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 –

Cooper Township Burning Permits are no longer required.  If you’re property is 1 acre or more, and there is no State Burn Ban in place, you may burn following these guidelines:

  • do not use any accelerates
  • attend fire at all times
  • do not burn during very dry or very windy times
  • have water nearby at all times
  • if there is a complaint from a neighbor, you will be required to put it out
  • do not burn in an area larger than 5ft x 10ft
  • only burn 50 ft or more from any structure
  • no burning by the road
  • fire must be out before dark

If your property is less than an 1 acre, you may only burn in a burning barrel.  If you neighbors complain, you must stop burning.


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.
  • GENERAL EMPLOYMENT:  application

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

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.