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Community Development / Building

Tim Schmitt- Community Development Director 

611 E Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI  48843
517-546-3861   fax  517-546-6030
M-F  8 am to 5 pm

The Community Development Department facilitates and promotes high quality growth and development in the City. Department staff is charged with maintaining high professional standards, quick response times, and customer friendly service.  The Department is responsible for coordinating long range planning, current planning and zoning, code enforcement, building inspection, economic development, neighborhood development, brownfield redevelopment.  The department provides support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and the City Manager.

Read the 2015 Master Plan and Community Profile

 City Hall

Building Department
Inspections - Monday - Friday 24 hour notice required.


John Donahue -
Code Enforcement (Part Time)

Building and Permits

Permit forms and guidelines

Building, planning & zoning fee schedule

In accordance with Public Act 230 of 1972, State of Michigan Construction Code Act, the City of Howell Community Development Department is charged with the administration and enforcement of the Michigan Building Code.

Building permits are required for all construction projects including (but not limited to): roofing, decks, fencing, new construction, renovations/additions, demolitions and signs.


NOTE:  Effective May 31, 2013 the Howell City Council adopted an Ordinance that applies performance bonds to all permits. 

Keeping of Chickens

Effective October 28, 2013 the City of Howell allows residents to apply for a permit to keep chickens on their property.  The maximum number of chickens allowed is six, no roosters are allowed, and the permit application must be accompanied by the signature of all abutting property owners.  More information can be found in Ordinance #883.

Permit Application for the Keeping of Chickens

Planning and Zoning

Development within the City is guided by our Master Plan and regulated by our Zoning Ordinance.  If you are considering developing or redeveloping a site in Howell, or just have general questions, we encourage you to contact the Community Development as early in your process as possible.  We can assist you through every step of the development process, including site plan reviews, rezonings, special land uses and variances.

Plans and Publications  

NEW! City of Howell Master Plan 2015

NEW! City of Howell Community Profile 2015

NEW!  Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance Amendments

NEW!  DRAFT Form Based Code for South Michigan Ave. Corridor

City of Howell Zoning Map (updated December, 2013)

City of Howell Code of Ordinances (note:  The Zoning Ordinance is found under Part Twelve, Title Six)

Downtown Howell Market Study

South Michigan Avenue Corridor Plan, March 2008

Crosstown Trail Study

For questions or concerns, please email: planning@cityofhowell.org 

Planning Commission Meeting dates:
All meetings 3rd Wednesday of every month
7 p.m. - City Council Chambers 

Planning Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes 


Rental Rehabilitation Program

The City of Howell is launching a Rental Rehabilitation Grant Program for rental units in the downtown area in partnership with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).  We will be holding a public meeting to discuss the program with anyone potentially interested on May 7, 2014 at 6pm.  The meeting will be held at City Hall (611 E. Grand River Ave.) in the second floor conference room.  More information can be found via the links below.  If you or someone you know is interested but unable to attend the meeting please contact Tim Schmitt, Community Development Director, at (517) 546-3861 or TSchmitt@cityofhowell.org.

May 7th Meeting Announcement

May 7th Informational Handouts



 Rental Registration Forms and Applications

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement is responsible for the enforcement of ordinances that have been adopted to protect the public and assist in maintaining the quality of life in Howell. Ordinances include litter, zoning, signs, junk vehicles, nuisances, and noxious weeds.

Code Enforcement Complaint Form  (please email to enforcement@ci.howell.mi.us)