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Guide to Development

Looking to develop in Wayland? This page is where you will find everything you need to know about the planning process to get your project up and running.

The City of Wayland contracts with Professional Code Inspections for all planning, zoning, and development needs. Information provided below has been provided by them, and any questions you may have should be directed to Zoning Administrator Lori Castello, lcastello@pcimi.com. All checks are to be written to “City of Wayland”, however they must be included with applications and mailed to PCI. Online payments are not accepted at this time.

PCI Michigan: Dorr Office
1575 142nd Ave.
Dorr, MI 49323
(616) 877-2000

Building Applications

If you are building, remodeling or adding onto a single or two family residential dwelling or accessory building, the following permits may be required dependent upon the scope of work you are performing.  

Building Permit Application

Building Permit Checklist

Electrical Application

Mechanical Application

Plumbing Application

Individual fees for these applications vary, dependent on the type of work being done. For all, the permit base fee is $40, with additional fees dependent on the type of work and inspections being done.

Planning and Zoning Applications:

All commercial projects require Site Plan Review. Some commercial and residential uses may require a Special Use Permit or a Variance.  In other cases, a use may not be permitted within its zoning district, requiring either a change of zoning district or an amendment to the text of the Zoning Ordinance.  A conversation regarding your proposed use and comparison to the existing ordinance is recommended between you and the Zoning Administrator. If necessary, you’ll be guided as to which form you’ll need and the corresponding process.

Application for Site Plan Review

Application for Special Use Permit

Application for Zoning Variance

Application for Re-Zoning

All planning and zoning applications require a minimum fee of $300. The actual costs for review of site plans, including engineering, stormwater management, planning, utility access, traffic issues, etc. shall be charged against the minimum fee. Any costs in excess of the minimum fee shall be billed to the applicant.

General information regarding development processes may be found below:

Site Plan Review Application Timeline

Special Use Permit Application Timeline

Zoning Variance Application Timeline

Re-Zoning Application Timeline

All planning and zoning applications must be turned in a minimum of 30 days before the next Planning Commission meeting, which takes place the second Tuesday of each month. Applications are first reviewed by the Joint Site Plan Review Team, comprised of various staff members from building, planning, zoning, public safety, public works, and administration, among others, to ensure completeness of submission and provide analysis summaries to the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission will perform final review at their available meeting, based on the information provided by the applicant and staff review comments. If a Public Hearing is required, that will also take place at the Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission will either make a determination or a recommendation to City Council for final decision dependent upon the application type and which body has final decision authority.

Once your plan has been approved by the appropriate body, PCI will guide you through the permitting process for your construction permits, which will allow you to begin development. Dependent on your work, you will need some or all of the following: a building permit, electrical permit, mechanical permit, or plumbing application.

For commercial buildings, a Plan Review Submittal Form will need to be submitted with your building permit. Plan Review fees vary and will be included in the cost of your building permit upon issuance.

Appropriate applications for Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing permits may be found above.

Other applications

Outside of the basic planning, zoning, and permitting process, PCI also handles a few other processes for the City. For the following three processes, payments will be written out to “PCI”.

Agricultural Zoning Compliance Form – This application would be used if you want to construct a building for 100% qualified agricultural use. A $35 fee is required.

Land Division Application – This would be used if you want to divide your property under the Land Division Act, and staff would ensure this is in compliance with the various laws. If property is platted, additional approval is required from City Council. A $75 fee is required.

Land Transfer Form – This would be used to transfer land from one parcel to another. A $75 is required.  If property is platted, additional approval is required from City Council. A $75 fee is required.

If you'd like a more detailed description of these processes, go to the Guide to Development below, or feel free to reach out to PCI to ask questions or schedule a conceptual review meeting. 

            Guide to Development


Do you need help with your site plan before you submit it for development? Contact Lori Castello at PCI at lcastello@pcimi.com, to schedule a conceptual review meeting, where inquiries such as the following will be discussed, or to ask specific questions about your project:

  • Requirements for Submittal to Planning Commission
  • Information that needs to be on the site plan, such as dimensions, setbacks, parking, landscaping, surfacing types, site design, etc.
  • Explanation of the site plan review process
  • Explanation of relevant zoning ordinances


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