If you plan to develop a parcel of land in Cass County here is a list of permits you may need:
ZONING PERMIT – Check with township/village/city for any fees.
SPLIT APPROVAL/PARCEL OWNERSHIP – Check with township/village/city for any fees. All parcels that will result from a property split including subdivisions, site condominiums, residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial properties need township/village/city approval. Check with the appropriate township/village/city for an application.
DRAIN CROSSING PERMIT – Fee $100 Issued by the Cass County Drain Commissioner – Room 215, Cass County Courthouse, 120 N Broadway, Cassopolis MI 49031. (269) 445-4428. If your development requires you to cross a county drain a permit is needed.
DRIVEWAY PERMIT – Fee / $50 Residential / $100 Commercial
Issued by the Cass County Road Commission
– 340 N O’Keefe, Cassopolis, MI 49031 (269) 445-8611 if your driveway will be located on a county road. Issued by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
if your driveway will be located on a state highway. A driveway permit is not needed if your driveway will be located on a private road.
ADDRESS – Fee $100 An address is issued after an address application is processed by Cass County Information Systems – Room 111, Cass County Courthouse, 120 N Broadway, Cassopolis MI 49031 (269) 445-4447. Required for all new homes and businesses in the county. Also required for obtaining utility services. Note – Obtaining an address does not constitute the approval to either split land or improve it through construction or otherwise. To view a list of existing street names click here.
SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENTATION CONTROL PERMIT – Fees vary depending on earth change type. A pemit is issued after a soil/sedimentation application is processed by Cass County Drain Commissioner – Room 215, Cass County Courthouse, 120 N Broadway, Cassopolis MI 49031 (269) 445-4428. Required when any soil is disturbed during development within 500’ of a body of water in the State of Michigan (lake, pond, stream, river, creek, drain, etc). Also required if earth disturbance is more than one acre in size.
BUILDING, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, & MECHANICAL PERMITS/INSPECTIONS –
Issued by the township/village/city
. An assigned address will be needed to obtain these permits/inspections.
WELL PERMIT – $125 Residential / Check with Health Department for Commercial fee Issued by the Van Buren/Cass District Public Health Department – 201 M 62 N, Cassopolis, MI 49031 (269) 445-5280. This permit is required for the installation of a private or Type III water supply.
SEPTIC SYSTEM PERMIT – $80 Residential / $120 Commercial (under 2000 gallons) Issued by the Van Buren/Cass District Public Health Department – 201 M 62 N, Cassopolis, MI 49031 (269) 445-5280. The Health Department requires that the owner call MISS DIG and that the utilities are located and marked before any site evaluation that involves disturbing the ground can be made.