Cascade Expands Building Services to Plainfield and Vergennes Townships
The Cascade Township Building Inspections Department is welcoming exciting changes beginning this month.
The department is expanding its services to include building permits and inspections for all residential and commercial projects in Plainfield and Vergennes townships. The change went into effect in Vergennes on Dec. 1 and will go into effect in Plainfield on Jan. 1.
These expanded services are part of the Building Inspections Department’s longstanding partnerships with Plainfield and Vergennes townships. The department also provides services to Ada, Lowell and Grand Rapids townships as well as the City of East Grand Rapids. These mutually beneficial agreements enable us to operate more efficiently and at a lower cost to residents and businesses.
The expansion also continues the Township Board’s longstanding commitment to providing low-cost, high-quality building services without any general fund or tax dollars. We can serve residents more quickly and efficiently, offering shorter wait times for plan reviews, permits and inspections. Other benefits include:
- A full-time staff who is knowledgeable and helpful – and can provide next-day service
- Online permit requests
- Online and text message inspection requests
- Remote and video inspections
Also starting in January, building permit fees will increase slightly for the first time since 2009. The Township Board recently approved the fee changes following research of local building departments that showed we offer low-cost, high-service value to our residents and those in our partner communities. Even with the increase, the fees will still be well below average – 0.35% of project value compared to approximately 0.6% in other municipalities.
By supporting the permit fees changes, the Township Board has recognized the importance of building codes for public safety and demonstrated its commitment to providing quality services to all Cascade residents.
To schedule an inspection or to apply for a building permit, visit cascadetwp.com/services-departments/building-inspections
, call 616.949.3765 or visit us at Cascade Township Hall, 5920 Tahoe Drive SE.