City of Wayland

Important Alert

Planning & Zoning

Building Application Information

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

Individual fees for 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 Application Information

All commercial projects require a 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.

All planning and zoning applications require a minimum fee of $300. The actual costs for review of site plans, including engineering, storm water 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:

Rezoning Request Timeline
Variance Request Timeline
Special Use Permit Timeline
Site Plan Review 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. A complete fee schedule can be found below. 


Do you need help with your site plan before you submit it for development? Contact Lori Castello at PCI at, 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

2021 Fee Schedule

All checks should be made out to “City of Wayland”; credit card payments may be subject to fees. 

Property taxes and utility bills can be payed in person by check or cash or online here

Dog licenses can be purchased through Allegan County here

General fees, fees for water and sewer hookups, and fees for parking fines can be paid in person at City Hall, either by check, cash, or credit card. 

Fees for Planning and Zoning, and all inspection fees should be paid to PCI Michigan when you turn in your application, although checks shall still be made to “City of Wayland”. At this time, they do not accept credit card payments.

View Entire Fee Schedule