Applications available in Cooper Township Office.

Commercial and Non-Residential Building Permits

Please contact the Township Office before you plan on obtaining a building permit. Your project may have to come before the planning commission for review and approval before permits can be issued through the Southwest Michigan Building Authority (SMBA).

Cooper Township has joined the newly formed SMBA which is an authority that is performing building permit services for Oshtemo and Cooper Townships. The website address is: Permits can be downloaded from this website. We can also provide permit applications and answer general questions at the Cooper Township Office. SMBA is located within the Oshtemo Township site at 7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009. The main office telephone number is (269) 585-4151.

You must obtain a permit prior to construction of any permanently placed building. Contact the Southwest Michigan Building Authority for building permit services.  Letter to Contractors.

Burn Permits

Burning Permits are required for any burning other than in a covered burning barrel. Burn permits are available during normal office hours Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm unless closed for a holiday.

A permit will be issued over the phone if you meet the requirements. If a complaint is received and you don’t have a permit number, the Fire Department will put the fire out immediately. In the case of more than one infraction, a fine will be imposed.


You must have at least 1-acre to burn and the requirements are as follows:

  • Have Water Available
  • Weather Permitting
  • 50′ or More From Any Structure
  • Fire Out Before Dark
  • No Burning By the Road
  • Dry Brush/Leaves Permitted

Employment Opportunities

  • FIREFIGHTER:  Cooper Charter Township is seeking applicants for the position of on call firefighter. Minimum requirements are: 18 years of age, must reside within 1 mile of the Township border, High School Diploma or G.E.D., valid Michigan Drivers License, no felony convictions, and must pass physical examination. Download an application or visit our office at 1590 West D Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Please include with your application a resume, cover letter, and list of certifications.
  • ELECTION INSPECTORS:  Cooper Charter Township is accepting applications for Election Inspectors. If you would like to assist with the election process you can download an application or contact the clerk’s office by calling 269-382-0223.

Mail your completed form to: Cooper Charter Township | 1590 West “D” Ave. | Kalamazoo, MI 49009-6321

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.