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Community Development

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An Eye on the Future: Revamped city department streamlines development process (Novi Today Magazine article)


45175 Ten Mile Road
Department Phone: 248-347-0415
Fax: 248-735-5600
Charles Boulard
Charles Boulard
Community Development Director
248-347-0415
Larry Butler
Larry Butler
Deputy Community Development Director
248-347-0417

The Community Development Department has the primary responsibility for administering the laws, regulations and requirements that pertain to the physical development of the Novi Community.

Novi’s Community Development Director is Charles Boulard.  Novi's Deputy Community Development Director is Larry Butler.

The Planning, Building and Code Compliance Divisions work in partnership to bring streamlined and accurate information and development review procedures to Novi community members, businesses, and prospective developers.  Specific tasks include administering planning and building permit procedures, providing public information, performing building and code enforcement inspections, maintaining complete public records on planning and building projects and issuing necessary permits, certificates, approvals and enforcement citations.

The Planning Division is responsible for both current and long range administration of State, regional and local land use laws such as zoning, the Master Plan for Land Use, the environmental regulations and the subdivision regulations. You can reach the Planning Division at 248-347-0475.

The Building Division conducts the administrative and regulatory responsibilities of the Uniform Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Housing Codes, as well as the National Electrical Code.  Other federal and state requirements include the mandated handicapped access and energy conservation statutes. You can reach the Building Division at 248-347-0415.

The Building Division also provides building permit review and inspection services for the City of South Lyon under a shared services agreement.  All applications, transactions, and scheduling is handled through the South Lyon offices.

The Code Compliance Division enforces compliance with all local ordinances to ensure health, safety and welfare. You can reach the Code Enforcement Division at 248-735-5678.

The Planning, Building and Code Compliance Divisions are all located on the first floor of the Civic Center. 

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