Building permits ensure that your work is in compliance with the building codes that regulate the processes of demolition, renovation, installation, construction, and inspection.
To complete a permit application, visit our Online Permit Center.
To set up an appointment or request or cancel a building, trade, or rental inspection, contact:
Community and Economic Development
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The Community and Economic Development Department reviews plans in the order in which they are received. Timely review depends on the accuracy and detail of the plans submitted. Generally speaking, the review process takes 2–4 weeks from the time plans are received.
For residential construction: You must submit three copies of your plans to the Community and Economic Development Department.
For commercial construction: You must submit four copies of your plans to the Community and Economic Development Department.
Building inspections are performed Monday–Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing inspections are conducted Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.
To schedule an inspection, contact Community and Economic Development at 248-336-4117.
An online license search is available through the State of Michigan website. Or, call the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services Licensing Division at 517-373-8376 to verify the licensing status of a builder or contractor.
Ask to see certificates of insurance of liability and worker’s compensation. Are they current? Are they issued in the correct company name?
Remember to get everything in writing. Any quotes or contracts should include the builder’s name, business address and phone, and a detailed description of the work being done, materials being used, start and completion dates, method of payment, and payment schedule. Warranty periods should be clearly stated.
There must be a permit for work done in the City and the accompanying green board must be posted and visible from the street. Make sure your builder obtains a permit before work starts.