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A virtual workshop meeting has been scheduled for the Ovid Township Planning Commission on November 17, 2020 @ 6PM.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Township master plan and the zoning ordinance for possible revisions and/or amendments.  The meeting will be held virtually per Public Act 228 of 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
All voting members of the Planning Commission will be participating electronically.
The general public may participate in the meeting electronically by using the Zoom link or dial-in phone number below, which will allow for two-way communication during public comment periods and allow for the general public to view and hear all comments of the voting members of the Planning Commission.
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Meeting ID: 899 1181 4985
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Residents can contact members of the Planning Commission in advance of the meeting to provide input or ask questions on any business that will come before the Planning Commission.  Contact information is available on the Ovid Township website, or can be obtained by contacting the Zoning Administrator at (517) 462-8416.

If you require accommodations to participate in or view the meeting due to a disability, please contact the Zoning Administrator at (517) 462-8416.


A petition to replace the Ovid Township Prohibition of Marijuana Establishments Ordinance #28, has been filed, and after resolution at our August board meeting, will be added ot the November general election ballot

The Ovid Township Board neither condones nor opposes this petition.

There has been a survey circulated from the Ovid Job Creation Foundation. This has been circulated from outside of Ovid Township, and the Ovid Township board has no involvement in its implementation/creation. We did  not sanction or condone any information contained in the survey.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Executive Order Requiring Mask Use In All Public Places

Click here to review the press release.

Due to the order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, masks ARE MANDATORY to enter the Ovid Township Hall. Admittance to anyone not wearing a mask will be denied.

For information regarding Summer 2020 Tax Collection please CLICK HERE



In an effort to protect our residents and staff from the spread of Covid-19, and in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, the Ovid Township offices will conduct business through our service window.
Elected Officials and the zoning administrator are available via phone, email, mail, and the drop box located on the north drive of the parking lot.
The zoning administrator is available during regular posted hours and zoning items will be addressed on a case by case basis. 

Thank you, 
Ovid Township Board of Trustees




Please note new office hours for the Ovid Township Zoning Administrator

Feel free to contact Bob via phone, in person during posted hours, or email
(note the new zoning email address) for all of your Ovid Township zoning needs

Bob Hawley, Zoning Administrator, is available on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. 



Notice: Click here to review the Township policy for blocked roadways


Branch County Building Department Checklist - Click HERE






NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that, effectively immediately, Ovid Township shall require all contractors and property owners proposing to construct any impervious surface or structure less than nine inches in height (examples: decks, walkways, sidewalks, driveways, etc) on private property in the WR (Waterfront Residential) Zoning District to obtain a zoning permit prior to beginning work. The purpose of the zoning permit shall be to ensure compliance with the Township’s Zoning Ordinance, which restricts the maximum percentage of impervious surface on a lot in the WR District to 50% of the lot area (see Section 12.01).


Greg Gemmill, Supervisor

Russ Jennings, Zoning Administrator



Publication Date: July 9th, 2018

For the complete ordinance, please click on "Ordinances" at the top of the page.


Ovid Township is located in south-central Branch County in the south-central region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Ovid Township is bordered on the north by Coldwater Township, on the west by Bethel Township, on the south by Kinderhook Township, and on the east by Algansee Township. The township is primarily rural and agricultural in character. Interstate 69 bisects the township connecting it to the cities of Coldwater and Lansing to the north and Angola and Fort Wayne, Indiana to the south.

Samuel Baker established the first settlement in Ovid in July, 1836. In the spring of 1837, the legislature officially organized the township.

Lakes are a dominant feature of Ovid Township. They are scattered throughout the 36 square miles. However, one lake in particular, Coldwater Lake, has a significant impact on the township. Coldwater Lake has a surface area of 1,610 acres, 1,292 of which are located in Ovid Township. It is the largest of many lakes in the township, it is at the southern end of a chain of lakes that stretch across Branch County.



Ovid Township Hall built in 2002,
destroyed by fire in 2017.
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Original Ovid Township Hall replaced with a new building in 2002
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