Permitting and Zoning Guides
County Permitting & Zoning Guides
Volume 2 of the Northwest Michigan County Permitting and Zoning Guides are now available to the public online. The county guides are available through a collaboration between the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Economic Success and respective county planning departments and commissions.
The guides are quick references for contact information and education tools for individuals, contractors, and developers. The guides include critical information about the approval process necessary prior to applying for permits or undertaking a project within a county or municipality. Volume 2 includes new editions for Charlevoix, Emmet, and Manistee counties and updated editions for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Wexford counties. With the addition of the three new county guides, this effort has created the State’s only comprehensive regional compendium of jurisdictional permitting and zoning processes. It is anticipated that the guides will be updated continuously in coordination with county officials.
The guides are not intended to be “do-it-yourself” tools, as project requirements vary. Following the flowcharts in the guides that have been developed in coordination with the respective zoning administrators does not guarantee that a permit or approval will be issued at the end of the process. However by using the guides, the applicant or contractor should have a better understanding of the process and expectations.
The applicant or contractor should always contact the local zoning administrator, plan reviewer, or permit agent of the various agencies prior to beginning a project.
Applicants and contractors are also encouraged to seek the assistance of local professionals who have experience in dealing with the requirements of permits and approval.