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The Inspection Department is open from 8:00AM - 5:00PM for your convenience.  If you have any questions please call 

231-777-2555 ext. 1127.

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From the Desk of the Building Official

Homeowners intending to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a structure must first apply for a building permit before starting work.  This includes roofing and siding also.  A permit is also required to enlarge, alter, install, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.

Types of work exempt from permit requirements are:

  • One story detached accessory structure if the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet
  • A fence that is not more than 6 feet high
  • A retaining wall that is not more than 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  • A water tank supported directly upon grade if the capacity is not more than 5,000 gallons and the ratio of the height to diameter or width is not greater than 2 to 1
  • A sidewalk or driveway that is not more than 30 inches above the adjacent grade and is not over any basement or story below
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing work
  • A prefabricated swimming pool that is less than 24 inches deep
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a 1 or 2 family dwelling
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support