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County Building

Ogemaw County Building & Zoning

806 W Houghton Avenue

Room 107

West Branch, Michigan  48661



989-345-5919 Fax

Office Hours:

Monday Friday

8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.


The Building & Zoning Department issues all construction related permits, for all of Ogemaw County, including:
and performs all inspections. In addition to construction permits, this department enforces the Zoning Ordinance throughout the county, except within the borders of: the city of West Branch, West Branch Township, and Edwards Township. For more information on Zoning and Zoning Ordinance Enforcement, simply look to our Zoning/Planning Department page.


Please call to obtain the proper fee for your project and more details on the new requirements.

     In addition to an application for a building permit, you will be required to supply this department with additional information, specific to your project. This information may include:

  • A septic tank permit if you are adding bedrooms, or building the first building on a parcel of land. 

  • A driveway permit, or approval of your existing driveway if your property borders a county road.

  • A floor plan, and a cross section of the structure is required for nearly all permits.

  • A site plan, showing the new construction, and dimensions to all lot lines.

    There may be other requirements as well.

Please contact the office for more information on requirements.

Debit/Credit Cards
The Ogemaw County Building and Zoning Office now accepts credit card payments for permits through a service provided by GovPayNet.


To pay by debit/credit card, you must call 888-604-7888 or log onto  (This will direct you to the GovPayNet website).

The following information is needed when making a payment:

  1. Amount for permit.

  2. Pay Location Code: 5958

  3. Property Identification, i.e. property address, property owner. Tax ID number preferred.

  4. A valid MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover

    Please note: When charging your credit card, GovPayNet will add a service fee to the payment amount due. If you have any questions please call 1-888-604-7888. (Live operators are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to help you!)


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