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Plainfield Charter Township
6161 Belmont Ave, NE
Belmont, MI  49306-9609

Phone: 616-364-8466
Fax: 616-364-6537

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


     Office of
Community Development
  Community Development Staff:

Contact Phone Number:
Planning and Building Services: (616) 364-1190

Community Development Director/Parks Planning and Development

Building Official

Building Inspector

Senior Planner
Assistant Planner
Ordinance Enforcement Officer
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant
Cascade Twp Electrical Inspections
Cascade Twp Mechanical Inspections
Cascade Twp Plumbing Inspections
Regis Mapping Service

 Documents and Forms


Permits and Inspection Forms:


Fees and Charges for these Permits and Applications:


Agreement Templates: (Rich Text Format)

» Township Ordinances and Forms Page

» State of Michigan- Subdivision Plat Maps

Plainfield Township's Community Development Department combines and coordinates the functions of Planning, Zoning and the Building departments in Plainfield Township.  Our mission is to streamline the processes that both encourage and regulate growth within the township. 

Barrels and Brews!
Join us at Rockford Brewing Company for our 2016 Rain Barrel Workshop series hosted by Plainfield Charter Township

Tuesdays at 6:30pm on:

  • July 19
  • August 16

All the details are here

» Planning
» Zoning
» Building
»Township Master Plan
» Flood Mitigation
» Permits and Inspections

Important Announcement of Changes for Plumbing Permits and Inspections for
Plainfield Charter Township

Beginning Monday, January 27, 2014, Plainfield Charter Township will be utilizing Cascade Township inspection services for administering plumbing permits (both residential and commercial)
and plumbing inspections. 
Click here for details

The Plainfield Charter Township Planning Commission will be considering proposed changes to the Master Plan Update_2016 as reccommended by the Board of Trustees, at their November 22, 2016 meeting. A public hearing will be held for comments. To view the proposed Master Plan Update-2016, click HERE.

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The Planning Division was established to coordinate growth within Plainfield Charter Township and is responsible for reviewing rezoning requests; sub-division plats and site plans, to name of our responsibilities. We also administer the Planning Commission (PC) and the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

On August 18, 2008, the Township Board of Trustees and Planning Commission adopted a new Master Plan for Plainfield Charter Township. This culminated a two year process of revising the township's Master Plan, which was last updated in 2000.  The Master Plan is designed to act as the "blueprint" for how we build and how we manage future growth in our township. The tools we use to follow this blueprint include such items as the zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances and the site condominium ordinances.

Zoning is a "police power" regulation adopted to advance and protect the public health, safety and general welfare. Other police power regulations are building codes, subdivision regulations, and health codes. Zoning is our tool to protect the value of property, prevent the establishment of nuisances, ensure compatibility between adjacent uses of land, protect and properly use natural resources, and help to implement the land use objectives of our Master Plan.

» Zoning Map * (.pdf )  4.2mb

» Zoning Ordinance

The Building Division of the Community Development Department for Plainfield Township provides a very important service for our community by insuring all requests for building permits are acceptable under our township and zoning ordinances, and any applicable state or local building codes. The Building Division also provides the necessary monitoring of these permits through mandatory inspections and approvals. With this permit process and the required inspections, our department can assure township residents that their homes, garages, businesses and other construction projects are safe, sound structures that will meet the standards and requirements of the building codes and township ordinances approved by the Board of Trustees help to maintain the continuity of the township as a safe place to live.

Please be advised that Cascade Township is now administering plumbing, electrical and mechanical applications, permits, and inspections for Plainfield Charter Township.  Submittal and payment of fees for plumbing, electrical and/or mechanical inspections shall be submitted directly to Cascade Township as well as scheduling of inspections.  You may obtain Cascade Township’s plumbing, electrical and mechanical permit applications by clicking on the following links:
Application for Electrical Permit     Application for Mechanical Permit    Application for Plumbing Permit
and/or by contacting Cascade Township’s Building Department:

2865 Thornhills Avenue, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Ph: (616) 949-3765
Fax: (616) 949-7271

Click here for Cascade Township's Building Inspections page

You may also review inspection results by clicking on the following link: Inspection Reports. The results are usually available at the end of the day the inspection took place or the following morning


Township Master Plan

The township's Master Plan is now available for download.

A Master Plan is an important document that the Planning Commission, Township Board, and land owners use as a guide for growth and development decisions. The Township Planning Commission and staff worked with the planning consultants at Williams & Works to carry out the planning process, in conjunction with a citizens’ advisory committee and significant public input.

The process used to develop the new Master Plan included four inter-related phases:

  1. The Community Profile that we commissioned provides an overview of key features, growth trends, population and economic analyses and transportation and utility information to describe the community today and identify implications for the future. You can download a copy of the Community Profile Report here. (This is a large .PDF file-- 3.7mb.  You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to read it.  If you do not have the Acrobat Reader, you can get it here.)
  2. The preferred future for the Township was established through a consensus-building element involving open-house and visioning workshops and a community opinion survey. These were used to develop a set of goals and objectives for the next twenty years or so.
  3. The Master Plan itself will includes a detailed evaluation of current conditions and a future land use plan based on the preferred future established in the previous phase. This includes extensive mapping and narrative to provide policy and land use guidance for the Planning Commission and Township Board.
  4. The final element is a set of implementation strategies that outline the work necessary to make the plan a reality in the community.

If you would like further information, please or call us at 364-8466. Also, please watch this website for more information on the planning process.

Flood Mitigation

Note: You may download the Final Report from the Flood Plain Committee that was adopted by the Board of Trustees on September 17, 2007.

The Township has completed a project to study the impacts of flooding and how to effectively plan for and manage both the short term and long term impacts on our community. For more information, click here.

Flood Insurance Rates:  For information about how the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 will affect property owners in the Township's flood plain, click here.

What is the difference between "Planning" and "Zoning?"


Planning was established to coordinate growth within Plainfield Charter Township. The Planning staff is responsible for reviewing rezoning requests; sub-division plats and site plans, to name a few. They also administer the Planning Commission (PC) and the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). In January of 2000, our Planning Commission adopted the updated Master Plan or "Future Land Use Plan." This plan is a guide for future land use in Plainfield Charter Township. In fact, the Future Land Use Map provides an illustration of the long-range land use pattern of the Township. In other words, this plan acts as a "blueprint" for how we build or manage the growth in our township. The tools we use to follow this blueprint include such items as the zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances and the site condominium ordinances.


The purposes of the Plainfield Township Zoning Ordinances are:

  • Promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare
  • Protect the character and stability of the various areas within the Township and promote the orderly and beneficial development of such areas
  • Regulate the intensity of land use and determine the area of open space surrounding buildings to provide adequate light and air and convenience of access to the property
  • Lessen and avoid congestion on highways and streets
  • Provide for the various land use needs of landowners, such as recreational, residential, commercial and industrial
  • Preserve agricultural lands that have been determined to be essential to the stability and future economic well being of the Township
  • Fix reasonable standards to which buildings and other structures shall conform
  • Prohibit uses, buildings, and structures which are incompatible with the character of development permitted in the zoning districts
  • Protect against nuisances and hazards in the interest of the public health, safety, and general welfare
  • Conserve the taxable value of land, buildings and structures throughout the Township
  • Provide for the completion, extension, substitution or elimination of non-conforming uses



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