Frequently
Asked Questions.

If I need help with starting a business or development project, who can I call?

For more information regarding a business or development project, you can contact:  

Jordan Twardy, CED Director  

248-546-2363  

jtwardy@ferndalemi.gov

What type of development does the city want?

The Master Plan consists of recommendations and action items organized around a series of key categories that comprise the major supporting elements of the city, with sustainability practices woven into each.  

For more information, please contact:  

Jordan Twardy, CED Director

248-546-2363

jtwardy@ferndalemi.gov

Are there any incentives or grants available to support my business or project?

Our goal is to help Ferndale businesses build, grow, and flourish, and that means making it easy for owners and entrepreneurs. From at-your-fingers access to permits and applications to our unique Mayor’s Business Council, we’ve got the information you need to help you succeed. Visit our Open For Business page for more information.  

For more information, please contact:  

Jordan Twardy, CED Director

248-546-2363

jtwardy@ferndalemi.gov

Is my project/plan allowed under zoning ordinance?

To navigate between codes, individual ordinances and documents (related documents such as minutes and agendas), visit our Ordinance Codes page.  

Our city also has an Interactive Zoning Map, where you can view different zoning ordinances across the city.  

For more information, please contact:  

Justin Lyons, Planning Manager

248-336-4370

jlyons@ferndalemi.gov

What is the planning approval process/timeline?

Visit the City of Ferndale’s permit guide.  

For more information, please contact:  

Justin Lyons, Planning Manager

248-336-4370  

jlyons@ferndalemi.gov

What is the current development activity happening in Ferndale?

While not every project you’ve heard about is happening all at once, the City wants to make sure you’re aware of what’s being discussed, what projects have been approved, and what projects are under construction. Use our interactive map to take a look at the various projects under consideration and under construction.

For more information, please contact:  

Justin Lyons, Planning Manager

248-336-4370

jlyons@ferndalemi.gov

How can I get involved with the community?

Visit our Community Resources page for information on community projects, community and partner organizations, and boards and commissions.  

For more information, please contact:  

Jordan Twardy, CED Director

248-546-2363

jtwardy@ferndalemi.gov

Can I rent a City park?

The City of Ferndale offers several unique indoor and outdoor spaces for parties, events, athletics, and more.

For more information, please contact:  

LaReina Wheeler, Parks & Recreation Director

248-544-6767 x 501

lwheeler@ferndalemi.gov

Do I need a permit?

If you are already familiar with the permit process and do not need additional assistance, you can find a list of permits here.

If you are new to the process of obtaining a permit, use our tool to help you through the process step-by-step.

For more information, please contact:  

Scott Worthington, Building Official:

248-336-4362

sworthington@ferndalemi.gov

How much are permit fees?

Our City Fee Schedule provides a breakdown of all city fees and associated prices.  

For more information, please contact:  

Kathy McClintic, Permit Technician

248-336-4117

kmcclintic@ferndalemi.gov

Do I need a permit for a fence or shed?

Yes.

A Fence Permit will be used to keep records of ownership of the fence and also let the owner/contractor know that the height and location is approved by the City Ordinance. Review the fence ordinance at this link.

To apply for a fence permit, please click here.  

A Zoning Compliance Permit is used for accessory structures (sheds less than 200 square feet) or similar items where a Building Permit is not required, but a review is necessary for City Ordinance compliance.

To apply for a shed permit, please click here.  

For more information, please contact:

Kathy McClintic, Permit Technician

248-336-4117

kmcclintic@ferndalemi.gov

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