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Rental Registration and Certification Program

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)

Q: What is Rental Registration?
A: Rental Registration is the process of filling out a form, called an Application for Rental Registration, for properties that are to be rented. The Application for Rental Registration provides information on the owner and the designated local agent who will be managing the property. The owner and/or agent is responsible to keep the property in compliance with city codes and obtain a Certificate of Compliance. A new rental registration form must be completed any time information about the owner or local agent changes…even just a phone number. Click here for a form available online to do this.

Q: What rental properties need to be registered?
A: The simple answer to this is “all of them”. Every rental property, from a single family house up through the largest hotel, must be registered as a rental and have a periodic inspection for certification.

Q: How do I obtain a Certificate of Compliance?
A: A Certificate of Compliance (or certification) occurs after a property passes inspection by a city housing inspector. Additionally, any violations that are cited by the inspector must be repaired and checked during a reinspection prior to certification.

Q: How long is the Certificate of Compliance valid?
A: The initial (first) certificate on every property is good for 28 months. When renewal is necessary the standard renewal period is also 28 months, however, properties that receive renewal prior to certificate expiration and meet several other requirements, may receive a 40 month certificate. Underperforming properties, or properties excessively delinquent in renewing their certificates, may receive as few as 16 months.

Q: I received a Conditional Certificate – what does that mean?
A: A Conditional Certificate may be granted when there are exterior violations that need correction, but weather prevents them from being accomplished. A Conditional Certificate will have a date the violations must be corrected and will list the violations on the certificate document. You do not need to contact the city if you complete the repairs, as inspectors will automatically inspect the exterior violations after the due date. If you need any additional time it is vital you contact the inspector to request additional time to avoid enforcement.

Q: What costs are associated with rental registration?
A: There are a couple different fee types associated with rental registration and certification. An Annual Rental Registration, billed each March (for the period of April 1-March 31) is currently $108 plus $1 per unit ($109 for a single family dwelling). Additionally, inspections and reinspections are invoiced as they take place, and are currently $75. There is an incentive to have inspections and all reinspections take place prior to certificate renewal; the cost currently is $54. There are no free reinspections. Additional costs may be incurred if enforcement becomes necessary for failure to renew the certificate prior to expiration or failure to make repairs after a correction notice is issued. Each Enforcement Letter comes with a $75 cost recovery fee and may be issued up to every 10 days.

Q: I have heard that if I have my family living in the rental unit, it is not required to be registered or certified.
A: It is true that immediate family may live in a property and it is not considered a rental. This includes children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters (and their families). Other extended family is NOT considered immediate family (cousins, aunts, uncles, great grandnephew, etc.).

Q: What if I am a homeowner and have roommates?
A: If you have roommates your property is considered a rental and must be registered and certified. There are exceptions to this, however, for life partners and co-owners (both persons on the deed/title to the house).

Q: I’ve heard I can only rent out my place to two or three people, is this true?
A: It depends on where your house is located. Certain zoning districts, particularly single family residential areas, do have occupancy limits. If you are in a single family district and are a landlord and will be renting your dwelling out, the occupants must be a family, or no more than two unrelated individuals. If you, as the owner, live in the house you may have two additional unrelated besides yourself. If you need any information on what zoning district your dwelling is located in or if there are applicable occupancy limits, please call 337-8026 and ask to talk to the Zoning Inspector.

Q: During the inspection, what are you looking for?
A: The inspector is inspecting the property against requirements of the International Property Maintenance Code plus several local addendums. Links to these requirements, as well as an inspection “cheat sheet”, can be found on the city’s website.

Q: Do I need to be present for the inspection?
A: Either the property owner or property agent (or another representative, i.e. maintenance worker, leasing agent) need to be present at the inspection.

Q: What if you find violations during the inspection?
A: If the inspector cites any violations, you will receive a Correction Notice. A Correction Notice typically gives 30 days to make repairs. If the property is occupied and any safety items are found, they should be remedied within five days. Work with your inspector for any special circumstances.

Q: What is a condemnation?
A: A condemnation means that the dwelling is not fit for human habitation. The reasons can be varied and can be temporary or long term. For example, if the water is allowed to be shut off, or the furnace isn’t working in the winter, the house may be condemned. Also, certain structural problems, or sanitary issues could also result in a condemnation. A condemnation may be lifted when the conditions resulting in the condemnation have been confirmed remedied by a city inspector.

Q: My tenants have caused damage to the rental unit; will you condemn my unit to get them out quicker?
A: When the city condemns a unit it is due to the condition of the unit. Landlords must file evictions through the court system if tenants refuse to leave after a condemnation has been issued and/or if they want tenants removed for any other legitimate reason.

Q: Why do I have to replace the drain (trap) under my sink to a P-trap? It’s not leaking.
A: Many older homes were constructed when S-traps were standard. However, the plumbing code has prohibited S-traps, and a variety of other illegal traps, for many years. Unfortunately, home improvement stores still sell replacement S-traps, and there have been many illegal S-traps installed. Homeowners can repair their own drain, and a permit is not required for such a simple repair. Even plumbers often take the easy route and just replace what had been there. S-traps allow syphoning of the trap water, and allow sewer gases into the living space. If city inspectors find any S-traps that are not original to the structure – it will need to be replaced.

Q: Is a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector required?
A: A CO detector is a great idea, but is not required. A CO detector is available at any home improvement store, or places like Meijer, Target, Amazon, etc. Typical models plug into the wall and should be in any home where fuel burning appliances are present. Tenants should be encouraged (in the lease agreement if possible) to provide their own CO detector that they can install per manufacturer instructions.

Q: Where are smoke detectors required?
A: Smoke detectors are required in the following locations:

  • All bedrooms
  • All rooms other than bedrooms used for permanent sleeping
  • In each hallway outside of a bedroom or group of bedrooms
  • One on each floor (basement included)
  • Attics only if used for living space

 

Q: The tenants have removed the hardwired smoke detectors. Can I replace them with battery operated smoke detectors?
A: Once hardwired smoke detectors are installed they must remain. All new building codes require hardwired, interconnected, smoke detectors. There are now wireless options available (only the base unit has to be hardwired). It is recommended you cover tampering and removal of smoke detectors in the lease agreement.

Q: Are window screens required?
A: All openable windows must be provided with tight fitting screens. The code requires that they be available from April 15 to October 31. Between November 1 and April 14, they can be stored. It is recommended you cover tampering of/damage to screens in the lease agreement.

Q: Why can’t my tenant set up a bedroom in the basement?
A: Older basements were typically not constructed to be habitable space. There are specific requirements for a basement to be habitable, and even more requirements if it is to be used as a bedroom. Requirements include natural light, natural ventilation, ceiling height, separation from utilities, and a bedroom egress window. Consult with your housing inspector to see if your basement is habitable. Some basements that were converted to “living space” by owner occupants find out that the habitable standards are not met when the property is converted to rental.

Q: My house has bed bugs – what do I do?
A: Bed bugs are NOT regulated by a city code and the city inspectors do NOT inspect for bed bugs. Bed bugs are not necessarily a sign of filthy living conditions and are not known to carry communicable disease. Bed bugs are an annoyance for persons who are sensitive to their bites, but not everyone reacts. Bed bugs are very mobile, and can originate from anywhere and can be brought in on clothing, luggage, furniture or other items. Further, they can go for extremely long times without feeding. If you believe your unit has bedbugs, you must work with your tenant and call a professional exterminator to deal with the issue.

We hope your questions were answered. If not, feel free to send any questions to kzoorentalprogram@kalamazoocity.org

Click here for a PDF of these frequently asked questions.

Planning and Zoning:

The Planning Division works with current land use planning, future land use planning and zoning. Using Plan Kalamazoo, the city's Master Plan, and the City's Code of Ordinances, Planning staff directs future growth and redevelopment to help create a better, more sustainable community. Much of the work performed by the Planning Division is guided by the Zoning Ordinance within the City's Code of Ordinances. The Planning Division supports the work of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as the Site Plan Review Committee, and the Downtown Design Review Committee.


What's New:

The 2025 Master Plan Draft for public review and comment.  The public comment period will run through September 15, 2017!

Our Zoning & Future Land Use Maps are now online!  You can access them below in the "Links to Important Pages and Documents" section!


How to Reach Us:

Community Planning & Development Department
City of Kalamazoo
415 Stockbridge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269)337-8044


Links to Important Pages and Documents:

Planning and Zoning Staff:

We are looking for citizens to join the Housing Board of Appeals.

The HBA considers appeals regarding the requirements, determinations, and decisions made by the city’s inspectors in their enforcement of Chapter 17 of the Code of Ordinances (The Housing Code). Also, the board grants variances to elements of The Housing Code in instances where literal application of the code would result in exceptional practical difficulty.

To become a member of this board you must be a city resident, and preferably have experience in construction, property maintenance, property management or similar area.
Boards and Commission Applications may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk's Office at (269) 337-8792 or you may print a pdf  Board and Commission Application .

If you have any question you may contact Housing Inspections Supervisor Debra Miller at (269) 337-8026 or via email.

The City of Kalamazoo is aware that bed bugs are a growing concern within the community, while we cannot treat or dispose of materials with bed bugs in them, nor can we recommend a private contractor, we have compiled a list of helpful tips, and information regarding bed bugs.

Links and Information:

Building & Trades Fees

Click on the category headers below for listings of related fees.

Fees Applicable to all Types of Projects

Work commenced prior to approval/permit issuance 2x original fee
Copying costs (First page + additional pages) $1.05 + .20
Code Enforcement Letter (may be issued every 7 days) $75.00
City Attorney case review referral $160.00
No show for inspection appointment $60.00
Inspection outside of regular work hours Permit fee + $75/hr

 Electrical Permits

Electrical Permits Definition

Copying Costs (1st page + additional pages) 1 + .20
Application Fee (Non-Refundable)  $60.00
Service through 200 Amp. $10.00
Service over 200 Amp. through 600 Amp. $15.00
Service over 600 Amp. Through 800 Amp. $20.00
Service over 800 Amp. through 1200 Amp. $25.00
Service over 1200 Amp. (GFI only) $50.00
Each Circuit $5.00
Fixtures/Smoke Detectors - per 25 $6.00
Dishwasher $5.00
Furnace/Unit Heater $5.00
Electrical Heating Units (baseboard) $4.00
Power Outlets (ranges, dryers, etc.) $7.00
Signs: Unit $10.00
Signs: Letter $15.00
Signs: Neon - each 25' $20.00
Feeders-Bus Ducts, etc. - per 50' $6.00
Mobile Home Park Site $6.00
Recreational Vehicle Park Site $4.00
KVA or HP: Units up to 20 $6.00
KVA or HP: Units 21-50 $10.00
KVA or HP: Units 51 and over $12.00
Fire Alarm Systems: up to 10 devices $50.00
Fire Alarms: 11-20 devices $100.00
Fire Alarms: over 20 devices (each) $5.00
Data/Telecommunications Outlets: over 300 devices $300.00
Data/Telecommunications Outlets: 20 - 300 devices $100.00
Data/Telecommunications Outlets: 1 - 19 devices (each) $5.00
Energy Retrofit - Temp. Control $45.00
Conduit only or grounding only $45.00
Special/Safety Inspection (includes certification fee) $60.00
Additional Inspection $60.00
Final Inspection $60.00
Certification Fee $25.00
Technical Code Inspection $75.00

 Mechanical Permits

Mechanical Permits Definition

Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $60.00
New Heating System (includes duct & pipe) $50.00
Gas/Oil Burning Equipment (Furnace) - new and/or conversion units $30.00
Residential Boiler $30.00
Water Heater $5.00
Flue/Liner $5.00
Solid Fuel Equipment (includes chimney) $30.00
Chimney, factory built (installed separately) $25.00
Solar; set of 3 panels (including piping) $20.00
Gas Piping; each opening - new installation (residential) $5.00
Air Conditioning $30.00
Heat Pumps (complete residential) $30.00
Bath & Kitchen Exhaust $5.00
Tanks - Aboveground $20.00
Tanks - Aboveground Connection $20.00
Tanks - Underground $20.00
Tanks - Underground Connection $25.00
Humidifiers $10.00
Piping Systems: Piping (per foot, minimum $25) $.05
Piping Systems: Process Piping (per foot, minimum $25) $.05
Duct (per foot, minimum $25) $.10
Heat Pumps (commercial, pipe not included) $20.00
Air Handlers / Heat Wheels Up To 10,000 CFM (RTU) $20.00
Air Handlers / Heat Wheels Over 10,000 CFM (RTU) $60.00
Commercial Hoods (includes puff test) Type I $60.00
Commercial Hoods (includes puff test) Type II $60.00
Heat Recover Units $10.00
VAV Boxes $10.00
Unit Ventilators $10.00
Unit Heaters $15.00
Fire Suppression/Protection $60.00+$.75/head+Engineering (if applicable)
Evaporator Coils $30.00
Refrigeration (Split System) $30.00
Chiller/Compressor $30.00
Cooling Towers $30.00
Air Compressor $30.00
Special/Safety Inspection $60.00
Additional Inspection $60.00
Final Inspection $60.00
Certification Fee $20.00
Gas Burning Fireplace $30.00
Technical Code Inspection $75.00

 Plumbing Permits

Plumbing Permits Definition

Application fee $60.00
Mobile home park site (each) $5.00
Fixtures, floor drains, special drains, water connected appliances (each) $5.00
Stacks - soil, waste, vent and conductor (each) $3.00
Sewage ejectors, pumps (each) $5.00
Sub-soil drains (each) $5.00
Water service less than 2" $5.00
Water service 2" - 6" $25.00
Water service over 6" $50.00
Connection (building drain, building sewer) $5.00
Sewers less than 6" $5.00
Sewers 6" and over $25.00
Manholes, catch basins (each) $5.00
3/4" water distribution pipe $5.00
1" water distribution pipe $10.00
1-1/4" water distribution pipe $15.00
1-1/2" water distribution pipe $20.00
2" water distribution pipe $25.00
Over 2" water distribution pipe $30.00
Reduced pressure zone back-flow preventer (each) $5.00
Special/safety inspection (includes certification fee) $60.00
Additional inspection $60.00
Final inspection $60.00
Certification fee $25.00
Domestic water treatment and filtering equipment $5.00
Medical gas system $45.00
Technical Code Inspection $75.00

 Annual Licenses & Permits

Annual Licenses & Permits Definition

Building wrecker license $55
Building mover license $35
Sign erector license (Definition) $40
Annual fee for signs projecting over public property $40
Annual electrical permit $80

Construction Plan Review (New for 2014)

Plan Review - Construction Drawings - Residential - Projects over 3500 sq ft (fee is non-refundable is review has occurred) $50 + 6% of permit fee
Plan Review - Construction Drawings - Commercial (fee is non-refundable is review has occurred) $50 + 10% of permit fee
 

 Residential Construction

Residential Construction Definition

The first $80.00 of an application fee is non-refundable.  Pre-manufactured unit fees are based upon 50% of the normal cost to $1,000. 

to $1,000 (includes one inspection only) $85.00
$1,000 to $10,000 $75 + $10 per $1000 over $1000
$10,001 to $100,000 $165 + $3 per $1,000 over $10,000
$100,000 to $500,000 $435 + $2 per $1,000 over $100,000
$500,000 + $1,235 + $3 per $1,000 over $500,000
All work not involving a square foot computation: Plan review and administration fee $80 + $65 for each inspection
Additional inspections per hour or fraction thereof $75.00
Special inspection (pertaining to sale of building) $100.00
 

 Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction Definition

$1 to $2,000

($23 for the first $500 + $3.05 for each additional $100 or fraction thereof to and including $2,000)

$45.00

$2,001 to $25,000

for the first $2,000

for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof to and including $25,000

69.25

$14.00

$25,001 to $50,000

for the first $25,000

for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof to and including $50,000

 

391.75

10.10

$50,001 to $100,000

for the first $50,000

for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof to and including $100,000

 

643.75

$7.00

$100,001 to $500,000

for the first $100,000

for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof to and including $500,000

 

993.75

$5.40

$500,001 to $1,000,000

for the first $500,000

for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof to and including $1,000,000

 

3,233.75

$4.75

Over $1,000,000

for the first $1,000,000

for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof

 

5,608.75

$3.65

 

 Miscellaneous Structures & Work

Miscellaneous Structures & Work Definition

General exterior repairs in a historic district (excludes painting) $35.00
Foundation permit (Definition) $100.00
Swimming pool (including fencing) $40.00
Fences over 6' high $40.00
Re-roofing $45.00
Re-siding

$45.00

Demo Permit $80.00 + $.07/sq. ft.

 Soil Erosion, Sedimentation, & Earth Change

Soil Erosion, Sedimentation & Earth Change Definition

Single family residence (Definition) $125.00
Land development project: first acre (Definition) $250.00
Land development project: each additional acre (Definition) $35.00
Trenched utility installation: first mile (Definition) $250.00
Trenched utility installation: each additional mile (Definition) $35.00
Excavated utility installation: first acre (Definition) $250.00
Excavated utility installation: each additional acre (Definition) $35.00
Sea wall $125.00
Pond $125.00
Inspection/reinspection (Definition) $60.00
Earth change work commenced prior to permit issuance (Definition) 2x original Fee
Permit waiver (Definition) $25.00
Technical Code Inspection, residential $75.00
Other charges/review by outside entities (Definition) Actual expenses

 


 Building & Trades Fee Definitions

Consumer Advisory:
It is the recommendation of this department to the homeowner who has hired a contractor to perform work for pay to withhold the final payment until the work has been inspected and approved by the City of Kalamazoo. Results of an inspection can be obtained on site at the inspection itself, by observing a bright green "APPROVED" sticker on installation, or by calling the Community Planning & Development Department at (269) 337-8026.

Abandoned Residential Structures
Any structure located within the City of Kalamazoo which is intended in whole or in part for residential use and which for more than 30 days is both unoccupied and to which one or more of the following applies:

  • Open to casual entry
  • Has one or more windows boarded
  • Has utilities disconnected
  • Is a dangerous building as defined by Article 7, Chapter 9 of the City Code of Ordinances
  • Is under notice for being on violation of Chapter 17 of the City Code of Ordinances
  • Is a subject of indebtedness to the City for more than one year
  • Or, because of disrepair or lack of maintenance in a condition that makes it apparent to the public that the structure is, in fact, unoccupied

Electrical Permits   back
Due to the self-explanatory nature of the Electrical Permit categories, no additional information is provided. If you require clarification, please contact the Building & Trades Division at (269) 337-8026

Mechanical Permits back 
Due to the self-explanatory nature of the Mechanical Permit categories, no additional information is provided. If you require clarification, please contact the Building & Trades Division at (269) 337-8026

Plumbing Permits  back 
Due to the self-explanatory nature of the Plumbing Permits categories, no additional information is provided. If you require clarification, please contact the Building & Trades Division at (269) 337-8026

Annual Licenses & Permits  back 
More information about the City of Kalamazoo's annual license and permit fees is available by contacting the Building & Trades Division at (269) 337-8026

Sign Erector License  back 
Required for all roof signs and signs extending over public property

Residential Construction  back
All Residential Building Permits pertain to 1 and 2 family residential buildings and related structures, including: new buildings, additions and alterations; attached and detached garages; attached and detached carports; patio covers and porches; accessory storage buildings (200 sq. ft. and over); and decks 30" or more above grade. In most cases, valuation can be calculated by multiplying the structure's square footage by $56.07. This figure is provided by the State of Michigan Building Code is periodically updated to keep pace with market conditions.

Commercial Construction  back
All Commercial Construction Permits pertain to new buildings, additions, and alterations for all types of buildings EXCEPT 1 and 2 family residential buildings and related accessory structures (above) and miscellaneous structures (below).

Miscellaneous Structures & Work  back
For more information about the fees associated with this category, please contact the Building & Trades Division at (269) 337-8026

Foundation Permit  back
This fee is in addition to the regular building permit fee based on total project valuation

Soil Erosion, Sedimentation & Earth Change Control back 
The Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act is a State of Michigan Law, Public Act 254. It was put in place to insure that a person who conducts an earth change does so in a manner that will effectively reduce accelerated soil erosion and resulting sedimentation. The City of Kalamazoo acts as the local municipal enforcement agency for projects within the City of Kalamazoo.

Single Family Residence Fee   back
Twelve month duration. Includes plan review, pre-inspection, permit, mid-term inspection, letter of permit closure

Land Development Project Fees  back
Twelve month duration. Applies to plats, land division, multi-family developments, manufactured homes communities, condominiums, industrial facilities, commercial facilities, and service facilities. Permit covers plan review, pre-inspection, permit, bi-weekly inspections, final inspection and letter of permit closure.

Trenched Utility Installation  back
Twelve month duration. Applies to gas, water/sewer, electric cable, fiber optic or other trenched utilities. Includes plan review, pre-inspection, permit, mid-term inspection, final inspection, letter of permit closure.

Excavated Utility Installation   back
Twelve month duration. Applies to gas, water/sewer, electric cable, fiber optic or other excavated utilities.

Inspection/Re-inspection Fee  back
Projects requiring additional inspections not covered in the Original Fee due to a lack of the proper implementation of an Approved Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control plan or due to a violation of Chapter 30 of the Kalamazoo City Code (including but not limited to the issuance of a Stop Work Order, a Notice of Violation, or erosion at a site not originally needing a permit).

Earth Change Work Commenced Prior to Permit Issuance  back 
Any earth change activity that is commenced prior to permit issuance of a required Part 91 shall be required to obtain the required permit or permits. The cost per permit shall be double the original fee.

Other charges  back
Applicants shall pay all additional engineering and legal fees, costs, charges and expenses that the City incurs over and above initial application fees in connection with reviewing, issuing, or enforcing an Earth Change Permit application. All costs must be paid prior to issuance of letters of review. A new permit must be obtained upon expiration of a permit if the work authorized by that permit has not been completed.

Permit Waiver  back
A Permit Waiver for an earth change within 500 feet of a lake or stream may be granted after receipt of a signed affidavit from the landowner stating that the earth change will be stabilized within 24 hours of initial earth disturbance, that the project will disturb less than 225 square feet and that the earth change will not contribute sediment to lakes or streams. The form for a permit waiver can be obtained from the Building Official.

Housing Fees

Click on the category headers below for listings of related fees.

Fees Applicable to all Types of Projects

Work commenced prior to approval/permit issuance 2x original fee
Copying costs (First page + additional pages) $1.05 + .20
Code Enforcement Letter (may be issued every 7 days) $75
City Attorney case review referral $155
No show for inspection appointment $60
Inspection outside of regular work hours Permit fee + $75/hr

Housing

Housing Code Document $8
Copying Costs (1st page + additional pages) $1.05 + .20
Rental Registration Violation $75
Ownership Search  $50
Unregistered Rental Violation (Definition) $215
Enforcement Letter (Definition) $75
Housing Board of Appeals (Definition) $79
Rental recertification prior to last certificate expiration (per unit, per inspection and reinspection) (Definition) $54
Rental recertification after last certificate certification (per unit, per inspection and reinspection) (Definition) $75
Hotel/Motel, Bed/Breakfast, Fraternity/Sorority, Rooming House inspection (per building inspected + per room inspected) $108 + $11
Residential pre-sale inspection (per dwelling unit) (Definition) $75
Housing Complaint inspection resulting in a violation notice (per dwelling unit) $75
No show for inspection appointment (Definition) $60
Annual Rental Registration Fee (per property + per unit) $108 + $1
City Attorney case review referral (Definition) $160
Dangerous Buildings Board referral $161
Condemnation (Definition) $134
Notice to vacate (Definition) $75
Open to casual entry (Definition) $75

Historic Preservation

Administrative Review without Building Permit 0
Administrative Review with Building Permit Building Permit fee +$35
Historic District Commission Review $81

Nuisance Violations

Owner occupied notice (per occurrence):  
Initial Notice 0
No response notice $75
Weed notice (per occurrence) $75
Weed Mowing (per occurrence) $75 + contractor charges
Curb Lawn $54 + contractor charges
Private Property Notice (trash, brush, porch, graffiti) (per occurrence) $75
Private property clean-ups (trash, brush, porch) $75 + contractor charges
Herby/Recycle Bin Location $30 + 10.25/ bin
Graffiti: Initial Notice 0
Graffiti: No Response Notice $74
Graffiti: Abatement $75 + contractor charges
Condemnation (Definition) $134
Condemnation reposting $27
Notice to vacate (Definition) $75
Repair or vacate notice $75
Open to casual entry (Definition) $75
Commercial/Industrial Complaint Resulting in a Violation Notice $75

Abandoned Residential Structures

Abandoned Residential Structures Registration Fee (Definition) $75
0-30 days $0
31-90 days (per month) $27
91 and over (per month) $54

Dangerous Building Board

Dangerous Buildings Board Referral (Definition) $161
Initial Hearing $161
Re-hearing $108
Title Search and Review (contracted) $269
Title Search Update $108

Housing Fee Definitions

More information about Housing Fees is available by calling the Housing Division at 269-337-8026.

Unregistered Rental Violation back
Found to be renting property without registration and certificate of compliance

Enforcement Letter back
Failure to comply with an issued correction notice or order

Housing Board of Appeals back
Application fee for taking a nonconforming issue for review before the Housing Board of Appeals (citizen group that grants variances to Housing Code)

Rental Recertification Prior to Expiration back
Inspection fee (per unit) when inspection or reinspection occurs prior to the expiration of the certificate of compliance

Rental Recertification After Expiration back
Inspection fee (per unit) when the inspection or reinspection occurs after the expiration of the certificate of compliance

Residential Presale Inspection back
Inspection fee for a housing inspection that could potentially lead to a certificate of compliance prior to purchase of that property (requires current owner approval and prepayment)

No Show back
Owner/agent does not show up for inspection

City Attorney Case Review Referral back
Recovery charge for preparation of housing case to be reviewed by attorney for issuance of an appearance ticket

Condemnationback
Recovery fee for inspection of property leading to condemnation (not fit for human occupancy) and posting of condemnation signs

Notice to Vacate back
Recovery fee for issuing a vacate order, meaning should not be occupied

Open to Casual Entry back
Recovery fee for inspection that leads to open to casual entry notice

Abandoned Residential Structuresback
Any structure located within the City of Kalamazoo which is intended in whole or in part for residential use and which for more than 30 days is both unoccupied and to which one or more of the following applies:

  • Open to casual entry
  • Has one or more windows boarded
  • Has utilities disconnected
  • Is a dangerous building as defined by Article 7, Chapter 9 of the City Code of Ordinances
  • Is under notice for being on violation of Chapter 17 of the City Code of Ordinances
  • Is a subject of indebtedness to the City for more than one year
  • Or, because of disrepair or lack of maintenance in a condition that makes it apparent to the public that the structure is, in fact, unoccupied

Dangerous Buildings Boardback
A property may be brought before the DBB due to the existence of dangerous structural conditions and/or visual blight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning & Zoning Fees

Click on the category headers below for listings of related fees.

Fees Applicable to all Types of Projects

Work commenced prior to approval/permit issuance 2x original fee
Copying costs (First page + additional pages) $1.05 + .20
Code Enforcement Letter (may be issued every 7 days) $75
City Attorney case review referral $155
No show for inspection appointment $60
Inspection outside of regular work hours Permit fee + $75/hr

Planning: Documents

Copying Costs (1st page + additional pages) $1.05 + .20
Comprehensive Plan Document $30
Future Land Use Map $10
Zoning Ordinance Document $25
Riverfront Overlay Document $15
Downtown Design Guidelines $20

Rezoning

Rezoning - first acre (Definition) $538
Rezoning - each additional acre or part thereof (Definition) $54
Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment (Definition) $323

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permit (Definition) $296
Child Care $54
New Sign for a Special Use $108 + sign permit

Planned Unit Development 

Preliminary Plan No Fee
Final Plan $500
Combined Approval $500
Rezoning and Plan $538 + site plan

Subdivision

Tentative Preliminary Plat Approval $269 + $5 per lot
Final Preliminary Plat Approval $376 + $5 per lot
Final Plat Approval $323 + $5 per lot

Other Planning

Comprehensive Plan Amendment (Definition) $700
Street/Alley Vacation $323 + fair market value of land

Zoning/Zoning Board of Appeals

Use Variance $484
Dimensional Variance $269
Ordinance Interpretation $269
Appeal of Administrative Decision $269
Temporary Use (30 days or more) $269
Temporary Use (Less than 30 days-administrative review) $161

Site Plan Review

Full Site Plan (multiple family residential) (Definition) $323 + $6 per unit
Full Site Plan (non-residential) (Definition) $323 + $6 per each 500 square feet of gross floor area exclusive of basement
Major Amendment to Approved Plan (Definition) Half of original Plan fee
Sketch site plan fee (excluding change in use) $188
Site reinspection fee (after first inspection) $108 each
Telecommunication Antennas Co-location $376

Zoning Inspections & Enforcement

Zoning Compliance Letter - single family & duplex $54
Zoning Compliance Letter - all other development $134
Complaint Inspection Resulting in a Violation Notice $75
City Attorney Case Review Referral $160
Enforcement Letter $75

Historic Preservation

Administrative Review without Building Permit $0
Administrative Review with Building Permit Building Permit fee +$35
Historic District Commission Review $81

Sign Permits

Special Event signs, festoons, banners, etc. (per week - 4 weeks max) $40
Grand Opening signs, festoons, banners, etc. (2 weeks) $54
Awning (fixed or moveable) $54
Sign Repair $54
Permanent (0-50 sq.ft.) $70
Permanent (51-100 sq.ft.) $81
Permanent (100+ sq.ft.) $91
Barber pole, clock, other ornamental specialty $54

Paving Permits

Drive for New Single Family Home (w/ building permit) $54
Residential (new and expansion, 1 & 2 units) $4
Residential (new and expansion, 3+ units) $64 + $6 per 1,000 sq. ft.
Non-residential (new and expansion) $75 + $6 per 1,000 sq. ft.

Tent Permits

First three tents $125
Each additional tent $25
Additional Inspection $80

Planning & Zoning Fee Definitions

 

Rezoning, first acreback
Changing the zoning designation from one category to another, making it more suitable for a proposed development or potential sale. This is the fee for the initial 43,560 square feet of property proposed for the new designation.

Rezoning, each additional acreback
The change in zoning designation for any property beyond the initial 43,560 square feet

Zoning Ordinance Text Amendmentback
Any proposed changes in the wording or definitions contained in the zoning ordinance. This is independent of rezoning requests, which are considered Map Amendments

Special Use Permitsback
Certain uses are allowed within various zoning designations if a special use permit is granted by the Planning Commission. This action would be used in lieu of a rezoning if the use desired is allowed with a SUP.

Planned Unit Developmentback
Used when additional flexibility is needed in traditional design standards for a development, overriding the requirements of the underlying zoning designation. For an all residential PUD, the minimum size for application is 5 acres. There is no minimum size for a PUD with a commercial element.

Full Site Planback
Includes accurate dimensional information, utility locations (real and proposed), landscaping plan, structure elevations, and vicinity map

Major Amendment to Approved Planback
Once a site plan has been approved, any major changes proposed by the developer, including (but not limited to) changes in structural dimensions, landscaping, or building orientation.

Comprehensive Plan Amendmentback
Any changes, text or map related, to the adopted Comprehensive Plan land use descriptions and/or recommendations

 

The City of Kalamazoo's Fair Housing Policy Statement

Equal housing opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, familial status, marital status, or disability, is a fundamental policy of the City of Kalamazoo. The City of Kalamazoo is committed to diligence in assuring equal housing opportunity and non-discrimination to all aspects of its housing financing activities. The City of Kalamazoo has an ethical as well as legal imperative to work aggressively to ensure that the City of Kalamazoo financed housing programs comply fully with all state, and federal fair housing laws.

If you believe you are the victim of housing discrimination you can contact the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan or call (269) 276-9100.

Know your Tenant Rights!

Fair Housing in Michigan

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Michigan Legal Aid

You may also contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or call their Housing Discrimination hotline number at 1-800-669-9777.

pdf  The City of Kalamazoo's Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan

pdf  Impediments To Fair Housing

RESOURCES:

Fair Housing Act as Amended (Title VIII)

Frequently asked questions about the Fair Housing Act

HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

National Fair Housing Advocate

People with Disabilities

RENTAL REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

~Ensuring safe housing standards for all rental property located in the City of Kalamazoo~

In an effort to help ensure safe and sanitary rental housing within the City of Kalamazoo, the Community Planning & Development Department oversees the Rental Registration & Certification Program. The program requires that all rental property be registered as a rental and then pass periodic inspections performed by a city Housing Inspector, culminating in the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance with the City of Kalamazoo Housing Code (Chapter 17 of the Codified Ordinances). This applies to every rental from single family homes up through hotels and motels rented on a nightly basis. A standard Certificate of Compliance is good for 28 months; however property owners who meet certain criteria can be eligible for a 40 month certificate. In addition to the periodic inspections, Housing Inspectors also respond to tenant complaints as needed.


What's New:


How to Reach Us:

415 Stockbridge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-337-8026
Info: kzoorentalprogram@kalamazoocity.org

Scheduling: rentalinspections@kalamazoocity.org

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm


Links to Helpful Information, Documents & Forms


Rental Registration & Certification Program Staff:

Inspectors Name Inspectors E-Mail Assigned Neighborhoods
VACANT kzoorentalprogram@kalamazoocity.org Central Business District, Vine, Westnedge Hill, Milwood
Jim Graham grahamj@kalamazoocity.org West Main Hill, Burke Acres, Northside (West), Stuart, and Douglas
Ken Koetje koetjek@kalamazoocity.org Eastside, Edison (North), Northside (East)
Mike Nelson nelsonm@kalamazoocity.org Edison (South), Southside
Yvonne Wright wrighty@kalamazoocity.org Arcadia, Campus, Winchell, Oakwood and South Westnedge

 

 

Building and Trades Department

Members of the City's Building and Trades staff are directed in their work by the Building Code, Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances. The general purpose of this chapter is to protect public health, safety and the general welfare of the people of the City as it relates to building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire and related aspects of the Code. Building and Trades staff also provides support to the work of the Building Board of Appeals (BBA).


What's New:

As of January 1, 2016 all payments for permits can only be accepted at issuance of the permit. Payments cannot be accepted at time of application. 

How to Reach Us:

Community Planning & Development Department
City of Kalamazoo
415 Stockbridge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269)337-8026

Links to Important Pages and Documents:

Building and Trades Staff:

Applications, Forms and Permits

All completed forms, even those that can be filled electronically, need to be signed. Please submit completed permits by, e-mail, mail to the Community Planning & Development Department 415 East Stockbridge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 or fax to (269) 337-8513.

As of January 1, 2016 all payments for permits can only be accepted at issuance of the permit. Payments cannot be accepted at time of application. 

You may also contact us with questions by phone (269) 337-8026 or e-mail.

pdf Commendation & Complaint Form - This form is to be used to file a commendation or complaint regarding to conduct of Community Planning & Development Department staff.

Planning & Zoning

Historic District Commission (HDC)

Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC)

Site Plan Review (SPR)

Housing

Building and Trades

              In order to obtain a Demolition Permit, you must also provide the required attachments;

Code Compliance Program:

The Code Compliance Program was developed in 2012 to consolidate Anti-Blight Program activities associated with inspections and enforcement of dangerous or hazardous structures with other elements of property blight enforcement. The Code Compliance Staff conducts inspections and enforcement of dangerous structures or dilapidated structures, structures found open to casual entry, trash and junk on private property, curb lawn trash, zoning violations, tall grass/weeds, and graffiti.

The Code Compliance Staff applies various enforcement techniques to encourage owners of such properties to promptly repair the building, abate the nuisance cited, or correct zoning violations. In the case of vacant and blighted residential structures, the City has a vacant & abandoned structure registration and monitoring program set forth under Chapter 9, Article VIII, of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances.

Dilapidated or dangerous structures that remain in noncompliance may referred to the Dangerous Buildings Board (Chapter 9, Article VII), especially if the deterioration of a building is severe or the building presents a hazard or danger to the community. The Building Board of Appeals may authorize the City to enter and abate the violations either via repair or demolition. 


What's New:


How to Reach Us:

Community Planning & Development Department
City of Kalamazoo
415 Stockbridge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269)337-8026


Links to Important Pages and Documents:

Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances:

Important Links

Code Compliance Staff: