Land Use Permit Process & Forms

Welcome to HAMBURG TOWNSHIP Planning and Zoning.

First, you will need to complete a Hamburg Township Land Use Permit. 
Second, once you get your approved, paid land use permit, you will fill out Livingston County Building Department Building Permit here. The county will require you to show your approved township land use permit and stamped plans before applying for any permits with their office at 2300 E Grand River Ave. Suite 104, Howell, MI 48843.

A Land Use Permit is required for the following:
You need a land use permit whenever you build:

  • an accessory dwelling unit,
  • an accessory structure (like a garage, shed, gazebo, or pergola),
  • add an addition or remodel,
  • a deck or porch,
  • demolition of structure,
  • excavation, alteration or filling of land (50 cubic yards of soil),
  • encase a basement,
  • put up a fence,
  • a new home,
  • install mechanical equipment like a generator, furnace or air conditioner,
  • pour a cement patio,
  • tear off and shingle a roof,
  • replacing exterior doors and windows,
  • use your home for short term rentals,
  • use your home for a home occupation (Home Occupation Acknowledgement form permit),
  • replace siding,
  • put in a swimming pool,
  • replace windows and doors

Demolitions Require:

  • letters from all utilities proving they have been shut off,
  • an overview map of parcel showing all buildings onsite and what is being demolished,
  • a letter of authorization from property owner (or signed contract for work to be done),
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment of $45,
  • Policies and procedures for doing demos can be found in this brochure here.

 Short-term Rentals locations Require:

  • a site map of parcel,
  • Airbnb rental listing,
  • photo documentation of posted rules on door with map of property (see Short-Term Rental Brochure below),
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment of $40 (annually),
  • Policies and procedures found in Short-Term Rental brochure here.

Reroof of Shingles, Siding, Gutter, and Window/Door Replacement Require:

  • a letter of authorization from property owner (or signed contract for work to be done),
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment of $15.

Mechanical Equipment Installation (Generator, air conditioner, heater, jacuzzi, solar panels) Require:

  • ALL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT must be 7.5 ft. from the grinder pump! Nothing will be approved if it isn't!
  • Also nothing is allowed to be placed over the sewer lateral line easement -where the grinder pump connects to the road.  Make sure to call the Utilities Coordinator, Brittany Campbell at 810-222-1193 with any questions.
  • an overview site map of parcel (with all details shown as described in the brochure below) showing footage setback measurements from side/rear/front lot lines from the outside of mechanical unit,
  • a letter of authorization from property owner (or signed contract for work to be done),
  • specification sheets on mechanical to be installed,
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment of $40.
  • Policies and procedures for installing mechanical equipment can be found in the Mechanical Brochure here

Fences Require:

  • an overview site map of parcel (with all details shown as described in the brochure below) showing where the fence will be installed in relation to the primary dwelling and other buildings onsite/ also not the type and how tall the fence will be on the overview map,
  • a letter of authorization from property owner (or signed contract for work to be done),
  • image of the type of fence (100% closed, privacy or 50% open) to be installed,
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment of $40.
  • Policies and procedures for installing a fence on a site can be found in the Fence Brochure here.
  • There must be 7.5 ft. of space from the grinder pump and nothing is allowed in the sewer lateral line easement. Call the Utilities Department at 810-222-1193 with any questions. 

A New Business (Office or a food truck) opening in Hamburg Township

  • an overview site map of parcel where business will be conducted (with all details shown as described in the brochure below) showing footage setback measurements meeting Hamburg Township 
  • permission letter/ contract from owner of property
  • Approval from Livingston County Health Dept. to operate a food business,
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment of $40 (seasonal).
A Home Occupation (home office/business) Requires:

  • a completed Home Occupation Acknowledgement Permit Form found here
  • payment of $35 (one time fee).
Variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals Requires:

  • a completed ZBA Variance Application Form found here,
  • 7 copies of your detailed site plans showing what exists onsite, and showing what is being requested.
  • any other supporting information/reports,
  • payment of $500 (one time fee), plus $50 per each additional variance.
  • more information can be found here,
  • ZBA meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (your variance hearing will depend on when you turn in your paperwork and pay your fees).
Drainage / Grading work onsite:

  • Land Use Permit Submittal Checklist Form -ensure you meet all items listed on form found here,
  • a completed land use permit application, and
  • payment for permit.

Completing A Land Use Permit requires:

1.     Hamburg Township Land Use Permit Application - download here. This Land Use Permit Application Form must be completely filled out:

  • Top line (PROJECT ADDRESS) -should have address or Parcel ID#
  • Second section (OWNER) -should have the parcel owner’s contact information filled out.
  • Third section (CONTRACTOR) -should have the contractor's contact information filled out.
  • Last section (DESCRIBE WORK TO BE DONE) -should give as much detail as possible about work to be completed. If an air conditioner, a generator, or a fountain will be put in during the house build, please make note in this area that this will be installed and show where the unit will be installed on the site plan. We need to know where these units are being proposed to ensure they met our side, rear and front yard setbacks.
       Submittals needed with your completed Land Use Permit Application: see check list here.
2.     Project plans (work to be done) must contain:

  • front, side and rear elevations,
  • floor plan,
  • foundation plan,
  • window and door placement,
  • types of construction materials
  • cross sections as required by code,
  • electrical, plumbing and heating/air-conditioning detailing (specification sheets for mechanical equipment)
  • re-roofing, plumbing or electrical, a description of work and list of materials is usually sufficient. 

 3.     Site plan of the parcel where work is to be done, with distance details showing the locations of ALL items below:

  • existing structures onsite (shed, decks, porches, driveways, etc.)
  • Septic tank and leachate field,
  • the wells onsite
  • grinder pump
  • sewer lateral line easement to street,
  • alleys and roadways
  • lakes and river bodies of water
  • a legend with directional NORTH
  • dimensions of structures with the yard setback measurements for front, rear, and both side yards from these structures.
  • distance between structures, especially to ones being proposed.
  • If you are building a new home, or rebuilding within 400 ft. of a sewer line, you will need to call Brittany Campbell, the Utilities Coordinator, at (810) 231-1000 (Ext. 210) to ensure you have applied for and paid all sewer and water tap fees. These fees must be paid before your land use permit can be approved. Note: all construction and development must be at least 7.5 ft. from the grinder pump and sewer service easement.
  • An example of a typical site plan with a check list can be found here.

Note: It is important to know what Zoning District your parcel is in, to know what your required yard setbacks, maximum lot coverage, etc. that is found in our Zoning Regulations (Ordinance) here. Each zoning district has its own individual requirements and allowable uses. Also, you should know if you are in a wetland and/or in the FEMA 100-year flood zone. Livingston County GIS map can help you determine this here. We rely on property owners in providing us with where their property lines are located. If you do not know exactly where your property lines are please considered obtaining a boundary survey including location of structures on the lot. Click here for a list of area surveyors.

4.     ALL Contractors are required to provide a notarized letter of permission from homeowner, a copy of signed contract between contractor and the homeowner, or the Homeowner Letter of Authorization Form.

 5.     Payment fee for land use permit. Each project has a different fee so it is best to review the varied fee schedule here to know how much to include for the permit you are applying for. Payment with check through postal mail or check, cash, or credit card payment in person at the Township Hall.

6.      The Zoning Administrator may, at their discretion, require further documentation, if deemed necessary.

  • If you are in a designated floodplain area or on the Huron River, you will/may be required to submit a copy of your M-EGLE permit (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy), and/or an Elevation Certificate that reflect the elevations on your construction plans. If you are required to submit and Elevation Certificate at construction, you will also need to provide a completed Elevation Certificate at foundation and final construction from a local surveyor.
  • See list of area surveyors. If you are in a wetland, you will need a wetland delineation from a wetland environmental specialist. Here is a list of local environmental consultants:
    1. ASTI of Brighton: (810) 225-2800
    2. Certus Environmental Group: (517) 376-2270
    3. EGLE/DEQ- Jeff Pierce: (517) 416-4297
    4. Metro Consulting Associates: (800) 525-6016
    5. Livingston Engineering: (810) 225-7100
    6. Washtenaw Engineering: (734) 761-8800

7.     Ways to Apply for Land Use Permit:

  • fill out the land use permit application in person at the Township Hall and submitting all above items. Pay appropriate land use permit fee either with a check made out to “Hamburg Township”, cash, or a credit card. Completely fill out one copy of the Hamburg Township Land Use Permit Application, but make 3 copies of all other submittals (one set for Hamburg, and two sets for Livingston County Building Dept.) that can be "red stamped".
  • fill the application out, sending it through postal mail with a check made out to “Hamburg Township” for the correct land use permit fee, to: Hamburg Township, ATTN: Zoning Department, P.O. Box 157, Hamburg, MI 48139. For small projects, we only need one set of submittals (if you are sending through postal mail) since we will scan the stamped copy and email it back to you once received, approved and paid for. Make sure to include your email address on your land use permit application.
  • Currently, there are no available online options to pay for land use permits.

8.     You might be required to leave your land use application and project submittals here for a period of time so we can review the project. Your paperwork will be processed through the appropriate departments. Our inspector might need to go out to do a site inspection. You may need to stake out building projects such as a home, garages, decks, patios, pools, or any other structure that involves property lines and structures. You do not need to be home for us to do our inspection.

9.     Once the inspection is completed, and your project plans have been approved, we will call you to let you know. You will need to come back to the Planning & Zoning Dept. to sign your completed land use permit, pay the appropriate land use permit fee with the treasurer, and take your (2) stamped plans from the Planning & Zoning Department (that you will need to take over to the Livingston County Building Dept. in Howell) If you have any questions, please call the Planning and Zoning Office at (810) 222-1166.  

10.     You will take your Hamburg land use permit along with your (2) red stamped copies of your approved submittals to the Livingston County Building Department which is located at 2300 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843. If you have any questions, please call them at (517) 546-3240 or visit their website at  At this point you will work with Livingston County Building and Health Departments until you are finished with your project. The actual building inspections required under the state construction building codes are completed by the Livingston County Building Department. 


Resources for Land Use Permit & Procedures:

Brochures and Forms: Resources regarding the construction of accessory structures, balconies, decks, porches, fencing, and buildings:


Frequently Asked Questions
If you are unable to find what you may be looking for on this page, try the Frequently Asked Questions page - Click Here!

Zoning Amendment, Special Use Permit, & Site Plan Review Forms:
   In Michigan, if a Special Use Permit is needed, then a Site Plan Review is also required.

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  2. Request Fire Marshal Inspection

Updated on 7-26-2022 LDP

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