Applications available in Cooper Township Office.

Please contact the Township Office before you plan on obtaining a Commercial or Non-Residential building permit. Your project may have to come before the planning commission for review and approval before permits can be issued.

Cooper Township will now be contracting with independent inspectors for all building inspection services.  Please feel free to print applications and order inspections from the links below.  Applications can then be completed and brought to the Cooper Township Office, mailed to 1590 West D Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49009 Attention Building Department, or emailed to or  Permit applications can also be picked up at the Cooper Township Office.   For any questions or concerns, please call the Building Official Garrett Reitenour at (269) 382-0223 extension 263.

You MUST obtain a permit prior to construction of any permanently placed building.

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.