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Instruction for Adminstrative Hearing Request Form

The following step by step instructions are intended to assist the applicant in properly completing the Request for Administrative Hearing form. It is important that the following instructions be followed very closely to ensure that the application is processed in a timely manner.

Applicant must present the following supporting documentation along with the complete application form to the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department, Room 401, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226.

(1) You will be required to submit the fee at the time of the Hearing (payable by check or money order) to the "Treasurer, City of Detroit". Fees may also be paid by "Visa", MasterCard", Debit Card or Cash
(2) Un-expired identification information (driver's license, state-issued non-driver photo Identification or Passport

Please read the following information below that details what other documents or requirements must be met when submitting the form.

For Modifications to Code Provisions submit the following:
[1] Two (2) sets of fully dimensioned drawings

  • Show the structure and systems involved.
  • Highlight the non-compliance or the designed alternate.

[2] A narrative describing:

  • The practical difficulties to comply with the Code provisions.
  • How the proposed design meets the intent of the Code, and
  • Why the proposed design does not pose any greater hazard than if it were to meet the letter of the Code.



For Approval through Administrative Process submit the following:

  • For temporary trailers submit a fully dimensioned plot plan showing the location of the proposed trailer on the lot.


Note: For subsequent Building permit for temporary trailers, the following is needed:

  • Proof or verification that the trailer is State approved for the desired use and barrier free design (handicap toilet, corridor width, etc.)
  • Your plan for a ramp for handicap access, and
  • Your plan to provide adequate sanitation, light and ventilation



For Other equivalency or required approvals submit the documentation required by the relevant Code provision.

Note: These instructions may be printed to guide you through the process.

Step 1: 
   Hearing Request No will be provided by the department.

Step 2:    Applicant must enter the date of the application in MM/DD/YYYY format.

Step 3:    Applicant must provide the full address of the Property Location (Street Number, Name, City, State and Zip Code). Address must match the address on the Assessors Report.

Step 4: 
   Owner Information: All fields are required
Owner name must match the Owner name on the State of Michigan Deed. Applicant must have their current State of Michigan License, unexpired identification information (driver's license, state-issued non-driver photo identification, or passport).

Step 5:
    Applicant must provide the full owner Address (Street Number and Name). Address must match the address on the State of Michigan Deed.

Step 6:
    Applicant must provide the city information for the location .

Step 7:
    Applicant must provide the state information for the location. Must be "MI" for Michigan.

Step 8:
    Applicant must provide valid zip code information for the location. You must at least provide the five digit zip code (if known, enter the 9-digit zip code, for example "48206-1234").

Step 9:    Applicant must provide the complete telephone number (10 digit phone number is required which should include the area code).

Step 10:    Applicant Information: All fields are required
Applicant must have their current State of Michigan License, unexpired identification information (driver's license, state-issued non-driver photo ID, or passport).

Step 11:    Applicant must provide their full address (Street Number and Name). Address must match the applicants address on their valid Driver's License, State of Michigan Identification, or Passport.

Step 12:    Applicant must provide the state information for the location. Must be "MI" for Michigan.

Step 13:    Applicant must provide valid zip code information for the location. You must at least provide the five digit zip code (if known, enter the 9-digit zip code, for example "48206-1234").

Step 14:    Applicant must provide the complete telephone number (10 digit phone number is required which should include the area code).

Step 15:    Whom may the department contact to provide the meeting date. Please provide his/her name and phone number.

Step 16:    Provide the Code, Section No. and Code Requirement.

Step 17:    Provide the Reason for the Noncompliance.

Step 18:    Provide the Alternate Method Proposed.

Step 19:    How is the alternate Equivalent to Code?