Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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I want to build an out building on my property.  What is the maximum square footage I can have?  How far from the property lines does it have to be?
Properties zoned RR, Rural Residential  are not subject to a maximum square footage or maximum number of out buildings.   Properties in other zoning districts are subject to a maximum of 576 square feet if the parcel is under 30,000 square feet.  For parcels over 30,000 in other districts, the maximum is 1200 square feet.  The set backs can be found in the district regulations chart.  More  detailed regulations pertaining to out buildings (also known as accessory structures), can be found here.
What are a dog owners responsibilites related to barking?
A dog owner is required to insure that their dog does not bark excessively to the point it annoys neighbors or passing pedestrians.
What are the Cannon Township dog leash requirements?
When your dog leaves your property it must be restrained by a chain or leash no longer than 6 feet in length, and under control of a person with the ability to restrain it.
How do I report a Township Ordinance violation?
You can submit a complaint online by clicking here, or you can download the complaint form and mail/drop off or email it to the Zoning Administrator at:
6878 Belding Road NE
Rockford, MI 49341
How do I find out the Zoning District for my property?
Find your property using the zoning map.  The legend shows the zoning district that corresponds to the color your parcel is shown as.  You can then find any district standards by going to the zoning ordinance and finding that district chapter.
Where do I find the setback requirements for a zoning district?
A table of set back requirements can be found here.   You will need to know your zoning district.  If you're unsure, you can check the zoning map, or contact the Planning & Zoning department at 616-874-6966 or email avansetters@cannontwp.org

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How is property assessed?
Real property assessments are based on market values and are assessed yearly by the assessor's department. For more information on Property Assessments, please contact the Township Assessor's Office at (616) 874-6966.
What is the difference between assessed value and taxable value?
Taxable value (TV) is the value used to compute your tax bill and applies to real property only. "TV" is determined yearly as the LESSER of assessed value (market based as determined by assessor) and capped value. Capped value is the prior year's taxable value, less taxable value of losses, "capped" by an increase of the lesser of 5% or the rate of inflation, plus assessed value of additions. Taxable value becomes uncapped when property is sold or transferred.
How do I divide my property?
The number of land divisions is determined by the State of Michigan Land Act and by the current zoning of the property in Cannon Township. The RR - Rural Residential District requires a minimum lot size of two acres with 175 feet of road frontage. The length of the parcel cannot be longer than four times its width (example: 4 x 175 = 700). Another restriction is the date of the last land division.
What is a principal residence exemption and how do I know if I have one?
A homestead exemption entitles the owner of real property an exemption from the 18* mills of school operating tax for the percentage of taxable value used as a primary residence.

* or less subject to Headlee Amendment roll back
What is the difference between real and personal property taxes?
Real property is property which is attached such as land and buildings. Real property taxes are assessed on either commercial/industrial or residential property. Personal property is any property that isn't real property (examples would be desks, computers, machinery, etc.). Personal property taxes are assessed only on property that is used in a business.
Can I have horses on my property, and if so, how many?
On parcels of ten (10) acres or less in the RR Rural Residential District, and with a minimum of two acres, you may have one horse per acre up to 10 horses. Over ten acre properties have no limit on the number of horses. On parcels in the R-1 Low Density Single Family Dwelling District, the minimum parcel size is two and one half acres (2-1/2) for the keeping of a horse.