This document is intended to serve as a guide to development for Village residents, business owners and other decision makers. Although this document provides information on the procedural process for development permits and appeals, it is strongly recommended that interested persons contact the Village Staff at, 989-275- 5743, before filing application or a petition.

The Village of Roscommon is interested in supporting and assisting individuals and investors interested in development and redevelopment projects in the Village.  The Village offers incentives to assist with the development or redevelopment of projects.  For example:

Reduced Land Acquisition Cost - The Village can negotiate the price of village property and sell or transfer ownership at a favorable rate.  Reduced cost will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Façade Grants - Matching funds are available for façade improvements for commercial properties in the Roscommon DDA district.
Other incentives may be possible. Contact the Village Manager for further information.

The GIS is a useful informational tool about plots, boundaries, ownerships and much more.

The purpose of the Pre-Conceptual Review Meeting is to allow the Village of Roscommon the opportunity to informally review a development proposal prior to the substantial commitment of time and expense on the part of the applicant in preparing a site plan. To set up a conceptual meeting, please contact the Village Manager at 989-275-5743 extension 13. 

The “By-right” procedure is a streamlined process for issuing permits.  Applicants are directed through an informal concept review and approval process.  Applicants with conceptually viable projects are asked to submit a completed application package, along with supporting documentation, as required.  Upon completion of the application package, the applicant schedules a meeting with the Zoning and Building Official (ZBO).  If the project complies with current building code and the zoning ordinance, a permit is issued.  The following are the by-right procedural steps:

  1. The first point of contact is Village Manager’s Office (VMO)
Ron Alden, Manager
Village of Roscommon
702 Lake Street
Roscommon, MI  48653
(989) 275-5743


  1. Complete a Pre-Conceptual Meeting Request and submit to the Manager.
  2. The Village Manger (VM) explores the project concept with the applicant:
    • If the concept has merit, the VM advises applicant to submit a completed PERMIT APPLICATION to the Zoning and Building Official (ZBO).
    • The VAA reviews the application for completeness and forwards to the ZBO for review.
  1. The ZBO conducts a zoning and building code-compliance review. Upon completion of the review, the ZBO schedules a meeting with the applicant.
  2. If application conforms to current building codes and the zoning ordinance, a permit is issued.
  3. Payment for permit (if any) will be received by VAA.  HOW TO PAY
  4. Progress and final inspections will be scheduled with the ZBO as appropriate.

The formal-review procedure is for projects that are more complex than the by-right approval and require Planning Commission (PC) review.  The following are the formal review procedural steps:

  1. Hold a pre-application concept meeting with the VM and the ZBO.
  2. Submit a land-use permit application and five (5) site-plan copies to the VAA. (Application is available online.  Permit processing takes approximately 3 to 6 weeks.)
  3. The VM and ZBO check the site plan for accuracy and refers application to Village departments for review, as applicable.
  4. The ZBO conducts a zoning and building code-compliance review. If the application is accepted as conforming, the ZBO forwards acknowledgement to the PC and VM for review.  The VM solicits comments from affected Village departments and others, as appropriate (typically, 1-2 weeks).
  5. After the VM receives Village departmental comments, he directs the VAA to post notice of a PC public hearing.
  6. At the hearing the PC approves or denies the application.
    • If the PC approves the application, the PC forwards it recommendation to the Council for final approval.
    • If the PC denies the application, the applicant can appeal to Council, or go to 7. below.
    • Upon Council approval, the applicant issued a permit. (The applicant is notified by letter and, if requested, by telephone and/or email.)
  7. If a site-plan revision is required, the applicant may withdraw or submit a revised plan to the ZBO and the PC (repeat steps 2 and 3).
Ron Alden, Manager