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Requirements for Obtaining Building Permits

Requirements To Obtain Building Permits Or New Erects

If contractor is pulling a permit for a single, two-family or any structure with sleeping rooms they will:


  • Need to be licensed with the State of Michigan and have to be registered with the City of Detroit as a Residential Building Contractor.
  • They have to get the owner to sign their portion of the application and have it notarized
  • The contractor would have to provide three (3) copies of plans of the work that is being performed-approved by Zoning and Structural Division
  • If the property is in a historical district, they have to get an approval letter from Historical Department, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC)
  • Completed application has to be approved by room 408 (Building Division) and 409 (Zoning and Structural Division)
  • A form of payment has to be brought to the Cashier's office once application has been processed, it has to be paid for on the same day.

If a contractor is pulling a permit for commercial property:

  • They have to get the owner to sign their portion of the application and have it notarized
  • The contractor would have to provide three (3) copies of plans of the work that is being performed-approved by Zoning and Structural Division
  • If the property is in a historical district, they have to get an approval letter from Historical Department, which is located on the 2nd floor of the CAYMC
  • Completed application has to be approved by room 408 (Building Division) and 409 (Zoning and Structural Division)
  • A form of payment has to be brought to the Cashier's office once application has been processed, it has to be paid for on the same day.

If a homeowner is pulling a building permit:

  • The owner would have to have their portion of the application signed and notarized
  • Provide proof of ownership (license or deed)
  • Provide three (3) copies of plans of the work that is being performed (approved by Zoning and Structural Division)
  • If property is in historical district, they have to get approval letter from Historical Department, which is located on the 2nd floor of the CAYMC
  • Completed application has to be approved by room 408 and 409, then processed in room 402 (Building Permits Counter)
  • A form of payment has to be brought-once application has been processed, it has to be paid for the same day.