Phone (269) 925-0616
Office Hours (M - F):
8:30am - 5:00pm

Home Departments Building

Building, Planning and Zoning Departments

The Building Department is staffed by ICC Certified personnel and has been awarded the highest ranking in the State of Michigan by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The Department performs inspections and plan reviews of all development activities. Additionally, we are responsible for all zoning and planning functions relating to developmental growth of the community. Please come to the department upstairs now for Building permits, Electrical permits, Mechanical permits, Plumbing permits, and rental inspections. Water and sewer inspections should be arranged per permit direction. The Township is a full service department, recently having taken jurisdictional authority over the plumbing inspections. 

Please download a permit and print it (not a fillable form, yet), fill it out and either bring it with you or mail it to us as a completed application. Permits are complete when all information requested has been provided and fees are paid. See the rear of each permit for for further instructions.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the Township for direction. ORDINANCES CAN BE FOUND online at in the online library (Michigan, then Benton Charter Township). 

Department Members

Inspection, Planning, and Zoning
Chief Building Official: Thomas E. Baldwin, CBCO (email:
Commercial Inspections Andy Dean (email
Building Inspector Chris Fuchs, CBO (email: clauscfuchs@aol;.com)
Rental Housing Inspector Rod Wilder
Admin Assistant Stephanie Turney
Electrical Inspector: Ken Simpson
Mechanical Inspector: Rod Wilder
Plumbing Inspector Phyllis Centers

Code Enforcement

The following codes are enforced within the Township jurisdiction:

  • 2015 Michigan Building Code (ICC)
  • 2015 Michigan Residential Code (ICC)
  • 2015 Michigan Electrical Code (2014 NEC)
  • 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code (ICC)
  • 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code (ICC)
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (ICC)
  • 2015 International Fire Code

Code books may be available for purchase at the Building Department counter (call ahead)