The Community Development Department is responsible for administering the City’s planning, neighborhood development, and construction regulation programs.
Building & Inspection
The Building and Inspection Division enforces the minimum standards for the protection of life, health, environment, public safety, and general welfare. The Building and Inspection division is responsible for building, mechanical, and electrical plan reviews and inspection. The City contracts with the State of Michigan for plumbing inspections. The following permits are reviewed and issued by the
Community Development Department: Building (remodeling, additions, siding, etc.), Mechanical (furnace, A/C units, etc.), Electrical (new service and changing of service, etc.), Signage, Driveways, Sheds, Fencing, Sidewalk Cafés, and Temporary Use Permits. Please contact the Department at 616-847-3490 for additional information and fees.
Rental Housing Program
Pursuant to City Code of Ordinance Chapter 9 (Sections 201-204) all rental property and units thereof must be registered on an annual basis.
Property Improvement Program (PIP) – The City of Grand Haven currently serves as a Community Agent for the MSHDA program which offers long term, low-interest home improvement loans for both owner-occupied and rental property here in the City. To learn more about (PIP) please click on the following link PIP Brochure.
The Neighborhood Development component is designed to assist neighborhoods in maintaining property values and quality housing options for diverse populations.
The Planning aspect provides information and advisory services regarding growth and development; and responds to public inquiries regarding zoning, land use, and development standards. The department also processes current and long-range development applications in accordance with the City’s Master Plan and zoning regulations.
Grand Haven Master Plan 2016 – Part 1
Grand Haven Master Plan 2016 – Part 2
Building Coastal Resiliency in Grand Haven
Central Business District Tax Increment Financing & Development Plan
Central Business District Area Boundaries
Community Development Annual Report 15/16
Downtown Parking Study Report 2017
Parks & Recreation Plan: Introduction | Recreation Inventory | Goals | Recreation Survey
Chinook Pier Area Land Use Plan 2009
Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority – Recreation Plan 2010
Joint Robbins Road Corridor Plan (adopted 2011)
Centertown Vision Plan 2014
Downtown Vision Plan 2004
Waterfront Strategic Plan 2005
Downtown Design Guidelines
2011 Alley Study
There are many zoning districts within the City that have different requirements for front and side yard setbacks, building height, lot size, etc. Before you decide to add a garage or addition to your home, you will want to check on the zoning requirements for your property.
New Business Notification
The City of Grand Haven requires all NEW or RELOCATED businesses to notify the City of its plans. Notifying the city has several benefits to the business owner, property owner, and the city including safety, communication, and investment benefits.
For more information, please visit the New Business Notification page for the proper form and step-by-step instructions of the process.
Forms & Permit Applications
Forms and permit applications are available on the forms and permits page. Please download pdf file, print, complete, and return to the Community Development Department.