Geographic Information Systems. An organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to efficiently update, store, capture, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms for geographically referenced information.
Ariel Imagery, Drains, Parcel Data, Road Centerlines, Future Land Use, PA116, Zoning, Fire Districts, Critical Infrastructure, Parks. See the GIS Data & Fees page for more information.
See the GIS Data & Fees page for more information.
Isabella County has created a map viewer which is interactive, users are able to use this to view tax and assessing information.
See the Interactive Map Viewer for more information.
If the property is located in a township under Isabella County’s zoning jurisdiction the Isabella County Community Development Office issues the zoning permit. This office is located on the first floor of the Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., Room 105, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
Zoning permits are needed for:
Procedures can vary depending on each circumstance. Contact the Isabella County Zoning Administrator by phone at (989) 317-4067 or at the Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., Room 105, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
Zoning permits are not required for residential accessory buildings under 200 square feet. However you are required to still maintain the district front setback requirements as well as allow for 5 feet from any rear or side yards.
Setbacks are the distance a structure is required to be from the property lines. Setbacks vary depending on Zoning District. Contact the Zoning Administrator for individual property requirements.
Sometimes due to the nature of the construction or the layout of a piece of land you may not be able to meet the required district setbacks. You would then need to apply for a Variance. Variance cases are heard by the Isabella County Zoning Board of Appeals. Contact the Zoning Administrator for application procedures.
Please see our zoning maps.
The Isabella County Zoning Ordinance does not prohibit single wide manufactured homes. However, the zoning ordinance does have minimum dwelling width requirements for each zoning district. Manufactured homes built prior to 1976 are not permitted. You must submit a title for the home to guarantee its age.
To report a violation, you can contact the Community Development Department and request a complaint form. Our forms are also available online. You must provide the owners name, address and the nature of the complaint. These complaint forms can remain anonymous.
|Home Occupation Permit||$50.00|
|Administrative Site Plan Review||$50.00|
|Planning Commission Site Plan Review||$100.00|
|Special Use Permits||$150.00|
|Zoning Appeals Request||$150.00|
|Zoning Ordinance with maps||$20.00|
A permit is required for any construction that physically changes or adds structure to your property. Some projects requiring building permits include additions, decks, siding, reroofing, remodeling with structural changes, egress windows, sheds, garages, pole buildings, moving or demolishing a structure, temporary structures, signs, repair from fire and natural damages, and any change in the use of a structure. If you are unsure if a permit is required always check with your local building department.
Building permits are not required for one story detached accessory structures if the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet, a fence that is not more than 6 feet high, a retaining wall that is not more than 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall (unless supporting a surcharge), a water tank supported directly upon grade if the capacity is not more than 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2 to 1, a sidewalk or driveway that is not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and is not over a basement or story below, painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work, a prefabricated swimming pool that is less than 24 inches deep, swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two family dwelling, window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support, and a building incidental to the use for agricultural purposes of the land on which the building is located if it is not used in the business of retail trade.
The Michigan Licensing Law gives a homeowner an exemption to act as his or her own general contractor. This means that in the case of his or her own single-family residence, that they will occupy, the homeowner may obtain a building permit for construction at his or her own home even though a licensed or unlicensed builder may be significantly involved. If you, the homeowner, chooses to act as your own general contractor and obtain the required building permit, please be aware of the following:
AS THE PERMIT HOLDER YOU, THE HOMEOWNER, INCUR ALL OF THE LIABILITY AND ALL OF THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT THE LICENSED CONTRACTOR WOULD NORMALLY ASSUME.
There are many building contractors out there, and finding the right one for your project is a big decision. The Community Development and Inspection Department staff can not help in making this decision, but there are a lot of agencies that can. Your local home builders association may be a good place to start. Checking with friends, co-workers, local building supply centers and Realtors may also provide some insight.
Typically it takes about 3 to 4 business days for a building permit to be issued. This time allows for the review of the application, requests for other information not submitted, obtaining all other required permits, and the issuance of the permit.
Building permit applications for new homes and home additions must be submitted with 1 copy of the house plans that include:
Building permit applications for modular homes (BOCA) and double wide manufactured homes (HUD) must include:
Building permit applications for residential garages must include a residential garage and accessory structure wall section and applications for pole buildings must include the residential pole building wall section.
Along with the requirements listed above the following may also be required to be submitted with a building permit application:
New homes over 3,500 square feet of habitable living space and all commercial construction building permit applications must submit an engineer sealed set of prints.
Permit fees are based on a few things. These include the use of the building, the size of the building and the value of the construction being done. Fees are typically calculated using a formula of square footage multiplied by an average cost per square foot for construction.
Section 113.2 of the State Building Code requires the permit holder to notify this office when any portion of the work is ready for inspection. Indicated below are the stages of construction when we should be notified to perform the inspection.
The Isabella County Building Inspector makes every effort to complete the inspection within 48 hours of your call for an inspection. However, in the rare event that the inspector can not complete the inspection within 48 hours work can not continue beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without approval from the building inspector.
Anytime you install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical system an electrical permit and inspections are required.
Electrical permits are not required for minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
A homeowner can apply for the permit and do the work themselves only on a home they currently occupy or are about to occupy (new construction). Commercial projects, apartments and rental units require an electrical contractor to apply for the permit and to also do the work.
Contact your local power company for the requirements for a disconnect and reconnect. An electrical permit and inspection is required though.
No, the coverage is very large for some companies and there are certain areas where a few feet can make the difference between which companies will service your property. You can contact the companies listed below and check with them:
The purpose of the mechanical code is to provide adequate requirements considered essential for the safe installation of all mechanical equipment in order to protect the public safety, health and welfare. The Mechanical Code controls the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of all mechanical systems, including heating, ventilating, steam and hot water heating, process piping, boilers and pressure vessels, appliances utilizing gas, liquid or solid fuel, chimneys and vents, mechanical refrigeration systems, fireplaces, barbecues, fire suppression and systems utilizing solar or geothermal energy.
Except for the replacement of minor parts, mechanical work shall not be started until a permit for such work has been issued.
A homeowner can apply for the permit and do the work themselves only on a home they currently occupy or are about to occupy (new construction). Commercial projects, apartments and rental units require a licensed mechanical contractor to apply for the permit and to also do the work.
Anytime you install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any plumbing system a permit and inspections are required.
A plumbing permit is not required for the stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe unless any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, then the work is considered new and a permit must be obtained and inspection made. A permit is not required for the clearing of stoppages or repairing leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures or the removal and reinstallation of water closets as long as the repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
A homeowner can apply for the permit and do the work themselves only on a home they currently occupy or are about to occupy (new construction). Commercial projects, apartments and rental units require an plumbing contractor to apply for the permit and to also do the work.