Village Manager AND
Zoning Administrator

This page serves as a clearing house for everything you will need to know to smoothly navigate the planning and zoning review process. For full details, we encourage you to download Cass City’s Guide to Development.

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Meet Early Apply Once

Prior to submitting a Zoning Permit Application, Zoning Board of Appeals Application, or any other permit, prospective applicants are encouraged to meet with the Zoning Administrator for a conceptual review of the project. These meetings are free of charge and provide an opportunity for an informal consultant of the project with Village staff to identify any barriers and opportunities prior to applicants investing substantial time and resources into a formal site plan draft and review. To schedule a conceptual review meeting, please contact the Zoning Administrator at the Village, Debbie Powell.

Many documents (listed below) support the RRC Certification

To help prepare for this meeting please download the given checklist; it will be used at the meeting. Check List

Zoning & Fees

Zoning Ordinance

Cass City is a zoned community. This means that all development must confirm with applicable regulations. Zoning is based on the community’s Master plan to help ensure consistent and orderly development. Cass City’s zoning ordinance was fully updated in 2021.



As set by Village council, Cass City charges fees for various zoning and development services including permits and reviews. Payments for Village Development Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card. For further information regarding payments look below in the drop downs.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Village of Cass City staff by calling 989-872-2911 or email the Village Manager, Debbie Powell.

Forms, Building Inspections & Permits

Ready to apply? All zoning and development review forms can be found below.

All building reviews and permits are handled by the Tuscola County Building Department, which contracts with a third party to deliver those services. A project must have been issued a Cass City Zoning Permit before beginning the building review process.


PHONE: (989)262-4546

Community Development Services

Development Opportunities

Development Opportunities

Cass City understands that some projects may benefit the community and address master plan goals but not be finacially feasible without additional investment. To address those cases, the Village has adopted a formal economic development incentives policy which includes fee waivers and commercial/industrial abatements. For the full policy (including an application) see below. Cass City also works closely with the Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Economic Development Corportation. Projects may be eligible for incentives through these entities as well. Cass City officials can help connect applicants with the right point of contact at these organizations.

Available Options


Cass City maintains numerous plans to guide future growth while maintaining the things our residents and stakeholders love about the Village.

Planning Commission Members:

Members Meet: 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Board Term: 3 years

Members Names

Joe Leeson*

Gary Barnes

Colleen Langenburg

Heather Severance

Erik Tamlyn

Barbara Kirn

Eric Oslund

Dallas Rabideau

Robert Piaskowski

Chairperson*- Elected by the board for a one-year term. A nine-member board, includes one village council member from a board liaison (has voting rights).



This Code which constitutes a codification of the general and permanent ordinances of the Village of Cass City, Michigan.

Zoning Administrator
Zoning Administrator
Debbie Powell


The Village of Cass City is conveniently Located on M-81,
in the center of Michigan's Thumb, which is just four miles West of M53. 

6506 Main Street, Cass City, MI 48726

Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm
Lobby Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm
Closed Daily From 12:00-1:00pm 

Phone: 989-872-2911