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   Welcome to our ZONING page!  Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions, forms, ordinances, maps, and other important zoning information.  ENJOY!

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South Branch Township
5245 N M-18
PO Box 606
Roscommon, MI 48653
989-275-8232 Phone
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Zoning Notices & Updates Minimize


During this Statewide, temporary suspension of non-essential services, limited availability of the South Branch Township zoning services will be provided remotely, via email and/or US postal service, on an ‘as needed’ basis.

If a project can be postponed until after the Governor has ended the stay at home order, please do so. If a project is so time sensitive that it cannot wait until then, zoning applications are available on our website and may be mailed with a check for the applicable fee to the P.O. Box address OR dropped in the night-drop box located at the Township Hall.

For general zoning inquiries, please utilize our website first, and email the zoning administrator with any remaining questions at . Emails will be received, and responses sent, daily (M – F) during this time period. Please do NOT leave voice mail messages at the office as they will not be retrieved or answered until the Governor's stay at home order has been lifted. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation during this trying time. Thank you! 😊


Stream Corridor Overlay Zoning District

General Zoning Information Minimize

Section 3.01 The Effect of Zoning

" use or activity on a piece of land shall be allowed or maintained, no building or structure or part thereof shall be allowed to be used, constructed, remodeled, altered, or moved upon any property unless it is in conformance with this Ordinance, and a zoning permit has been obtained..." (emphasis added)

Section 10.02 Zoning Permit

"No building or structure subject to the provisions of this Ordinance shall hereafter be erected, structurally altered, reconstructed, used, or moved, nor shall any associated excavation or filling of land commence until a Zoning Permit application, including a Firewise audit, has been filed with the Township Zoning Administrator and a Zoning Permit has been issued by the Zoning Administrator, except as otherwise permitted for in this Ordinance. No Zoning Permit shall be required for any lawful use of any building or structure in existence as of the adoption date of this Ordinance. No Zoning permit shall be required for an accessory structure less than two hundred (200) square feet in size; except when located in the Stream Corridor Overlay, as provided for in Section 5.07 of this Ordinance."

"The Zoning Administrator shall have the power to revoke or cancel any Zoning Permit in case of failure or neglect to comply with the provisions of the Ordinance, or in the case of a false statement or misrepresentation made in the application. The owner shall be notified of such revocation in writing."

"No Zoning Permit shall be valid until the required fees have been paid. Except for an accessory building or structure less than two hundred (200) square feet in size (which does not require a zoning permit pursuant to Section 10.02.1 of this Ordinance), no separate fee shall be required for accessory buildings or structures when part of the application for the principal building or structure..."

Section 10.02.3 Other Required Permits

"A zoning permit shall not be issued until all other necessary permits required by statute have been obtained or waived with the exception of those permits issued by the Crawford County Building Department."

Section 3.26 Zoning Permits in Relation to Building Permits 

"Prior to the issuance of any building permit in the County, it shall be necessary for any applicant to first apply for and obtain a zoning permit from the Zoning Administrator in accordance with the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance. All buildings, new, renovation for commercial, residential, agriculture, and accessory buildings must obtain a building permit prior to starting construction. All new buildings must comply with this Zoning Ordinance."

Firewise Audit Inspections

As noted above in Section 10.02, a Firewise audit is a requirement for the issuance of any zoning permit in South Branch Township. The 'Firewise Audit Inspection' is a free service provided by the township fire department, and is intended to assist property owners in becoming more aware of the preventative measures that can help safeguard their property in the event of a wildfire. 

For more information click the link here to view the brochure:  Firewise Brochure - 2019.pdf

Zoning Hours Minimize

Monday - Friday

9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon


Site inspections are frequently scheduled and performed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, resulting in limited office availability on these days. If you need personal assistance with application paperwork or have project questions, please schedule an appointment for either a Wednesday or Thursday. 

Thank You!

New or Updated Regulations Minimize

For more detailed information regarding short-term and long-term (annual) camping please see Section 3.06 of the SBT Zoning Ordinance.

Link to the long-term, annual camping regulations: Camping Regulations-Annual Camping (LT).pdf