Building & Planning

Building Department: Liz Beathea
Office located at City Hall
241 S. Front Street   Dowagiac, MI 49047
Phone - (269) 782-8427   Fax - (269) 782-1838
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday
Department Services
  • Enforces the Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes, including permit issuance, plan reviews and inspections. Permits can be obtained from the Building Department or can be downloaded by clicking on the Bldg. & Planning Forms link above.
  • Enforces the Property Maintenance Code to ensure that city properties are maintained at minimal standard.
  • Serves as Planning Administrator, which includes inspections for compliance of final approval for new projects; compiles Planning Commission agendas; performs reviews for Master Plan compliance of all developments throughout the city.
  • Administers the Municipal Zoning Ordinance, including zoning compliance, certificates of occupancy and code enforcement on City ordinance violations.
  • Serves as staff liaison to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Access Plat Maps

Use the state wide website to gain information.

Codes Enforced
With every effort to make sure our community is safe we enforce the following codes:
Permit Applications and Fees
Other Forms and Information