Building permits are required for work on buildings or parts of structures such as:
- New homes
- New windows
- Remodeling projects
- Swimming pools (above ground and in-ground)
- All other areas not covered by other permits
You will also need a building permit when you would like to demolish a structure.
Building Permit Fees
Please Note: Effective January 1, 2023 the building permit fee schedule will change. Please click here to see the updated schedule.
Fees for building permits are primarily based on the value of the project for which the permit is sought. There are other fees associated with building permits.
Electrical permits are required for all new electrical wiring and additions to existing systems. Electrical permits are not required for minor repair work. Under the Michigan Electrical Administrative Act of 1956-338-8891, Definitions Sec. 1 (9), "minor repair work" means electrical wiring not in excess of a valuation of $100.
Most plumbing work on construction projects - no matter the size or scale - requires a permit.
Mechanical work on construction projects - no matter the size or scale - requires a permit, with some exceptions.