What is the current zoning for a property?
Please refer to the Townships Zoning Map or contact one of the following Departments.
Residential: Building Department (248) 451-4842, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial: Planning Department (248) 451-4876, or email@example.com
How can I obtain a Zoning Verification Letter?
Zoning Verification Letters can be obtained by sending a written request to the Planning Department by mail or email (refer to Planning Home Page). Zoning Verification letters include the following information:
1. Current Zoning of property
2. Any applicable Overlay Districts
3. Whether the existing use is permitted in the district
4. Abutting zoning
Any additional information would require a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) form:
The Planning Department will be happy to provide copies of departmental public records, allow an opportunity to inspect public records or provide certified copies of public records. First, you will need to complete a FOIA request.
For FOIA requests that require research and documentation from multiple departments, please contact the Clerk’s Office (248) 451-4848.
Is a lot buildable?
Development Standards are available in Section 3.1 of the Townships Zoning Ordinance. Development standards include lot size and coverage, setbacks, building height and per unit living area. Also included in this portion of the Ordinance are principal and special land uses. To utilize this section, you will first need to know the zoning district associated with the lot in question.
Do I need a sign permit?
Yes –Signs in the township must be reviewed by the Planning Department for compliance with the applicable Township Ordinances. Following approval from the planning Department, you will be referred to the Building Department for any additional Building and/or Electrical Permits.
Exceptions: Window Signs, On-Site Real Estate Signs and Political Signs do not require permits, but, must be displayed in accordance with the Township Zoning Ordinance.
How long does it take to get a sign permit application approved?
Complete applications can usually be approved by the Planning Department within two (2) business days. All Plan review will be completed within ten (10) days. Application requirements are located on the back side of the Sign Permit Application. If you have any questions about submittal requirements, please contact the Planning Department directly.
What happened to my yard signs?
Yard Signs are permitted for non-profit organizations which have obtained a Community Special Event Sign Permit from the Planning Department. Unpermitted signs (and permitted signs that are installed within the right-of-way or corner clearance of an intersection) may be pulled by our code enforcement officers. Pulled signs will be held for up to five (5) business days and can be claimed from Township Hall during that time.
Do I need a Building Permit in addition to a sign permit?
A Building Permit is required for all signs that have a structural base or footing or are attached to a building. An Electrical Permit is required for all signs that include illumination. Building and Electrical Permits can be obtained by the Building Department (248) 451-4842. Building Department Home Page
What is a Community Special Event Sign?
These are temporary sign(s) and banner(s), including decorations and displays celebrating a traditionally-accepted patriotic or religious holiday, or special municipal, non-profit, or school activity or event held within West Bloomfield Township.
Can I open a new (type) business in West Bloomfield Township?
Development Standards; which include a list of acceptable permissible uses, and those uses that require special approval, are available in Section 3.1 of the Townships Zoning Ordinance. To utilize this section, you will first need to know the zoning district associated with the lot in question.
How long will it take to get on a planning commission agenda?
All applications that are filed with the Planning Department for Planning Commission Review will first need to be reviewed internally. Internal reviews range from administrative to multi-departmental. Once the internal review process is complete, an application will be placed on the next available Planning Commission meeting agenda. A complete application is considered to have met all township requirements and does not require the submission of revisions.