Building Permit Process

All building permits require a plan review except for a Demolition Permit. Most projects also require a Land Use Permit from your township. If your project is in Garfield Township you will obtain your building permit from them. (The trade permits are issued in our office for the whole county.)
When you receive your Land Use Permit you may then apply for your building permit.  We require 2 sets of completed plans drawn to scale. 
Depending on your project you may be required to obtain other permits that pertain to your project.
Permits Required & Documents for New House, Additions & Remodels
  • Building Permit Application
  • 2 Sets of Plans
  • Address Permit (Only if your property has not been issued an address)
  • Land Use
  • Well and Septic or DPW Permit (Depends on what your water system is fed from)
  • Driveway Permit
  • Soil and Erosion Permit
  • Energy Code Compliance Documentation
Permits Required & Documents for New Commercial, Additions & Remodels
  • Building Permit Application
  • 2 Sets of Plans (sealed by an engineer or an architect)
  • Address Permit (Only if your property has not been issued an address)
  • Land Use
  • Well and Septic or DPW Permit (Depends on what your water system is fed from)
  • Driveway Permit (if applicable)
  • Soil and Erosion Permit
  • Fire Department Plan Review
  • Commercial Plan Review (filled out and sealed by an engineer or an architect)
  • ASHRAE Report
Permits Required for a Demolition Permit
  • Building Permit Application
  • Land Use
  • Soil and Erosion (if applicable)
  • DEQ (for commercial only)
  • Well and Septic or DPW (for cut and cap reasons)
  • Electrical Service Shut Off Letter
  • Gas Service Shut Off Letter
Each project may be different and you can always call the Office at 231-995-6044 to get clarification. Remodels do not always need a Land Use Permit. It will depend on your project and the township where your property lies. Each township has their own set of regulations.