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Building and Zoning Department

Building & Zoning Director -- Michelle Stenger

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Services Building, 14485 Northland Drive,  Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 592-0105
Fax (231) 592-0176

The Building and Zoning Department is authorized and directed by the State of Michigan and the County of Mecosta to enforce the provisions of the Michigan Residential Code, the Michigan Building Code and the Mecosta County Zoning Ordinance. The purpose is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard life or limb, health and public welfare.

The Building Official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions. Such policies and procedures shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in the code.

Authorized Building Department personnel shall receive applications, review construction documents and issue permits for the erection and alteration of buildings and structures, inspect the premises for which such permits have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of the code.

The Zoning Administrator shall administer the Mecosta County Zoning Ordinance. This includes issuing all zoning permits and insuring compliance with the Zoning Ordinance before issuing a building permit and maintaining records thereof.

Appropriate action may be initiated by the Zoning Administrator to prevent, restrain, correct or abate any illegal act or violation of this ordinance.

Monthly Meeting Scheduled

  • Building & Zoning Committe Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and will change to 10:00 am beginning June 19, 2014.

  • Planning Commission Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and will change to 6:00 p.m. starting May 2014

  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. as needed

  • Dates and times are subject to change.


Permit Requirements:


Building Structure Information:

Zoning Ordinance and Maps (pdf format):


Mecosta County Master Plan (pdf format):

The Mecosta County Planning Commission is currently working to update the County’s Master Plan which was originally adopted in 2000.  Below are the existing plan and maps that go along with it.  We are looking for adoption to be sometime this fall.  If you have any questions or comments about the process or plan itself, please feel free to contact us at

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