City

Obtaining a Permit

Many home improvements require a building permit from the City of Tecumseh's Development Services Department.

Before making any additions or improvements to property in the city, it is important to check if any permits are required for the project. The Master Deed or Covenants and Restrictions should also be checked, as there may be some restrictions that apply for a particular development.

Many homeowners' associations may also have an Architectural Review Committee that serves as the review board for any projects that affect the property.

This committee usually requires a sketch of proposed projects for their review. Once they grant approval the approved drawing with signature(s) needs to be brought back to the Development Services Department.

The Development Services Department has a pamphlet which can guide and assist the homeowner in complying with the Mathieu - Gast Act so they may receive relief from property assessments based on normal repairs, replacements, and maintenance expenditures. Stop into the Development Services Department to pick up a copy of this brochure.

Building Services Department

The Building Services Department,under Director Bradley A. Raymond, is responsible for the following services:

Issuing building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits,
site plan review, zoning compliance, property maintenance complaints,
noxious weed complaints, setting Zoning Board of Appeals dates,
Planning Commission meetings, Historic Preservation Commission
meetings, Construction Board of Appeals, Property Maintenance
Board of Appeals and similar matters. Mr. Raymond is the
Building Inspector and Zoning Administrator.

Tecumseh Development Standards

This Department oversees all new construction and additions to existing buildings in the city, including industrial, commercial and residential properties.

The Department also ensures that all construction meets State of
Michigan Codes. Building Division inspectors review construction at
certain stages and at the conclusion of all projects to ensure compliance
with all the City's Building Codes and Construction Standards.

Other Useful Phone Numbers:

State of Michigan (Administration) ....................... (517) 241-9302
MISS DIG..................................................................1-800-482-7171
Consumers Energy (gas and electric)....................1-800-477-5050
Lenawee County Health Dept.................................(517) 264-5204
Midwest Energy Cooperative.................................1-800-492-5989
Midwest Energy Cooperative..................................(517) 263-1808

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Notice – City of Tecumseh

Effective October 22, 2012, The City of Tecumseh will no longer
issue burn permits for open burning of trees, logs, stumps, brush,
leaves and grass clippings. State of Michigan Public Act 451 of 1994
prohibits this type of open burning within 1400 feet of a City.

The City of Tecumseh will continue to issue permits for
campfires per our ordinance and in compliance with Public Act 451.

However, the current city ordinance that regulates this activity
is under review and will possibly change in the future.