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Bath Township Zoning Map

Bath Township Zoning Permit

View Bath Township’s Zoning Ordinance

Bath Township Master Plan


Land use planning plays a vital role in Bath Township, as it serves as the basis for implementing policies and regulations in order to guide and control development. The Planning Department’s responsibilities include developing and implementing the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to apply public policy to future land use and enforce development standards.

The Planning Department then provides recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Trustees to help carry out strategic land use and planning decisions in the Township. The Department also oversees processing applications for site plans and provides guidance to residents and developers.

The Comprehensive Development Plan lays out long-range land use policies that aid in guiding and controlling development in the Township. The Zoning Ordinance is intrinsically linked to the Comprehensive Plan as it contains regulations to enforce the goals, policies and objectives of the plan. The Township is split into seven zoning districts: Public Lands or Open Space, Development, High Density Residential, High Density Development, Low Density Residential, Medium Density Residential and Rural. Within each of these zoning districts are regulations for appropriate uses, size of the land and structures, setbacks, buffers, etc.

Zoning (Land Use) Permits cost $50.00 and are required for:

  • Accessory Building: A building or structure customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal structure and located on the same lot as the principal building. This includes sheds.
  • Building: Any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls, for the shelter, support, enclosure of persons, animals or property.
  • Driveway: Vehicle access to a lot from a street which shall be located at least five feet from an adjacent lot line.
  • Fence (permanent): A barrier of wood, metal, stone, brick and/or vegetation or any manufactured materials erected for permanent enclosure of yard areas.
  • Screen: A structure providing enclosure, such as a fence, and a visual barrier between the area enclosed and the adjacent property A screen may also be non-structured, consisting of shrubs or other growing materials.
  • Structure: Anything constructed or erected which requires permanent location on the ground or attachment to something having such location on the ground including, but not limited to, all building and free-standing signs and not including sidewalks, drives, patios, and utility poles.

Bath Charter Township has five separate zoning districts:

  • Rural
  • Developmental
  • High Density
  • Medium Density
  • Low Density

Bath Township Zoning Map

The Planner will review the plot plan that was submitted with the building permit application. The zoning will either be approved or denied based on the Bath Charter Township Zoning Ordinance requirements for the zoning district where the property is located.

The Planner may only approve the zoning according to the provisions of the Bath Charter Township Zoning Ordinance. If the project’s zoning cannot be approved by the Planner, an application may be made to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals is a five member board that has the power to grant variances or interpretations to the Bath Charter Township Zoning Ordinance.

An application must be filled out and submitted to the Planner.

Zoning Board of Appeals Application


Zoning Board of Appeal Fees:

  • $100 00 residential
  • $250.00 multiple family residential and signs
  • $300.00 office, commercial, industrial and ordinance intrepretation

ZBA meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

An application, site plan and fee must be turned in 25 days before the meeting.

The State requires notification of the meeting to be published in a newspaper and letters mailed 15 days before the meeting to adjacent property owners within 300 feet of the appeal address.

A reminder letter will be sent to the applicant as well.

“The applicant or the applicant’s representative must be present at the meeting to present their appeal before the ZBA board. If the applicant or representative is not present the appeal will be tabled to the next meeting Decisions will be made at the meeting.”

The minutes of the meeting will be available approximately five days after the meeting. The applicant may request a copy of the minutes by calling the Planning & Zoning Department.

2020-2025 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)

The Planning Commission is launching the annual update of the Township’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). As always, the first step in the process is the call for projects.

The approach to this process is to solicit proposals through an open call for projects. It is the expectation that the proposals received will identify long-range investment priorities throughout the six-year planning period. When submitting CIP proposals, the Planning Commission recommends identifying these investments as early as practical in order to distribute the anticipated financial commitment over the six-year outlook of the CIP. The Planning Commission requests that each Capital Project request to be referenced in one of Bath Township’s formally-adopted plans and priority may be given to requests that come from adopted plans.

For organizations and individuals not affiliated with Bath Township seeking to submit a project for CIP consideration, a proposal should be submitted through an appropriate Township entity to be considered for inclusion in their planning documents. All projects submitted in this manner will be held to the same expectations for project completeness.

Finally, the Planning Commission has modified its CIP schedule to provide additional time to review projects. If you want to discuss your project with Staff, appointments may be made throughout the submission window, which will open on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and end on Monday, April 20, 2020. To schedule an appointment to discuss project proposals with the Planning Department, please contact Karen Hildebrant by email at or by phone at (517) 641-6728.

Below there are additional materials to assist in assembling an application for the 2020-2025 Capital Improvements Plan.


2020 Capital Improvement Plan Timeline, Definition, and Criteria

Capital Project Application

2019-2024 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)

2019 – 2024 Capital Improvement Plan

Capital Improvements Planning

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act stipulates that Planning Commissions in Townships which operate public water or sewer systems “shall annually prepare a capital improvements program of public structures and improvements” which support the adopted Comprehensive Development Plan.

A capital improvements plan is a budgeting tool for planning a community’s capital expenditures. This tool is intended to coordinate community planning efforts, financial capacity, and physical development. The plan is composed of two parts, a capital budget and a capital program. The capital budget is the upcoming year’s spending for capital projects. The capital improvements program is a plan for capital expenditures that extends five years beyond the capital budget.

Capital improvement projects are currently defined as permanent, physical or system improvements that cost at least $20,000, or significant equipment purchases in excess of $20,000 and add value to the township. Examples of capital improvement projects are parks, government facilities, roads, and sewers.

Non-Motorized Plan 2017

Non-Motorized Plan 2017

Approved by the Board of Trustees April 16, 2018

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the Township Board approved ordinances that opted into the medical marihuana facilities. Medical marihuana growing facilities are now allowed in the Development zoning district as a special land use. Medical marihuana processing and safety compliance facilities are allowed as special land uses in the Development and High Density Development zoning districts.

Medical marihuana facilities are not allowed within 1,000 feet of schools, licensed daycares, or Webster Road.

Also, please note: The Township has NOT opted into provisioning centers or transportation facilities and has opted OUT of all recreational marihuana establishments.


An Ordinance to amend the Bath Charter Township Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to provide for the zoning regulation of Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities and Primary Caregiver Operations; and  designate such Facilities and Operations as special uses; in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare of the residents and visitors to Bath Township.


An Ordinance to implement the provisions of the Michigan Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, Public Act 281 of 2016, which authorizes the licensing and regulation of Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities and affords the Township the option whether or not to allow Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities; to regulate Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities by requiring a Permit and compliance with requirements as provided in this Ordinance, in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare of the residents and visitors to the Township.

Planning & Zoning

Bert Gale, Building Official & Zoning Administrator

Nick Tafelsky, Planner

Bath Charter Township
14480 Webster Road
P.O. Box 247
Bath, Michigan 48808

Direct Line: (517) 641-5166

Phone: (517) 641-6728

Fax: (517) 641-4170