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Process Steps for Electrical Permit Application

Step 1    Step-By-Step Instructions for Completing the Electrical Permit Application is available online by visiting the City of Detroit website (under the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department). This document will guide you on how to complete the application accurately to ensure approval in a timely manner

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

ONLY a City of Detroit issued ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR/MASTER ELECTRICIAN LICENSE holder can pull a Electrical Permit. Applicant MUST ALSO be REGISTERED with the City of Detroit to pull Permits. All fields are REQUIRED on the application EXCEPT WHERE NOTED. Supporting documentation: City of Detroit Electrical Contractor License, City of Detroit Master Electrician License (if appicant holds or hires a Master Electrician), un-expired identification information such as: Driver's license, state-issued non driver photo ID or Passport MUST be provided along with the application

Applicant MUST have a valid MASTER ELECTRICIAN LICENSE/ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR's LICENSE and MUST be registered and licensed with the City of Detroit to pull a Electrical permit. If applicant holds only a State issued License, applicant cannot pull a permit without being registered with the City of Detroit.

If applicant needs to pull only a "Electrical Service reconnect" permit, applicant does not need to Renew/Register with City of Detroit but will need to directly speak with a supervisor in the Electrical Division in person or by phone.

If an individual (homeowner) needs to pull a Electrical permit the individual HAS to be a resident of City of Detroit and can ONLY be a single family homeowner (will need to go to room 409).

If applicant requires a owners affidavit permit for industrial, commercial or institutional employment, applicant will need to complete a Electrical Permit application and a Owner's Affidavit form. The applicant is REQUIRED to have a current and valid Master's Electrician License to pull this permit and will also need to speak with a supervisor in the Electrical Division IN PERSON to get authorization to pull the permit

Documentation Required:Valid current drivers license
Copy of valid current Master Electrician and/or Electrical Contractor's License
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).

Step 3: 
   Submit application to License & Permit (L & P) Division with proper documentation and fees (in person or by mail) to:
Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental ,
4th Floor Coleman A. Young Municipal Center,
Detroit, MI 48226

If Applicant is a Contractor:
L & P verifies contractor is registered with City of Detroit, accepts payment, processes the permit application and provides applicant with the permit

If Applicant is a Homeowner:
Applicant MUST be living in the residence where work is to be performed.
Applicant MUST also affirm that work will be performed by themselves.
Applicant is to take the application directly to the Electrical Plan Reviewer for verification of residency in City of Detroit (Exception: If Electrical Service Reconnect Inspection permit applicant is to go to the Supervisor of the Electrical Division). The applicant then will take the approved application to L & P along with required fees. L & P processes the permit application, payment and provides applicant with the permit.

Documentation Required:

Proof of Photo Identification (drivers license, state of Michigan ID, passport, etc.), copy of current valid City of Detroit Issued and Registered Electrical Contractor License, copy of current valid City of Detroit Issued and Registered Master Electrician License, Supporting document 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 UIA number (if provided on application) MUST BE sumbitted with the application

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 Electrical Fee schedule online for applicable service fees

If application submitted by mail, the permit will be mailed to applicant. This permit process takes 5 - 10 business days

If application submitted in person, the permit is issued to the applicant in person on the same day

Step 4: 
   L & P Division Trade Counter resource is responsible for the approval of the Electrical Permit Application, unless there are discrepancies (See note below). The resource 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 L & P Cashier will forward application and documentation (if application mailed) to Room 408 Electrical Division for review and approval or direct the applicant (if application in person) to go to Room 408 Electrical Division to obtain approval from Electrical Supervisor

Step 5: 
   Once the approval is obtained, applicant will be responsible for paying all associated fees to the L & P Permits Cashiering Desk

Step 6:
    After the fees have been paid, L & P cashier will issue the Permit and a paid receipt to the applicant. L & P Cashier issues permit to applicant same day if in person or mails the permit to applicant if application was submitted by mail

Note:If application submitted by mail, the permit will be mailed to applicant within 5 - 10 business days