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Building Permit Requirements

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The purpose of this document is to offer some assistance and answer some frequently asked
questions by customers seeking building permits from the Buildings, Safety Engineering and
Environmental Department. Please be aware that the following list of requirements and
Code sections are relative only to the Building Code. Requirements by other codes (i.e.,
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Marshal, Health, etc.) are available upon request from
those divisions respectively.

General Information

The Structural Division reviews construction documents and bases compliance on the
following State of Michigan Construction Codes: Refer to State Web site at

  • The 2009 Michigan Building Code, which includes Michigan Barrier-Free Design Rules
  • The 2009 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings
  • The 2009 Michigan Uniform Energy Code

Copies of these codes can be purchased from the Buildings, Safety Engineering and
Environmental Department (BSEED). Please check the availability by contacting the
cashier at (313) 224-3169.

The Review

The review of construction documents for compliance with the respective codes listed above
takes about one to three business days from the time the structural plan reviewer receives
the drawings and specifications for average jobs. The length of time for plan review may be
longer for larger and complex projects. Please ensure that the construction documents
contain all the required data listed below. This will help avoid delays and/or corrections.

Submittal Requirements (Building Code Sections in parentheses)

1. The design of the building and/or facility and preparation of construction documents
shall be done by a licensed architect or professional engineer registered with the
State of Michigan. Furnish seal and signature of the responsible
architect/professional engineer on all pages of the construction documents, as well
as the front page or top cover of specifications and calculations. Provide 3 complete
sets of construction drawings; 1 set of calculations and 1 complete set of
specifications (Sections. 107.1, State of Michigan Public Act 299 of 1980).

2. Provide a complete site plan showing all existing and proposed structures. Indicate
distances and locations of lot/property lines, widths of streets, rights-of-way, etc.
(Section 107.2.5).

3. Obtain a soil erosion and sedimentation control permit (if required) from Wayne
County Department of Public Environment, Land Resource Management Division,
3600 Commerce Court, Building “E” Wayne, Michigan, 48184. The telephone number
is (734) 326-3936, and the fax number is (734) 326-4421 (Part 91 of Act 451, Public
Acts of 1994).

4. Submit a copy of the geotechnical investigation and analysis report by a licensed
professional engineer. This should show the recommended foundation design. Show
the presumptive soil bearing capacity (Section 1803.1, 1806.2).

5. Indicate type of construction of the proposed building, fire resistance rating of all
structural elements and the U.L./Approved Agency Label rating number to
substantiate the fire resistance rating (Sections 602.1, 703.2, 705.1, 1703.1).

6. Identify the Use Group classification of the proposed building, occupancy of all parts
of the building, and include the number of occupants on every floor (including
basements) and all rooms and spaces (Sections 302.1, 1004.1).

7. Show how the proposed building meets the height and area limitations (Section

8. Show the arrangement of egress on all floors (Section 1014).

9. Indicate full compliance with the State of Michigan Barrier Free Design Rules. Provide
adequate details on the construction documents. (State of Michigan Public Act 1 of
1966, State of Michigan Barrier Free Design Rules w/ Chapter 11 of 2009 Michigan
Building Code).

10. Show the required minimum construction details for all penetrations and roof
construction (Section 713, Chapter15).

11. Furnish the information pertinent to the structural design required by 2009 Michigan
Building Code Sections 1603.1.1 through 1603.1.9.

12.    a. Floor live loads
         b. Roof live loads
         c. Roof snow loads (flat roof snow load, snow exposure factor and snow load
            importance factor)
        d. Wind load (basic wind speed, wind load importance factor, wind exposure and
            wind design pressure)
        e. Earthquake design data (Peak velocity-related acceleration, peak acceleration,
           seismic hazard exposure group, seismic performance category, soil profile type,
           the basic structural system and seismic resisting system, response modification
            factor, deflection amplification factor and the analysis procedure utilized)
        f. Other loads (concentrated loads, impact loads and special loads) - Chapter 16

    13. Provide pertinent design and construction details required by the referenced
    documents listed in Chapter 35 as related to concrete, masonry, steel, and wood