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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

Quick Answers To The Most Common Questions

SCHEDULING INSPECTIONS

Two types of inspections are necessary:

  • Zoning inspections by Hamburg Township regarding the meeting of requirements under the regulations of the Hamburg Township Zoning Ordinance. To schedule zoning (land use permit) inspections, call the Planning & Zoning Adminsitration office at 810-231-1000 Ext. 221, or send an e-mail to Scott Pacheco, Planning & Zoning Administrator.
  • Building inspections by the Livingston County Building Department

Ordinances

Hamburg Township Has a number of ordinances and many of the provisions afftect zoning issues and concerns. To view these documents, click here to go to the Law Room.

  • Do I need a permit for my project? In almost all cases, you will need a Land Use Permit from Hamburg Township for the project you are planning. This includes building a shed, deck or garage and also applies to interior remodelling.
  • What document must I submit to prove that I own the property on which I wish to obtain a permit to build a project? You must submit a copy of a warrant deed showing that you are the owner of your property with your other documents when applying for a land use permit. If you are a builder or other contractor applying for a permit on behalf of your client, youmust obtain a copy of their warranty deed, and submit it when applying for a land use permit. Only a warranty deed will be accepted as proof of ownership.
  • What documents do I need to submit to apply for a Land Use Permit?  If your project is not listed below, assume a permit is still needed and call 810-231-1000 Ext. 221 for additional information.
    • Addition:3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing location, setbacks from property lines, well location, septic or grinder pump location.
    • Deck:  3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing setbacks from the property lines, well location, septic or grinder pump location.

 

  • Demolition of an existing structure: Proof of Ownership (Warranty Deed), notification letters from all utilities that service has been discontinued. If the structure was on septic field service, a receipt from the septage hauler that proves the septic tank was emptied.
  • Fence: 2 copies of a site plan indicating the height of the fence and its placement on the property.  View Fences and Walls Handout.
  • Fill: (more than 90 cubic yards) 1 copy of a site plan showing where the fill will be placed.
  • Garage: 3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing the location, setbacks from property lines, well location, septic field and tank/or grinder pump location.  View Accessory Structure Handout.
  • Pool: 3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing setbacks from the property lines, well location, septic field and tank/or grinder pump location. View Accessory Structure Handout.
  • House: 3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing setbacks from the property lines, well location, septic field and tank/or grinder pump location, proof of ownership (Warranty Deed).  - View Land Use Permit Info Packet.
  • Shed (199 sq. feet or less): 2 sets of construction plans, 2 copies of a site plan showing setbacks from the property lines, well location, septic field and tank/or grinder pump location. Accessory Structure Handout.
  • Shed (over 200 sq. feet):3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing setbacks from the property lines, well location, septic field and tank/or grinder pump location. View Accessory Structure Handout.
  • Seawalls:A permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is required before you will receive a Land Use Permit from Hamburg Township. View Fences and Walls Handout.
  • Hot Tubs: 3 sets of construction plans, 3 copies of a site plan showing setbacks from the property lines. You will also need to obtain Livingston County Building Department permits for hot tubs. View Accessory Structure Handout.
  • Horses:You need to have 2 acres for the first 2 horses, and 2 additional acres for each horse thereafter. In addition, the keeping of horses must an allowed use in the zoning district of the property.
  • Dog Kennels: A "dog kennel" shall be construed as an establishment wherein or whereon three (3) or more dogs are confined and kept for sale, boarding, breeding, training or sporting purposes, for remuneration.

  • Grading my property: A Land Use Permit will be needed from Hamburg Township and also possibly from Livingston County.
  • Minimum Size Home that can be constructed:The minimum size for a home is 1,000 square feet for a new home.
  • Location of my well/septic tank:You will have to contact the Livingston County Health Department or call them at 517-546-9858 for this information.
  • Floodplain: My mortgage company says that my property is in a floodplain. How can I find out for sure? The Planning & Zoning Administration can prepare a basic Floodplain Information Report at a cost of $20. For the most conclusive information, an Elevation Certificate Form supplied by the NFIP should be completed by a registered land surveyor or civil engineer.
  • Obtaining an address: You will be issued an address for a new home/business when the appropriate Land Use Permit is applied for and approved.
  • Junk cars/Trash: If a property in your neighborhood has junk cars and/or trash sitting around, contact the Planning & Zoning Administrator/Code Enforcement Officer.
  • Interior Remodelling: Land Use Permits are required for any kind of interior remodelling, including new cabinets, windows, siding, and even a new furnace.