Welcome to Gaines Building Inspections Department


Hours of Operation

Building Department Hours:   Mon.- Fri. 8:30AM to 5:00PM

 Township Building Official, John Stuyfzand - Office Hours:  Mon.-Fri. 7:30AM - 9:00AM/ 
                                                                                                  12:00PM - 1:00 PM/ 
                                                                                                  3:30PM - 4:00PM
                    Electrical Inspector, Roger Sterk - Office Hours:  Thursdays  8:00AM - 9:00AM 

             Administrative Assistant, Diane Hanson - Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-5:00PM

All Mechanical and Plumbing Inspections are scheduled through Gaines Charter Township

Welcome to Gaines Charter Township Building Inspections Department.  Our goal is to provide you with all the necessary information to successfully complete your construction project.  This mission is carried out through the effective enforcement of the following codes:

  • Building:

                Michigan Building Code 2015   

                Michigan Residential Code 2015           

                Michigan Rehabilitation Code (existing code) 2015

  • Electrical:
            National Electrical Code NEC 2017 with Part 8 
  •  Mechanical
                Michigan Mechanical Code 2015
  •  Plumbing
                 Michigan Plumbing Code 2015
  •  Signs
            MBC 2015 and NEC 2017 with Part 8 Amendments
  • Swimming Pools
               International Pool and Spa Code 2012  (ISPSC2012)
                             as adopted by StateOf Michigan  in the MBC
                                                                       and  MRC 2015

The Building Inspection Department is located on the upper level of the Gaines Charter Township office at 8555 Kalamazoo Ave., SE at the corner of 84th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue.  You will find the Contractor's entrance to the East of the main entrance.  Homeowners and contractors may enter here to receive information regarding applying for permits and for other building information.  

The staff of Gaines Charter Township's Building Inspections Department is well educated, experienced and happy to be of service. Staff names, titles, and contact information is listed below for your convenience.

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John Stuyfzand
  Township Building Official
  Department Head
Phone: 616-698-6640 Ext. 126
Direct Line: 616-433-8560

Roger Sterk
 Electrical Inspector
Phone: 616-698-6640 Ext. 133
Mobile: 616-291-9396
Direct Line: 616-438-9289

Diane Hansen
  Departmental Administrative Assistant
Phone: 616-698-6640 Ext. 128
Direct Line: 616-438-9076


Permits and Property Information

We have provided a link to BS&A software so that you can look up information pertaining to real property, special assessments, tax payments (current and history), water and sewer  accounts, and building permits. Please click here to be redirected to the BS&A website.

Building permit applications may now be completed online.

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Applications and Forms

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Pool Ordinance


 Swimming Pools

Each year as the temperature begins to warm and the snow melts away, the phones in the Building Inspections Department begin to ring with questions about swimming pools.  Many people buy an above ground, or an inflatable soft sided pool, that has been advertised as "quick and simple to install"; " in as little as one hour". However,  some retailers fail to inform the buyer  that there are Michigan State Building codes and Township requirements, that must be met.  Many people do not realize this until the local building inspector stops in and informs them that there is no record of a pool permit, or that their new pool is a safety hazard because there is not an adequate fence surrounding the pool.

The Gaines Charter Township pool ordinance requires a $500.00 swimming pool security deposit be posted prior to the installation/construction of any pool that is two (2) feet deep or more.  No outdoor swimming pool permit will be issued (preventing the installation and/or use of the pool) if the security deposit requirement has not been met.  If installation or construction of an outdoor swimming pool is started prior to the issuance of a Township permit, the $500.00 pool security deposit will still be required, in addition to any potential penalties.

To help new pool owners get started on the right note, we would like to make you aware of some of the most frequently asked questions. Any pool that is capable of holding water 24 inches deep or more requires a pool permit and a 48 inch high fence (also called a barricade by code) with a self closing gate. Not just any 48" high fence, but one that meets state building code. Pools with a power filter system will also require an electrical permit to ensure that the pool is properly connected to the power source and grounded properly. Also, a zoning permit is often required to be certain that the pool is not infringing on property boundaries. Inspections are made to make certain that the codes and safety conditions are met.

This may seem a bit overwhelming and complicated; however, if you stop by or call the Building Inspections Department, we will be happy to assist you with the necessary permits and paperwork to get you going in the right direction.  Avoid an unpleasant situation; make sure all codes and conditions have been met.  Enjoy your new pool! 

Most application forms and permits are in PDF Format  gr smallpdf  and require the FREE Adobe® Acrobat® Reader available from the Adobe website.
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