Planning & Zoning Information

Alan Beeker, Zoning Administrator

517-437-6449 or

Hillsdale City Zoning Ordinances
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Master Plan Update
The City udates its Master Plan every five years. The most recent update was adopted in 2015. The Planning Commission uses the opportunity to look into the future. Public participation is encouraged and public meetings are held during the update process to find out what the people of Hillsdale would like as the focus of that vision. More information pertaining to citizen participation can be found in the Citizen Participation Plan.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission for the City of Hillsdale is a seven member board. Their duties include review of site plans for potential building projects, regulation of land use, zoning ordinance adoption and amendment, re-zoning requests, preparation of a Master Plan, Capital Improvement Plan and review of capital projects. They meet regularly on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 PM at City Hall.

Site Plan petitions are required for submission of review by the Planning Commission. There are application fees for site plan review and the applications are available below.

Re-zoning Applications must be initiated by property owners or by the Planning Commission. Requests for re-zoning must be submitted 21 days prior to the regular meeting to insure compliance with notification requirements. There is a $500.00 filing fee and must be submitted with the application available below. Recent zoning amendments

City Zoning Map Sec 36-143

2017 City Zoning Map


Planning Commission Packet for this month: December 19, 2017

Planning Commission Minutes                                    

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

Joint Hillsdale Twp./City Meeting April 2017

May 2017

Joint Hillsdale Twp./City Meeting June 2016

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017 - No Meeting

October 10, 2017 Special Meeting

October 17, 2017

November 2017

December 2016

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Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals is a seven member board. They meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall as needed. Their duties include review of Zoning Administrator and Planning Commission decision appeals, non-conforming alterations, variance requests, temporary structure placement and requests for variance from the sign ordinance.

An application to the Zoning Board of Appeals is available below and must be accompanied with a filing fee of $300.00.

Zoning Compliance Permits
A zoning compliance permit from the City of Hillsdale may be required prior to the issuance of a building permit by the Hillsdale County Inspection Department.

Permits are also required in the City of Hillsdale for the placement of fencing (including replacement of existing fencing), and placing temporary signs or the placing/refacing of permanent signs. Zoning/Sign permit fees vary dependant upon project. The policy for temporary signs is available below. For related fees, see the City Fee Schedule.

The County Inspection Department is responsible for the administration of all construction, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and soil erosion permits. The County Inspection Department is located in the Courthouse Annex on the corner of McCollum and Broad Streets, 517-437-4130.

An application for a zoning or sign permit is available below.

Right of way permits may be required for any use or construction within or for access utilizing the right of way. To find out if this permit is required for your project, please call the Department of Public Services at 517-437-6490. The right-of-way permit is available below.

Permit Applications and Additional Information >>