Mount Clemens - Services - CommunityDevelopment

Community Development


The Community Development Department strives to broaden the City's position as a thriving commercial center of Macomb County, while working closely with our neighborhoods to enhance the vitality and livability of the community for all Mount Clemens residents.

Whether you plan to build your corporate headquarters here or renovate your home, our staff will walk you through the City's permitting processes step by step.  It is our goal to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic red tape and help you meet your construction deadlines.  That's the Mount Clemens Promise!

As the proud home of the McLaren Macomb HospitalAnton Art Center,, SVS Vision, Bath City Bistro, Oakland University – Anton/Frankel Center, and many other corporations and local businesses; our staff has experience assisting projects of all sizes and complexity.  Our team works hard every day with a sharp focus on the needs of those who contact us seeking assistance.

The Department consists of an experienced team of professionals representing four integrated specialties: Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Building and Rental Housing Inspection, and Code Enforcement.   

The Department is responsible for the following:

  • Review, permitting and inspection of all construction in the City, including the inspection and issuance of residential and commercial Certificates of Occupancy.

  • Enforcement of the International Property Maintenance Code and Ordinances for the City.  Should you have a question or comment regarding the blight or property maintenance ordinances or if you would like to make us aware of a problem or concern in your neighborhood, you can email us at

  • Administering the City’s allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars through the Macomb Urban County program.

  • Assisting the development and improvement of the business and industrial districts in the City, including business attraction, business retention and local and State incentive programs.  

  • Administering the City’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance. All rental properties within the City are inspected under the International Property Maintenance Code.

  • Providing information and staff support on matters coming before the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority and Historic District Commission.  For more information on these boards/committees, please click here.

  • Administering the Vacant/Abandoned Residential Property Registration program. All homes that are vacant more than 30 days may be required to register their property with the City. Please click on the links to the right for the Ordinance and related forms.

New Residents and Businesses - We Want to Help!

As a new resident or business, we want you to be aware of the many services available in the Community Development Department and elsewhere at City Hall and throughout the community.  If you should decide to remodel, add onto your house or business, your contractor is required to get the necessary permits to do the work.  In order to obtain a permit, a contractor must be licensed by the State of Michigan.

Once the permits are issued, the City’s staff of trained and experienced inspectors will start the process of assisting you.  Through their various inspections, the City will verify that work is being done according to current building codes and accepted standards of good workmanship.  This is a distinct advantage to you, the homeowner, because you will be assured of receiving quality work and a safe final product.


Vacant Property Registration - New Certificate of Occupancy

The City of Mount Clemens has enacted a Vacant Residential Structures Ordinance. All homes that are vacant more than 30 days are required to register their property with the City of Mount Clemens. Please click on the links below for a copy of the Ordinance and the related forms.

Abandoned/ Vacant Residential Structure Ordinance

Affidavit of Compliance Responsibility

Certificate of Occupancy - Residential and Commercial

Vacant of Abandoned Property Registration Form  -  Return with payment of $170 ($50 registration, $120 annual monitoring fee) to:

City of Mount Clemens
Community Development Department
One Crocker Boulevard
Mount Clemens, MI  48043


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