Welcome to Sparta

Building Permit and Inspection Change

Building Permits and Inspections have CHANGED. The Village of Sparta recently hired Professional Code Inspections or PCI. PCI is a professional inspection firm that will handle all building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permitting, and associated inspections, within the Village.

Applicants seeking building, electrical, plumbing or mechanical permits will submit plans and permit applications to the Village offices. Permit fees will also be paid at the Village offices. All questions related to permits will be directed to PCI’s Dorr office. PCI can be contacted at (616) 877-2000 or by visiting their website: http://pcimi.com/services/services-dorr-office.


Welcome to the Village of Sparta, Michigan

Sparta Is TraditionThe warm and friendly Village of Sparta is located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sparta is a great place to raise a family and grow a business.

Sparta Is Tradition. On this website, you'll find information about our parks, history, finances, and departments of the Village, as well as important links to the community, resources and document downloads.

Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, we want to help you, and we are glad you're here.

2022 Water & Sewer Rate Information

Effective January 1, 2022 the Village of Sparta will be making changes to its utility rates. This will be reflected in your February bill (which bills for January usage). These changes were approved by Village Council at the December 13,2021 Village Council meeting.

At this time the Village is increasing water or sewer commodity charges (on use) as well as the ready to serve capital charges for both water and sewer. This will result in an increase for both water and sewer customers. Please click the link below to see the informational sheet that was created to explain the changes and why they are happening.

The Village recently completed our SAW Grant which has identify what improvements are needed for the sanitary sewer collection system, wastewater treatment plant and the storm sewer system. This included a complete rate study for which the rates are based on. The findings of the rate study were presented on August 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Utility Rate Workshop. If you are interested in seeing more about the upcoming projects, please check out the 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan can be found under the Services tab “Finance and Transparency” on the Village website at www.spartami.org.

Although we don't compare ourselves to other systems because the Village of Sparta has to run the system we have, not our neighbors, here are rates of some other neighboring communities as of 2021/22. Here are the rates if you were to purchase 6,000 gallons of water/sewer in the following communities:

Village of Sparta - $82.39
Newaygo - $104.01
Lowell - $106.06
Rockford - $113.65
Cedar Springs - $129.61

Click the link below for more information.

Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Village of Sparta Dispose of Unused MedicineDid you know the Village of Sparta provides a Safe Prescription Drug Drop-Off program to the community? Residents can drop off unused or expired prescriptions into a secure box - no questions asked. The drop off location is in the lobby of the Sparta Police Department at 260 W. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.

What should NOT be placed in drop off container:
- Narcotics and other controlled substances
- Illicit drugs
- Bloody and infectious waste
- Needles or other sharp objects
- IV Bags
- Bandages
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- Thermometers
- Empty medication containers

Police officers will check the boxes daily, collect the contents and prepare for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with Federal and State laws. If you have any additional questions please contact the Sparta Police Department at 616-887-8716. 

History of Sparta

Myers SchoolhouseThe first settlers who arrived in the area of Sparta, Michigan in 1844 discovered rich land and abundant streams.

The first railroad reached Sparta in 1872, linking the community with Grand Rapids and ensuring the progress and prosperity of the area.

Most of Sparta’s settlers were farmers. Today, along with its agricultural and industrial base, Sparta has developed services from banking to retail and offers easy access to a major metropolitan area.

Sparta has two museums in operation today reflecting on the history of the establishment of Sparta with the Myers Schoolhouse Museum and the T.S. & M Railroad Depot.

Village News & Notes

Notice: Leaf Pickup in the Village

VILLAGE WIDE LEAF PICK UP FOR FALL 2022 IS SCHEDULED TO START MID-OCTOBER THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER OR FIRST HEAVY SNOW FALL, WHICH EVER IS EARLIER. PLEASE RAKE EARLY.

Residents are asked to:

  • Leaf pick-up begins mid-October and runs through the end of November or the first heavy snowfall, whichever is earlier.
  • Residents are reminded to rake leave into piles between the curb and sidewalk or the area next to the street if there is no curb and sidewalk.
  • Please do not rake leaves into the street.
  • No pet waste or trash.
  • Please do not set out brush, roots, stumps, or garden waste, as the leaf vacuum cannot accept those items.
  • Please do not park within 25ft. of a leaf piles.
If you prefer an alternative to the Village picking up your leaves you may bring them to the Village Garage at 276 W. Division behind the DPW building. If you choose to bring them to the garage, please REMOVE from plastic bags.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE LEAF PILES NEAR THE STREET
THIS IS A LEAF PICK-UP ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT SET OUT BRUSH, ROOTS, STUMPS, GRASS OR GARDEN WASTE AS THE LEAF VACUUM CAN NOT ACCEPT THESE ITEMS.

Any questions please contact Dennis Brinks, DPW Supervisor at (616) 887-9303

Odd/Even Parking in effect November 15 - April 1

Odd-even parking regulations begin November 15 and will be enforced on streets where odd-even parking signs are present. Please be sure you know the rules of the ordinance to avoid a ticket. The Village of Sparta appreciates your cooperation.

Current Ordinance:

“It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any motor vehicle to park such motor vehicle upon any of the streets within the Village between the hours 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., between the dates of November 15 and April 1 of each year unless, between such hours, the motor vehicle is parked on the evenly addressed side of the street on even dates between November 15 and April 1 or the motor vehicle is parked on the oddly addressed side of the street on odd dates between November 15 and April 1.” - Section 70-5 (d) of Sparta Village Code of Ordinances

What does that Really Mean?

  • If the calendar date is odd you need to be parked on the odd addressed side of the road. The restriction is in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Example: If it is 2:00 a.m. on November 21st your vehicle needs to be parked on the odd side of the road.
  • However, because the rule is in effect from 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. you need to make sure you are parked accordingly the night before for the next day. In the example titled "Example of Odd Parking" below (November 21st), you would want to make sure your car is parked on the odd side of the street after 6:00 p.m. on November 20th.

We have included graphics below explaining what this means visually.

Village of Sparta Water Quality Report for 2021

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Quality Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.

Please follow the link below to review the entire report.

Village of Sparta Newsletter

The Village of Sparta will now release a quarterly newsletter. While we still communicate with residents via social media, the Village will now update residents on the exciting happening in the Village with a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will keep residents up-to-date on events, seasonal services, meetings and more.

If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please sign up for email notifications from the Village of Sparta. The signup form is located here on our website’s Home page.

Pay Your Water/Sewer Bill Online

The Village of Sparta has recently switched over to BS&A Online to process water/sewer bills and property tax payments. Click here to pay your bill online.

Residents are encouraged to create a BS&A Online account, although it is not required to make a payment. Setting up an account will allow you to see the payment history, receipts, water usage, and more. We will NOT be able to accept credit card payments for permits or other fees at this time. You will need to pay with a check or cash through our office at 156 E Division Street or via US mail to pay fees. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Payments will be posted in real-time, so as soon as you enter your payment, it will automatically be deducted from your account. Please note there is a fee of 3% when you pay with a credit card with a minimum fee of $2.00.