Building Department
224 W. Buffalo St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM ET
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET
Tuesday and Thursday
Except inspections; call first.

Office:  269-469-7144
Pager:  269-542-0141
Facsimile:  269-469-7917





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Building Department, Code Enforcement, and Zoning Administration


Building Department
The Building Department includes City Building Inspector Ed Carpenter, City Electrical Inspector Charlie Basinger, and City Plumbing Inspector John Dobberteen.  Rich Shoemaker of the Galien River Sanitary District (GRSD) Sewer Authority is the Sanitary Sewer Inspector.
The inspectors in this department are responsible for processing all permits and performing all inspections for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and signage activities within the City.
Permits must be obtained before beginning any construction, remodeling, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, or signage work.  Purely cosmetic (non-structural) changes, such as painting, are exempt.
If you have any questions regarding these topics please contact City Building Inspector Ed Carpenter.
Code Books may be purchased directly from the State of Michigan:
Michigan Dept. of Consumer & Industry Services
Bureau of Construction Codes
P.O. Box 30255, Lansing, MI 48909


Code Enforcement
Police Patrolman Michael Cluster is the City's Code Enforcement Officer, and City Building Inspector Ed Carpenter is the City's Code Enforcement Official.
The City Building Inspector and Police Department work together to provide proactive code enforcement in addition to responding to concerns from residents and visitors.
Residents and visitors with questions or concerns regarding the City's General Ordinances or Zoning Ordinance are encouraged to contact Ed Carpenter or Mike Cluster.
To help them more effectively respond to your question or concern please provide the following:
1. The nature of your question or concern.
2. The property address and location - if applicable.
3. Your name and contact information if you wish to be contacted - optional and confidential.
Thank you for your interest in keeping the City a wonderful place to live and visit!


Zoning Administration
The Office of Zoning Administrator consists of:

  • Zoning Administrator Rusty Geisler
  • Assistant Zoning Administrator Jae Guetschow
  • Code Enforcement Official Ed Carpenter
  • Code Enforcement Officer Michael Cluster
  • PC-ZBA Recording Secretary Christin Rice

Anyone who would like to request site plan approval, special use approval, subdivision approval, rezoning a property, zoning ordinance amendment, a variance, a zoning ordinance interpretation, a temporary use permit, hearing an appeal, etc. – as specified in the City's General Ordinances and Zoning Ordinance – should fill out a Planning Commission/ ZBA Application and submit it to the Office of the Zoning Administrator via City Building Inspector Ed Carpenter.  Please direct all questions and concerns regarding zoning to Mr. Carpenter.


This page last updated on 4/17/2014.

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