Specialist
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Utility Billing Specialist in the Finance Department.Read more ...
City Hall closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1-21
Please be advised that City Hall will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up
Beginning December 26, 2018 continuing through January 25, 2019, The City of St. Joseph will pick-up Christmas Trees from city residents.Read more ...
Job Opening for Public Safety Officer
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Public Safety Officer.Read more ...
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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, including:
- 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)
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
- 2014 Michigan Electrical Code Part 8 (NFPA 70 2014)
- 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code
- 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code
- 2015 Michigan Energy Code
- 2009 Uniform Fire Code
- 2015 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 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 2018 Property Maintenance Program - Focus Area 4
For detailed information about the 2018 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 2018 Meeting Schedule, please click on it.
To view the Property Maintenance Issue Complaint form, please click on it.
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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