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Township Resources

Zoning Ordinances are adopted by each township to promote the health, safety, morals, or general welfare, or to secure the orderly development of approaches to municipalities. The following resources are to assist townships process the various applications they may receive.


Zoning Map Amendments officially change the zoning district of a property, allowing different land uses (residential, commercial, etc.) and density (number of dwelling units or size of buildings) requirements on the property.

Conditional Use Permits grant an official exception which allows the property owner use of their land in a way not otherwise permitted within the particular zoning district.

Appeals allow an applicant to appeal an official decision regarding land use.

Housing Moving Permits authorize an applicant to move a building or structure across or over any roadway.

Variances allow a deviation from the rules of the local ordinances or regulations.

Building Permits give approval for any new construction, addition, remodeling project, or structural alteration, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects.


Zoning Map Amendment/Conditional Use Permit/Appeal Application

House Moving Permit Application

Variance Application

Residential Building Permit Application

Commercial Building Permit Application

Application Checklists

Temporary Workforce Housing Zoning Ordinance Example

On-Site Sewage Treatment Systems Information Guide

To register your Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation zoning language, please email a signed ordinance to


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