Forms and Ordinances
This page provides township residents and other applicants important information on regulated and permitted activities within Freedom Township. The information consists of various forms, ordinances and explanatory guides, organized with the objective of providing a “one-stop” location for persons interested in obtaining necessary forms and permits, as well as understanding the current requirements.
Part 2 - Regional Forms - forms, and explanatory information, regarding permitting handled by a regional authority. Currently, these regional authorities include the Western Washtenaw Construction Authority (WWCA, or “Building Authority”), and the Manchester Township Fire Department.
Part 3 - County Forms - forms, and explanatory information, regarding permitting handled by Washtenaw County. This generally involves direct links to the appropriate county web site.
Part 4 - Freedom Township Ordinances and Master Plan, and information on ordinance enforcement.
PART 1 - FREEDOM TOWNSHIP FORMS AND EXPLANATORY INFORMATION
Freedom Township provides local handling and permitting for several activities within the township.
Extraction Application and Permit (Ordinance 32.0)
Extraction Renewal Application and Permit (Ordinance 32.0)
Sign Permit Application (Ordinance 12.0)
Site Plan Application (Ordinance 5.0)
Zoning Amendment Application (Ordinance 15.0)
Zoning Board of Appeals Application (Ordinance 14.0)
It is important to review and understand the Notice to Petitioners and Applicants (click here - pdf document) when completing and submitting the Application.
Please note also the Application Supplemental Statement (click here - pdf document), which will be required when applying for a land split.
It is also important to review and understand the Freedom Township Fee Schedule, effective January 12, 2010 (click here- pdf document).
Please submit 10 copies of the Application and all supporting documents to the Township Clerk, along with the appropriate fee. To be included on the agenda for the Planning Commission, you must submit a complete application and fee into the Clerk 10 business days prior to the Planning Commission meetings. Any incomplete applications will be tabled until a complete application is submitted 10 business days prior to the PLanning Commission meetings. They meet every first Tuesday of the month. It is highly recommended that the applicant attend the meeting, in case there are specific questions that need to be answered regarding your situation. The Township Clerk is:
If you are appealing to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), the Chair of the ZBA will contact you regarding the hearing date.
Tax Deferment Application (click here - pdf document)
This form may be used to request deferment of taxes under particular circumstances. Submit this form to the Township Treasurer. Multi-part original paper copies of this application may be obtained from the Treasurer.
The Township Treasurer is:
Prior to applying for a building permit from the Western Washtenaw Construction Authority, Freedom Township applicants are required to obtain a zoning compliance certificate from Freedom Township. Zoning compliance review and approval is provided by Jim Coval, Zoning Administrator for Freedom Township. Contact Jim at 734-216-7041, email@example.com, or at 8971 W. Textile Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
The Zoning Compliance Application must be completed to obtain a certificate. Click here for the application. For guidance on completing and submitting this form, click here. You should complete the application, make three copies, and provide the original and three copies to Jim Coval along with a $ 75.00 check made payable to the Township of Freedom.
Addresses within Freedom Township are assigned by the Zoning Administrator, Jim Coval, at 734-216-7041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Zoning Compliance Application referenced in the above heading is also used to obtain an address. Click here for the application. Click here for guidance on requesting an address assignment.
Western Washtenaw Construction Authority
The Western Washtenaw Construction Authority (WWCA), often referred to as the “Building Authority”, is a regional body including Freedom, Bridgewater and Manchester Townships, and the Village of Manchester. The WWCA acts as the permitting and enforcing agency for building activities and soil erosion/sedimentation control for these governments.
Building and SESC Permits/Inspections
Building permits for Freedom Township are issued by the Western Washtenaw Construction Authority, 912 City Road, P. O. Box 556, Manchester, Michigan 48158 (located in the lower level of the Manchester Village offices). Contact Dale Behnke at the WWCA (734-428-7001) for guidelines, applications and permit inspections. The fax number is 734-428-1849. Office hours for the WWCA are 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They are closed Tuesday and Thursday. Dale Behnke is generally in the office from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM, and then leaves for appointments.
Responsibility for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) permits has recently been transferred to the WWCA. Contact Dale Behnke for details on permit applications and inspections.
Burn permits are required for burning brush or other combustibles outside a burn barrel. Burn permits are obtained by calling the Manchester Township Fire Department (734-428-9439). Permits are issued verbally and a log is maintained. It is likely that you will get a recording when calling for a burn permit - leave your information on the recorder.
Failure to obtain a burn permit, and a subsequent call-out of the fire department, may subject the party to standard emergency fire call-out charges.
When a driveway must be constructed onto a county road in Freedom Township, a driveway permit is required from the Washtenaw County Road Commission, 555 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. Permit information and downloadable forms pertaining to the Washtenaw County Road Commission, in particular for driveways, may be obtained by clicking here. You can contact the WCRC at 734-761-1500.
Well and Septic Permits
Permits for domestic wells and septic systems in Freedom Township are issued by the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Department, 705 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. Contact them at 734-222-3800. Permit information and downloadable forms pertaining to the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Department, in particular for domestic well and septic systems, may be obtained by clicking here.
Washtenaw County has now implemented eConnect, an on-line method to check the status of a well or septic permit in Freedom Township during its processing. Click here to be connected to this resource.
Property Assessing and Equalization
Property assessing and equalization activities in Freedom Township are administered by Washtenaw County’s Equalization Department. This link will take you to their home page, where parcel lookup and other features are available. They may also be reached at 734-222-6523 (contact person: Matthew Heering email@example.com).
The following documents establish general requirements and long-range planning within the township.
Enforcement of Freedom Township general ordinances is provided by Alvin Ernst. Please direct questions or concerns to Alvin at 734-662-8085 or 9440 Spies Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Freedom Township Master Plan
The updated Freedom Township Master Plan was adopted December 8, 2015. The Plan seeks to plan for and regulate growth within the township, to achieve various goals and provide for the well-being of all township residents and enterprises. A paper copy may be purchased from the Township Clerk.
To download and view the Master Plan, click here.
Freedom Township Zoning Ordinance
The current Freedom Township Zoning Ordinance was adopted January 14, 2014, effective February 1, 2014. The Zoning Ordinance defines zoning districts, appropriate structures and activities therein, and various policies and procedures to ensure coherent and appropriate planning for the township’s daily life and future. A paper copy of the Zoning Ordinance may be purchased from the Township Clerk.
To download and view the Zoning Ordinance, click here.
Cover Page and Table of Contents
The Freedom Township Zoning Map is also available by clicking here.
Freedom Township General Ordinances
Freedom Township has enacted several general ordinances over the years to regulate various activities within the township. Paper copies of current ordinances may be purchased from the Township Clerk.
To download and view the General Ordinances, click here.
on Nov. 22, 2017 5:05 pm