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Planning & Economic Development


To view the FULL DRAFT 2020 Van Buren Township Master Plan Update, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to view an interactive DRAFT 2020 Van Buren Township Future Land Use Map. 

View the active development projects map by CLICKING HERE. 

Local businesses seeking to move shopping or dining outdoors, please apply today for a FREE Temporary Adaptive Outdoor Dining and Retail Application.

Regarding Planning and Economic Development Activities beginning May 7th, 2020 until further notice: 

Since the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and elsewhere, building, planning, and economic development functions are impacted by the need to mitigate public health risks. The majority of building, planning, and economic development activities can be completed remotely in coordination with the Building, Planning and Economic Development Department. The documents below contain information on how to proceed with your building, planning, and economic development needs:

COVID-19 Planning and Economic Development Updates Guide (PDF)

Return to Work Guidelines for Construction from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (PDF)

General Reference Information

Department Main Phone Line: (734)-699-8913
Inspection Line: (734)-699-6564
Fax : (734)-699-8958
Emails for building permits and inspections:


Director of Planning & Economic Development: Dan Power
Director of Public Services: Matthew Best
Executive Assistant: Elizabeth Renaud
Account Clerk: Tina Grishaber
Account Clerk: Tammy Dohring
Account Clerk: Deanna Murphy
Building/Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector: Judy Fields

Electrical inspections: The Township’s electrical permitting and inspection services are provided by using two electrical inspectors.
More information can be obtained regarding building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits and inspections by contacting

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Online Assessment, Property Tax and Permit Data

To be notified in advance of all Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings, contact the Planning and Economic Development Department at (734) 699-8913 or

Pre-application Meetings
Prospective developers may request an optional meeting with staff to discuss the application requirements and process prior to submittal.  To find out more information, view the Development Guide below, or call (734) 699-8913.

Customer Feedback Survey
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View the 2019 Planning Commission Annual Report

Public Participation Plan
Base Master Plan
Development Guide
South Side Master Plan Full Document with Maps
South Side Master Plan without Maps
South Side Master Plan – Chapters Only
South Side Master Plan – Maps Only

Planning and Zoning
Temporary Outdoor Dining and Retail Application
BZA Application
Future Land Use Map
Planning & Zoning Application
Temporary Land Use / Special Event Application
Official Zoning Map
Adopted Zoning Ordinance
VBT Master Plan Survey Results

Permits and Inspections
Building Permit Application
Electrical Permit Application
Fence Authorization Form
Mechanical Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Shed Authorization Form
Shoreline Permits
Sign Permit Application

Building Fees 2021
Electrical Fees 2021
Mechanical Fees 2021
Planning Fees 2021
Plumbing Fees Schedule 2021

Code of Ordinances
Contractor Tips
General Ordinances