Community & Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development Department consists of the following divisions:
  • Building
  • Community Improvement (Grant Administration)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Planning and Zoning

The Division is responsible for development and improvement of the business and industrial districts in the City of Madison Heights. The Division supports the Downtown Development Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and provides assistance to the Planning Commission and the City Council regarding economic development projects.


The Economic Development Division is responsible for business retention and expansion throughout the city, improving the economic base of the community, creating employment opportunities, and reducing commercial and industrial property vacancies.

The Division works with business owners, property owners, real estate brokers, development firms, local and state officials, civic, community, and business groups to coordinate and enhance business relationships, as well as recruitment and retention efforts.

Site Selection/Relocation

The Economic Development Division is committed in assisting prospective business and those that seek relocation or expansion in Madison Heights. The Economic Development Supervisor maintains relationships with local brokers and employs tools to help find suitable locations for businesses to thrive. Contact Economic Development Supervisor Giles Tucker at to learn more.

Workforce Development

The Economic Development Division partners with Madison Heights businesses to connect them with workforce recruitment and training resources. Contact Economic Development Supervisor Giles Tucker at to learn more.

Examples of Available Programs

USEPA Environmental Assessment Grant

In 2016 The Oakland County Brownfield Consortium (Oakland County, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Southfield) was awarded $600,000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to perform Environmental Assessment work for our Brownfield program.  Phase I, II, Baseline Environmental Assessments, Due Care Plans, Brownfield Plans, Lead and Asbestos testing are all eligible through this grant.

If you have a project that is ready for redevelopment please feel free to fill out the linked form HERE and return to Brad Hansen at or contact Economic Development Supervisor Giles Tucker at

Industrial Facilities Exemption

The Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development Districts Act, (known as the Industrial Facilities Exemption) PA 198 of 1974, as amended, provides a tax incentive to manufacturers to enable renovation and expansion of aging facilities, assist in the building of new facilities, and to promote the establishment of high tech facilities. An Industrial Facilities Exemption (IFE) certificate entitles the facility to exemption from ad valorem real and/or personal property taxes for a term of 1-12 years as determined by the local unit of government. Applications are filed, reviewed and approved by the local unit of government, but are also subject to review at the State level by the Property Services Division and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The State Tax Commission (STC) is ultimately responsible for final approval and issuance of certificates. Exemptions are not effective until approved by the STC.

Industrial Facilities Exemption Application and Required Documentation can be found on the Michigan Treasury Website or by clicking HERE.

Contact Economic Development Supervisor Giles Tucker at to learn more

Madison Height Downtown Development Authority (MHDDA) Programs

Visit the MHDDA Page for programs exclusively for properties located within the MHDDA area.

Madison Heights- Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce

The Economic Development Division is a partner of the Madison Heights-Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce. Visit to learn more. 

#ShopSafeMH Business Sign Up

The city would like to highlight our local businesses and encourage residents to shop local! By clicking the link below and filling out the form we can help promote your business on our city website and social media accounts!

From the office of Tim B Gardner

Madison Heights Building Official


With spring fast approaching and the construction season starting to gain speed. Remember to contact the building department before starting any construction projects. 


This month let’s talk about roofs...

Missing shingles can lead to leaks. Poor ventilation can lead to your roof overheating and causing your shingles to curl ,creating a fish scale look. Watch for stones in your gutters and or at the end of your downspouts, some are normal a lot is not and depending on the age of your roof can be a sign to have a professional roof contractor look at the overall condition of your roof. When replacing always remember you need to have ice and water installed per the code and manufacture specs. Any roof that wants to add a second course without removing the old shingles must have the roof looked at to verify the roof only has a single layer and is a candidate for a layover. 

All roofs including garages are required to have a permit. 


So if you need a roof replaced we at the community development department have you covered. 

Call us at 248-583-0831 for all your permitting needs. 


Think Spring!