Building Permit Requirements

Residential

  1. Application
  2. Copy of Builders’ License and Driver’s License
  3. Two (2) Sets of Construction Plans
    Plans must be sealed if construction is over 3500 sq. ft.
  4. Michigan Energy Worksheet
  5. Plot Plan
    Must be drawn to scale and include:
    1. Drainage Plan
    2. Elevations of Existing and Proposed Grades.
    3. Location of Septic & Well
    4. Setbacks
    5. Any existing buildings on site
  6. Copy of Well and/or Septic Permits from Oakland County
    (Septic System must be 100’ from a body of water)
    -or-
    Water and/or Sewer Tap from Department of Public Works
  7. Driveway Permit from Road Commission at Oakland County
    Driveway permit not required on private roads
  8. Soil Erosion permit from Oakland County
  9. Application Fee (see Fee Schedule)

Review Time:  Once ALL documentation is received the application shall be approved or denied, in whole or in part within 10 business days, except that in the case of an unusually complicated building or structure, action shall be taken within 15 business days.  As outlined in Section 11(1) of PA 230.  Applicant will be called when permit is ready to be issued.

Building permit does not include Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, Fireplace or Air conditioning permit. These are separate permits issued after permit to build.

Commercial and Multiple

  1. Application to be completed and signed – if no pre-construction meeting is required, submit the following:
  2. Two (2) Sets of Sealed Construction Plans accompanied by one (1) electronic copy
  3. Site Plan
    Must be drawn to scale and include:
    1. Drainage Plan
    2. Elevations of Existing and Proposed Grades
    3. Location of Septic & Well
    4. Any existing building on site
  4. Oakland County Driveway Permit/Michigan Department of Transportation
  5. Sewer/Water Permit (or copy of Application) or Septic/Well Permit
  6. Oakland County Soil Erosion Permit
  7. Plan Review Fee (see Fee Schedule)

Process to issue a Commercial Building Permit request takes approximately 3-4 weeks. Applicant will be called when permit is ready to be issued.

  • All Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning permits are separate.
  • Must follow Fire Department recommendation in accordance with Fire Codes.
  • Must adhere to Barrier Free Design Codes.