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Charter Township of Union Building Department Isabella County, Michigan


Welcome to Union Township

Being a new resident in an unfamiliar town can be confusing.  To make you feel more at home, we’ve put together this information about how things work.  If your questions aren’t answered, please give us a call at 989-772-4600.


TRASH is picked up weekly.  Depending on the rental the landlord may be providing a cart or dumpster. 

RENTALS WITH TRASH CARTS:  If a rental has a cart, it should be placed at the curb early in the morning on pickup day and removed no later than 6:00 p.m. the day after pickup.  Carts should be stored in garages, back or side yards with adequate screening, out of sight from the street or alley.

RECYCLING:  Many items, such as glass, #1 and #2 plastics, cans, paperboard and cardboard may be recycled through the City’s curbside recycling program, which will reduce the amount and thus the cost of trash disposal.  See list of acceptable materials on the Isabella County web page at:  or call 773-9631 for further information. 

Rentals with three or less single family units have curbside (or alley) pickup of recyclables.  Acceptable items are picked up weekly on the same day and in the same place as trash, as long as they are placed in a blue bin.

Property licensed for 3 or more people in a single unit or having 4 or more units is not eligible for curbside recycling.  Larger apartment complexes may offer on-site recycling, or residents may drop off acceptable items free of charge at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at 4208 East River Road.  For further information, call the MRF at 773-9631.

FURNITURE:  Couches, chairs, or other furniture designed for indoor use may not be placed on porches, in yards, or anywhere outdoors.

LAWN MAINTENANCE:  Grass and weeds should be cut on a regular basis.  Union Township ordinance requires that grass be maintained at 12 inches or less throughout the growing season. 

SIDEWALKS:  As a courtesy to other residents, snow should be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall.

ANIMALS:  Union Township local ordinance allows no more than 4 dogs and/or cats in any residence in the Township.  House and yard areas must be kept free of animal waste. 

Dogs may run loose when confined in their own yards; otherwise they must be leashed at all times.  Outside of the owner’s own yard, the person in charge of the animal is responsible for picking up any excrement the animal leaves, and equipment (bag/scoop) for removing it must be carried at all times.



All rentals in Union Township are regulated by the Rental Inspections Ordinance 2012.08 and are inspected annually by the Rental Inspection Personnel for conditions which might jeopardize the health and safety of the occupants.  If you have questions about conditions in your rental, please call Union Township at 989-772-4600. 


Problems with a leaking roof?  Not enough heat?  Inadequate parking?  In each case, tenants should first contact the landlord and ask that the problem be corrected.

If the landlord does not correct the problem, there are specific steps tenants can take.  They are outlined in “A practical Guide for Tenants and Landlords,” which clearly summarizes Michigan’s laws governing tenant and landlord issues, including maintenance problems. For a free copy, stop in at Union Township which is located at 2010 S Lincoln St.

If you feel you need immediate attention with a problem, contact the Union Township Rental Inspections (772-4600), or Isabella County Sheriff’s office (772-5911) and they can help you decide if the problem requires immediate attention.




Rental Property Information



Union Township adopted a Rental Housing Ordinance # 2012-08 that requires new rental properties to comply with all portions of the Rental Inspection Code and all other applicable codes with respect to fire resistance rate, construction, fire protection systems and means of egress. 




As an aid to prospective rental property owners, Union Township has developed a list of minimum standards for rentals and leases that can be viewed in the New Rental Property Information sheet and Rental Guidelines information sheet.  Another aid available to Tenants and Landlords is the handbook A practical guide for Tenants and Landlords.




The appointed Rental Inspector, Larry Sommer from Union Township will inspect all structures or portions thereof in the Township that are being leased or rented for human habitation using the Rental Inspection Checklist.  The Township will schedule an inspection and licensure of all existing rentals and leases after receiving an Application for Rental Inspection from the Owner or Agent and after all fee’s taken from the Rental Inspection Fee Definitions are paid in full according to the Rental Inspection Fee Schedule will the Owner or Agent receive a Rental Certificate stating the property is compliant with the Rental Inspection Code.