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Planning & Zoning

Cheboygan County Planning & Zoning Department is located in the County Building in a shared office with Cheboygan Conservation District.

For us to best provide guidance on your project we look forward to hearing your ideas well in advance of applying for a permit. This will help ensure that your project meets your goals as well as the requirements of the Zoning, Soil Erosion, and/or Stormwater Ordinances. This will also allow time for you to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals or Planning Commission if necessary.

All buildings or structures that are erected, moved, added to, or altered require a zoning permit. This includes such work as constructing an agricultural building, adding a second story to an existing structure, or placing a mobile home on a parcel. A Soil Erosion permit will most likely be needed for work done (including grading or other earth change) within 500' of a lake, pond, river, or stream. A Stormwater permit will be needed for commercial and industrial sites. Please contact us and our friendly staff for information regarding specific requests.

In general, non-residential structures and uses are reviewed by the Planning Commission and not administratively. Please contact our friendly staff for information regarding specific requests.

Some items to be aware of that will help us ensure your permit is approved quickly and meets your needs:

  • Your Tax ID is needed for new construction on a pending parcel split.
  • Your permit, once approved, remains valid if construction begins within six months of the date of approval. Once construction is complete, the permit is good indefinitely.

Addressing

A property address assignment is issued for new construction, electric service poles, tower & well sites and most inhabitable structures. To obtain a property address you can contact Sheri Staffan our Address Coordinator at 627-8465 or the Planning & Zoning office at 627-8489 for more information.

The process begins with locating your parcel identification number (PIN). This can be done quickly in our office. A PIN number is required as this number will physically locate your land and determine the road that accesses your property. Your can find your PIN online at cheboygancounty.net/equalization or we will be happy to find it for you!

The property address number is how the C.C.E. Central Dispatch Authority/9-1-1, locates you in an emergency. The property address number is used by the utility companies (phone, electrical, gas) and by the U.S.Postal service for local delivery and e-commerce (internet mailing). Your address number is used to reference your property for taxes, voter registration and assessing. Many delivery services use the online mapping, & GPS location services that require a valid address number. It is very important that your address number is used & displayed correctly. We have provided a display guide below for your reference.

Cheboygan County enacted the Street & Road Numbering Ordinance (see below) on October 12, 2004. It became effective December 12, 2004.

Code Enforcement

Planning & Zoning Department handles all Zoning and Soil Erosion/Stormwater complaints. Zoning enforcement excludes City of Cheboygan, Burt Twp, and the Villages of Mackinaw City and Wolverine.

If you wish to file a complaint, please do one of the following:

  • Submit a complaint form to the Planning & Zoning Department.  Follow up can be provided if a complaint form is submitted.  
  • Contact the Planning & Zoning Department to file an anonymous complaint. 

Please call Steve Schnell at (231)627-8485 if you have any questions.

FEMA Flood Plain Information

Many townships within Cheboygan County are receiving new FEMA Flood Plain Maps (FIRMs) and the new maps were official on August 16, 2012. These can now be viewed on the County's Mapping website. Even if your property is within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) your building or new project may not be. If your construction project is not within an SFHA even if your property is in the SFHA you may not be subject to the additional Flood Plain requirements. Please contact the Cheboygan County Building Official, Al Hoard, at 231-627-8407 for more details.

Certain areas within Cheboygan County near the inland lakes and rivers and tributaries as well as some low-lying areas have been identified by FEMA as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). A special flood hazard area is that portion of land subject to inundation by a flood and/or flood-related erosion hazards.

A building permit is required BEFORE beginning any construction. Some types of construction activities may be restricted if they are located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Other activities such as grading or filling may also need permits in SFHA's even if they don't normally need a permit if they were NOT in an SFHA.

Please feel free to use the following information to gain information about what the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) means to you. We recommend starting with the following material and read them in order.

FEMA - What is Flood Plain Management?
FEMA - Flood Hazard Mapping

Community Development Director
Steve Schnell
(231) 627-8485

Office
870 South Main Street, Room 103
PO Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-8489
Fax: (231) 627-3646

Hours
Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm

Additional Staff
Planner
Scott McNeil
(231) 627-8475
Soil Erosion Officer
Hank Jankoviak
(231) 627-8427
Planning/Zoning Clerk
Debbie Tomlinson
(231) 627-8489
GIS Technician
Sharon Weiss
(231) 627-8811
Address Enforcement
Sheri Staffan
(231) 627-8465