Land Use & Planning

11/14/2022 Abandoned Property Hearing

Abandoned Property Hearing Presentation .PDF


The Land Use office is responsible for regulating and enforcing Howell Township’s Land Use Ordinance which has been established to ensure the proper use of land and to protect the integrity of the master plan. The land use ordinance establishes specific requirements for a given land area within the municipality. It regulates not only the uses in the area, but the size of the parcels, required setbacks, parking, signage, conditional uses, and numerous other standards. “The Howell Township Code Book/Ordinance can be found at Ecode360 .  The Land Use Section can be found under Chapter 188.

“Other important ordinance sections include:  
Chapter 104 - Commercial and Industrial Maintenance Code
Chapter 178 – Housing Code; Rental Property
Chapter 232 - Property Maintenance
Chapter 256 – Signs
Chapter 307 Trailers and Portable Storage Containers”

* Zoning Map (Link)
* Master Plan (Link)


Permits which require land use approval are submitted directly to the Land Use office for approval. The proposed construction is checked for use and area, yard and building requirements by the land use officer. Approved applications can then be forwarded to the Construction Department. Applications / permits issued by the Land Use office:
  • Barns
  • Decks
  • Detached garages
  • Fences
  • Outdoor display permits
  • Paver / concrete patios
  • Pools
  • Residential and commercial alterations / additions
  • Residential and commercial new construction
  • Sheds
  • Storage / office trailers
  • Tree removal permits

Online Permits

All land use/zoning applications that do not require other approvals (building department, engineering, etc.) may be submitted online. To submit a Land Use application online please follow click here.