Building / Zoning

Building Department Staff
William C. Klaassen – Building Administrator/Code Enforcement
Cathy Harris  – Building Department Clerk

Contact Us:
William Klaassen – Building Administrator/Code Enforcement
Algonac Building Department
805 St Clair River Drive
Algonac MI  48001
Ph. 810-794-9361 ext: 213
Inspections: Ph. 810-794-9361 ext: 214
Fax 810-794-4804
algbuild@algonac-mi.gov

The Building Department is established to ensure a safe and sanitary environment for the community through the enforcement of Building Codes and City Ordinances relating to construction and land use regulation.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan State Construction Code Act in accordance with Section 9 of Act 230, P.A. 1972, as amended, the building official of the City of Algonac is hereby designated as the enforcing agency to discharge the responsibility of the City under Act 230, State of Michigan.  The City assumes responsibility for the administration and enforcement of said act throughout its corporate limits.

PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS
Building permit fees, which include processing, staff review and all necessary inspections, are based on the cost of the project.  Trade permit fees are based on the actual work being performed.  Homeowners are eligible to obtain permits by filing an affidavit affirming they are doing the work themselves.

To request an inspection for all construction activity call 794.9361×214 a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  The inspection will be scheduled according to the inspector’s availability.

Permits are required for the following work.

  • New Construction
  • Alterations
  • Garages/carports
  • Decks/porches
  • Sheds
  • Fences
  • Replacement windows (if the overall size if changing)
  • Reroofing (if wood replacement is required)
  • Any repairs estimated to cost more than $600
  • Electrical, plumbing, heating/refrigeration work
  • Grading and site compliance
  • Signs

STATE REQUIREMENTS
Inspectors in Michigan are required to be licensed through the Michigan Consumer and Industry Services.  To maintain registration with the State, all inspectors are required to complete a number of hours of continuing education in approved educational or training programs.

William Klaassen is registered as a Code Official with the State of Michigan, with designation as Building Official, Building Inspector and Plan Reviewer.

Garrett Smith is registered as a Code Official with the State of Michigan, with designation as Mechanical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector and Plan Reviewer.

Fred Ouellette is registered as a Code Official with the State of Michigan, with designation as Electrical Inspector and Plan Reviewer.

CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION
All contractors who work on residential property are required to be licensed with the State of Michigan and required to register with the City of Algonac.  Upon request for a permit, the Clerk will verify registration status of a Building Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Mechanical Contractor or Plumbing Contractor with the City records.

  • When a contactor registers with the City, the holder of the license must appear in person.
  • The contractor must present a State License, and a verifiable picture identification card.  (I.D. card may be driver’s license or State I.D. card.)
  • The application requires the contractor’s name, address, phone number, Federal Employer I.D. Number, or reason for exemption, MESC Employer Number or reason for exemption, the applicant’s signature and date.
  • The contractor must pay the registration fee, as set forth in the City of Algonac fee schedule.
  • Only a Master Electrician (or homeowner performing work) is permitted to apply for and obtain an electrical permit.

Residential Builders, Electrical and Plumbing contractors are required to register with the City annually.  All City registrations expire on December 31 of each year.

A Mechanical Contractor is only required to register and pay a registration fee at the time their State of Michigan Mechanical License expires.

A General Contractor performing commercial construction is not required to be licensed by the State of Michigan, but is required to register with the City of Algonac and pay the annual registration fee.

BUSINESS LICENSE
The City of Algonac, Code of Ordinances requires all business owners to obtain a business license, in accordance with Chapter 11, Article I-IV.  The license is valid for one year, and the license fee is $25.00 (home based business is also $25.00).

Garage Sales require permits in accordance with Article III.

RENTAL HOUSING INSPECTION ORDINANCE
The City of Algonac, Code of Ordinances, Article VII (Multiple Dwellings and Rooming houses) and Article X (Single Family Rental Housing) set forth Landlord Registration and Inspection requirements.  The following is a guideline for the inspection of all rental dwelling units.  Further detail and description is set forth in the International Property Maintenance Code 2009.

Landlords are required to register all rental property.  Registration fee for a new Single Family Rental Housing Unit is $35.00. Inspection fee for a Single Family Rental Housing Unit is $75.00 per inspection.

Multiple Family and Rooming House inspection fee is $50.00 per unit, per inspection.  In addition, inspections are conducted every two years, upon change of occupancy or on a complaint.

Inspection shall be performed at least once every two years, upon change of occupancy or when a complaint has been filed.  The owner or agent must be present during the inspection.  The owner is responsible to contact the Building Department to schedule the inspection.

PLANNING COMMISSION
The Planning Commission reviews and takes action on the following items:

  • Site Plan review and approval
  • Lot split requests
  • Rezoning requests
  • Alley vacation (street and canal vacation)

Contact the Building Administrator for specific questions regarding the above items.  Applications for submittal to the Planning Commission are available at City Hall.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Applications and a $300.00 fee must be submitted to the City Clerk a minimum of 20 business days prior to scheduled meeting date of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  At this meeting, you may appear in person, or be represented by an agent or attorney.

Prior to the meeting, the ZBA gives notice to all persons on City tax rolls within a radius of 300 feet of property subject to the appeal.  There will also be a resume of your request published in a qualified newspaper at least ten days prior to the ZBA meeting.

Your application will not be considered unless all required information is provided at time of submission, to include a sketch or diagram of property depicting measurements, structures and proposed additions to the property.

The Building Inspector or City Clerk will be available to answer questions or assist you in filling out the application.

If your variance is approved you must obtain a building permit within a year of approval.