Building Department Montcalm County Department of Building Safety

Montcalm County Building/SESC Department
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We do not close for lunch.

Only one visitor allowed in the office at a time.

Andy Arwood and Steve Willison will be handling office operations; and 

Mike Kalka and Phillip Baxter will be in the field inspecting daily; and 

All other inspectors will be working remotely.

211 W. Main St.
PO Box: 368
Stanton, MI 48888 
(989) 831-7394
(989) 831-7392 (fax)
Email Building Official Mike Kalka


PLANS – (blueprints or drawings) - Plans shall have enough detail to allow a builder to completely construct the project.  All plans shall show the type and detail of foundation, lumber size, and spacing (floor joist, wall studs, etc.), roof construction (rafter/truss details, hips, valleys, etc.) window and door locations and size.  A minimum of a site plan (show all buildings on property and distances from property lines), foundation plan, floor plan, and an elevation plan are required.  A copy of the plans shall be retained by the Building Department.  Commercial plans shall be signed and sealed by a registered architect or engineer.

Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Inspectors will be available for questions on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Between 8:00 am and 9:00 am
At least 1-day Notice is Required to Schedule These Inspections
Call 989-831-7394 to Schedule Inspections
Electrical Inspector, Colt Jacobs Inspects Tuesdays and Thursdays
Mechanical Inspector, Lance Gates Inspects Tuesdays and Thursdays
Plumbing Inspector, Doug Haase Inspects Tuesdays and Thursdays

The purpose of this office is to administer the state construction code. It provides building code enforcement in those parts of the county where townships and cities do not provide their own enforcement.

The Montcalm County Building Department was established in 1974 and today consists of 4 full-time employees and 3 part-time employees. The Building Department is responsible for enforcement of the State Construction Code Act of 1972. The State of Michigan mandates that a nationally recognized code shall be enforced throughout the State.

The Building Department issues Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Permits from this office along with providing the public with basic construction information and assistance in obtaining the required permits. The citizens and contractors of Montcalm County are fortunate to have one department that provides service to all 20 townships in the county. We also assist the City of Greenville by issuing Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Permits for their jurisdiction.  The City of Greenville issues its own Building Permits.

All inspectors have regularly scheduled times that they are available in the office to answer questions before going into the field to perform inspections. The inspectors for Montcalm County have nearly 200 years of combined experience to ensure the quality of service Montcalm County deserves. The Montcalm County Building Department is proud to offer what we feel is the best service available in West Michigan to our residents and builders throughout the county and surrounding areas. We strongly recommend that anyone considering a construction project of any size, large or small, contact the Building Department ahead of time. We will assist you in any way we can to help you through the sometimes confusing and complicated process of obtaining all of the necessary permits and documents to complete a project. One phone call can simplify the process and help to make your project a success.

Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control
Montcalm County Department of Building Safety is also the enforcing agent for Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control (SESC) in Montcalm County
SESC Inspectors: Mike Kalka, and Philip Baxter -, and
SESC applications are available below

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General Building Information
State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes & Fire Safety
General Construction Information
Responsibilities of the Building Department
Most Common Building Inspection Corrections
Montcalm Tax Assessors
Zoning Administrators and Assessors

Permit Applications & Construction Ordinance Documentation
Application for an Appeal to Construction Ordinance
Application for Building Permit
Requirements for Obtaining a Permit
Construction Ordinance
Application for Electrical Permit
Application for Plumbing Permit
Application for Mechanical Permit
Application for Contractor Registration
Application for LPG Tank Set Permit
Fire Suppression/Protection Permit
Gas Pressure Test Affidavit
Agriculture Exempt Application
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Residential Permit
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Commercial/Industrial Permit