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Welcome to the Charter Township of Union Website!

The purpose of this page is to pull information, permits, and applications from the various departments a contractor will typically work with for any given project.  The information comes from these pages (click to go to that page):

Building Department

Zoning and Planning


Downloads - Building

Housing Ordinance 2012-08 - The Ordinance adopted October 24, 2012

Current Codes - Listing of the Code edition year as well as important ANSI standards

Check First- Describes when you need a building permit.

Building Permit - Print our application and fill it out before you come in to save time.

Plan Review Application - Michigan Building Code - 2012 Construction Code

Rental Application - Registration and change in owner/agent information

Plan Review Checklist - Describes what is expected on a Plan Review

Download Information


Water Shut-off/on request form

This form is used to request the water be turned off or on at the road in the Charter Township of Union.

 Township Design Requirments and Specifications

This document outlines the requirments and specifications for designing an extension or hookup to the Charter Township of Union water and/or sewer systems.

 Water and Sewer Hookup Cost

This document provides useful information regarding the charges for connecting to the Charter Township of Union water and/or sewer systems.

Schedule of Residential Equivalents (REU)

This document provides the schedule of residential equivalents used for water and sewer hookup cost and quarterly billing.

 Water and Sewer Hookup Frequently asked questions

This document answers questions regarding hooking up to the Charter Township of Union water and/or sewer systems.

Summary of Permit/Approval Process

The Building Code. The purpose of the building code is to insure public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction, through structural strength, adequate egress facilities, sanitary equipment, light and ventilation, and fire safety: and, in general, to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the design, erection, repair, removal, demolition or use and occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.

What is a building code? The building code controls all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair removal, demolition, use, location, occupancy, and maintenance of all buildings and structures and their service equipment. The 2012 Michigan Building Code went into effect statewide on October 09, 2014. Provisions for one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses and their accessory structures as identified in R101.2 are included in the 2009 Michigan Residential Code.

Are building permits necessary? Before construction of a building or structure, and owner, or the owner's builder, architect, engineer, or agent shall submit an application in writing to the appropriate enforcing agency for a buiilding permit. A permit is also required when the use or occupancy of a structure or portion thereof is changed.

A permit is not required for ordinary repairs. Ordinary repairs to structures may be made without permit, but such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exit requirements: nor shall ordinary repairs including addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer drainage, drain leader, gas soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.