Greenwood Township, St. Clair County, Michigan - FAQs - Resident
 

 

RESIDENT FAQs

Frequently asked questions by the residents of the township:

Do I need a well before I get a building permit?
I am not satisfied with the March Board of Review's decision.  What is my recourse?
I failed to pay my property taxes on time.  Where do I pay them?
I want to build on my property.  What do I need to do?
I want to do some open burning on my property.  Do I need a permit?
I want to protest my Assessed or Taxable value's  on my property taxes. How do I go about this?
I would like to rent the township hall. How do I go about this?
What are the requirements to split property?
What is a Homeowner's Principle Residence Affidavit?
What is a Property Transfer Affidavit?
Where can I purchase a plot map of Greenwood Township?

 

Do I need a well before I get a Building Permit?
A well must be installed and a well log submitted to the Zoning Administrator prior to the issuance of a residential home building permit. This is obtained through Environmental Health Division, St. Clair County Health Department, 3415 - 28th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060 (810) 987-5306.

 

I am not satisfied with the March Board of Review’s decision. What is my recourse?
If a property owner who has protested an assessment to the March Board of Review is not satisfied with the board’s decision, the property owner has the right to appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Michigan Tax Tribunal,   P.O.  Box 30232,  Lansing, MI 48909


I failed to pay my property taxes on time. Where do I pay them?
Late summer taxes may be paid at Greenwood Township. A one percent penalty is added each month through February. However, any taxes not paid at the end of the winter tax period, usually Feb. 28th, must be paid at the St. Clair County Treasurer’s office located at 200 Grand River Ave., Suite 101 in Port Huron. 
CSB Bank located in Yale will not accept any late tax payments.


I want to build on my property.What do I need to do?
Some land improvements and building construction can be done without a building permit, but all improvements, land and building, require a Zoning Compliance permit. Separate permits are required for each construction project. This includes but is not limited to: signs, fences, ponds and Agricultural Buildings. Demolition of any structure requires a review by the Zoning Administrator and may require a Demolition Permit. This information is given to the Township Assessor so the assessed value of the structure can be removed from the tax roll.
 


I want to do some open burning on my property. Do I need a permit?
Permits to burn are required under the State of Michigan Ordinance and must be renewed annually. You may call Station #1 at (810)-324-2305, Station #2 at (810) 387-9009 or the Greenwood Township Hall at (810)387-4044 to obtain a permit and to notify when you will be doing any burning. The Burning Ordinance #2003-03 will explain all requirements and restrictions. There is no charge for a Burning Permit.
 


I want to protest my Assessed or Taxable value's on my property taxes. How do I go about doing this?
A property owner may appear before the March Board of Review for one or more of the following reasons:

Taxes are too high; To claim a hardship; Tentative taxable value is too high; Valuations are correct, but are higher than other property in the area similar to the taxpayer’s property; The Assessor has the wrong classification on the property.
 


I would like to rent the Township Hall. How do I go about this?

Any Greenwood Township property owner may rent the Hall. A Hall Rental Agreement must be attained before renting the Hall. It costs $150.00 to rent which includes a $100.00 deposit and a $50.00 rental fee. After rental, the Hall is inspected for cleanliness and/or any damage. If everything is found to be in good condition then the $100.00 deposit is returned after approval of refund at the following Township’s Board monthly meeting which is the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  All Hall rentals are scheduled and handled by Joan or Doug Huston (810) 387-3481. The Office does not schedule any rentals.


What are the requirements to split property?
Property split requirements include, but are not limited to: 
 a.) Minimum of 5 acres, minimum size for 5 acres (330’ x 660’)
 b.) Minimum of 330’ frontage
 c.) Depth to width ratio shall not exceed 4:1 for any parcel 10 acres or less
 d.) Minimum of 25’ from any existing structure to a proposed property line
 
There is a $50.00 fee for the first split and $25.00 for any additional split. Proof of adequate easements for public utilities: Detroit Edison, Verizon Telephone, SEMCO Energy (if applicable) and St. Clair County Road Commission. Proof of ownership of proposed division/s and a survey of the proposed division/s are also required. Please refer to Land Split Requirements in the Resident - Forms section of this site.
 

 

What is a Homeowner's Principal Residence Affidavit?
New homeowners need to be aware that a Homeowner’s Principal Residence Affidavit must be filed with the Assessor if they intend to occupy their new home as their principal residence and want the exemption of 18 mills on their tax bills. You must own and occupy your home by May 1st in order to qualify for that year. You may print a Homeowner’s Principal Residence Form from the Residents: Form section of this site.
 

What is a Property Transfer Affidavit?
A Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed whenever a real estate or some types of personal property are transferred (even if you are not recording a deed). This form is required by the State of Michigan under Act 415, P.A. of 1994 and is to be filed by the buyer, grantee, or a transferee of any property. It must be filed with the Assessor within 45 days of the transfer or a penalty of $5.00/day (maximum $200) applies. This form is usually provided at your closing. You may print a PTA form by referring to the Resident: Forms section of this site.

 

Where can I purchase a Plot Map of Greenwood Township?
Plat maps may be obtained from the St. Clair County Conservation District Office located at the USDA Service Center, 2830 Wadhams Rd. in Kimball Township. Phone: (810) 984-3001. The cost is $27.00 which includes sales tax.

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