History

 

The loggers first settled in Roscommon County in the mid-nineteenth century.  The residents met at the Gerrish Logging Camp in April, 1890, to elect officers for their newly organized Township.  James Watson was chosen as the first supervisor.  Originally the Township embraced present-day Gerrish, Lyon and Markey Townships.  In 1920, the present boundaries were established.  It was named after Sylvester Higgins, Michigan's first chief of the topographical department of the Michigan Geological Survey.

About Gerrish Township

On April 5, 1880, area residents met at the Gerrish logging camp to elect officers for their newly organized Township.  Originally, the Township embraced present-day Gerrish, Lyon and Markey Townships.  In 1920, the present boundary line was established.  The Township borders on one-half of the shoreline of Michigan’s sixth largest inland lake, Higgins Lake.  The area is primarily a resort community.

Ordinance Information

ORDINANCE INFORMATION
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Zoning Department

The Zoning Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Township Zoning Ordinance.  This includes review of all permit applications including buildings, sheds, decks, fences, signs or any other land uses regulated by Township zoning.  This office also administrates the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Township Planning Commission.

 

If you have questions regarding zoning, contact:

989-821-9313

 

Electrical Inspector

 

Electrical Inspector

Electrical inspector, Denny Kiroff, is in the office on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.  Inspections are done immediately following.

Call the Township Hall, (989) 821-9313, during regular office hours to schedule an inspection.

Mechanical/Plumbing Inspector

 

Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector, Mark Vick, does inspections on Tuesday and Friday in the afternoon.  You may call the Township Hall, (989) 821-9313, during regular office hours to schedule an inspection. 

To avoid extra fees and/or fines, check before installing a new woodstove, hot water heater, or propane tank.

Plumbing and mechanical permit applications are available on the Building Department pag under Buislind Department Forms

Click Here for a Plumbing Permit

Building Official

 

Building Official: Jason Jansen

The Building Administrator reviews the building permit applications and plans and performs building inspections.  He also oversees the Zoning Department.

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