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Process Steps for Electrical Permit Application

This document will guide you on how to complete the application process accurately to ensure approval in a timely manner.

Step 1:    Applications are available here (for printing purposes only) or by visiting the City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department-Electrical Division, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Fourth Floor, Room 408, Detroit, MI 48226 between the hours of 8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR PERMIT:
Applicant must either be a Licensed City of Detroit Electrical Contractor or a current and valid Registered State of Michigan/Grand Rapids Electrical Contractor, in order to obtain an electrical permit. If you are uncertain whether you are currently Licensed or Registered, please call the Electrical Inspection Division at (313) 628-2661 for further assistance. 

The permit application must be filled out in its entirety, except where noted.

Documentation Required:
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Current and valid City of Detroit Electrical Contractor's License or current and valid City of Detroit Electrical Contractor's Registration (for State of Michigan/Grand Rapids Contractors)
  • Supporting documents from the business/employer that will have the business Tax Id (if provided on application)
  • Supporting document from the business/employer proving Workers Compensation Insurance Carrier information (if provided on application)
  • Supporting document from the business/employer that will have the business MESC number (if provided on application).  

Permit applications may be submitted by mail only if the Electrical Contractor is currently Licensed or Registered with the City of Detroit.

The permit by mail process approximately takes 5-10 business days, and the permit will be mailed back to the applicant.

Permit submissions may be mailed to:
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
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Licenses & Permits Division
2 Woodward Ave. Fourth Floor, Room 402
Detroit, MI 48226

Permit applications submitted in person are issued to the applicant on the same day.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Licenses and Permits Division at (313) 224-3171

ELECTRICAL SERVICE RECONNECT PERMIT: If a service reconnect permit is required, then the applicant does not need to renew/register with the City of Detroit. But, the applicant must directly speak to the Electrical Supervisor in Room 408 before the permit may be obtained.

ELECTRICAL HOMEOWNER'S PERMIT: If a homeowner's permit is required, applicant must be living in the residence (single family only) where the work is being performed. The applicant must sign an affidavit (provided on the permit application) that work will only be performed by themselves. The Homeowner's permit may be obtained in Room 409 Electrical Plan Review, or at the Licenses and Permits Division in Room 402.

Documentation Required for abovementioned permits:

  • Valid and current Driver's License or State Identification. Passports are not accepted.
  • Permit application filled out in its entirety except where noted.

 
OWNER'S AFFIDAVIT PERMIT
In the case of industrial, commercial, or institutional employment, the Affidavit and/or Owner's Affidavit is used in lieu of an Electrical Contractor's License. If a Owner's Affidavit Permit is required, the facility is required to have a current and valid Master Electrician in order to obtain this permit. The applicant must speak with the Electrical Supervisor in Room 408 before the permit may be obtained.

        Documentation Required:

  • Permit application
  • Current and valid Master Electrician's License

 

Step 2: Submit application to the Licenses & Permits Division with proper documentation and fees.

If Applicant is a Contractor:
The Licenses and Permits Division verifies the Electrical Contractor is registered with the City of Detroit, accepts payment, processes the permit application, and provides applicant with the permit.

If Applicant is a Homeowner:
Applicant is to take the application directly to the Electrical Plan Reviewer for verification of residency in the City of Detroit. The applicant will then take the approved application to the Licenses and Permits Division along with required fees. The Licenses and Permits Division processes the permit application, accepts payment, and provides applicant with the permit.

Step 3: The Licenses and Permits Division is responsible for the approval of the Electrical Permit Application, unless there are discrepancies (See note below). The Licenses and Permits Division will provide the applicant with the assigned Permit Number and approved application.


Note: If there is any discrepancy in the application and documentation submitted, the Licenses and Permits Cashier will forward application and documentation (if application was mailed) to the Electrical Division in Room 408 for review and approval, or direct the applicant (if application in person) to go to the Electrical Division in Room 408 to obtain approval from the Electrical Supervisor.

Step 4: Once the approval is obtained, applicant will be responsible for paying all associated fees to the Licenses and  Permits Cashiering Desk in Room 402.

Note: Make checks (starter checks are not accepted) payable to: Treasury City of Detroit. Other payment methods accepted are cash, credit cards (Master Card, Visa or Discover only), money orders, and cashier's checks.

Fees:
Refer to the Electrical Fee Schedule for applicable service fees.

Step 5: After the fees have been paid, the cashier will issue the Permit and a paid receipt to the applicant.