Phone (269) 925-0616
Office Hours (M - F):
8:30am - 5:00pm

Home Departments Building

Benton Charter Township Master Plan Draft - July 2019

View the Master Plan here

Building, Planning and Zoning Departments

The Building Department is staffed by ICC Certified personnel and has been awarded the highest ranking in the State of Michigan by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The Department performs inspections and plan reviews of all development activities. Additionally, we are responsible for all zoning and planning functions relating to developmental growth of the community. Please come to the department upstairs now for Building permits, Electrical permits, Mechanical permits, Plumbing permits, and rental inspections. Water and sewer inspections should be arranged as directed on the permit applications (separate water and sewer permits, available below). The Township is a full service department. We are open for necessary business.

Please download a permit and print it, fill it out and either bring it with you or mail it to us as a completed application. Permits are complete when all information requested has been provided and fees are paid. See the rear of each permit for for further instructions. You may also call for fees and drop permits in the drop box.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the Township for direction. ORDINANCES CAN BE FOUND online at in the online library (Michigan, then Benton Charter Township). Ordinances are being updated. Call for confirmation of current status.

Department Members

Inspection, Planning, and Zoning
Andy Dean, Chief Building Official & Zoning Administrator (
Loyall Bennett, Building Inspector (
Deeann Scalf, Building Dept Adm Assistant (
Ken Simpson, Electrical Inspector (
Rod Wilder, Mechanical Inspector (
John Maier, Plumbing Inspector (
Chris Fuchs, Rental Housing Inspector (

Code Enforcement

The following codes are enforced within the Township jurisdiction:

  • 2015 Michigan Building Code (ICC) (available at the counter at our cost)
  • 2015 Michigan Residential Code (ICC) (available at the counter at our cost)
  • 2018 Michigan Electrical Code (2017 NEC)
  • 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code (ICC)
  • 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code (ICC)
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (ICC)
  • 2015 International Fire Code (ICC)
  • 2015 Michigan Energy Code (ICC); note ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 - 2013 pertains to commercial structures

Code books may be available for purchase at the Building Department counter (call ahead)