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 Permit Process, Step-by-Step

Following is step-by-step instructions in what is required to obtain a building permit.

New Construction of a Residence.

Additions/Alterations or New Buildings on your lot .

Commercial Construction.

 


           New Construction of a Residence:

1.      Obtain the building permit application. 

2.      When returning the application, the following items are required:

a.      A copy of the sewage permit (this applies if there is no existing on-lot system.)  [more information on sewage system permits]

b.     A copy of the zoning permit.  Not all townships have zoning at this time.  Check with your township officials or this office if you do not know if your township has zoning. [zoning permit information]

c.   A Certificate of Insurance on your contractor.  The state requires proof of worker’s compensation on the contractor (if the contractor has employees).  Our office has many of the local contractors’ certificates of insurance on file.  If the contractor does not have worker’s comp insurance, then there is an exemption form which must be signed.  The exemption forms may be obtained through our office.  The exemption must be notarized.   We have a notary on our staff and contractors can sign at our office if they would prefer.

d.    Three sets of plans on the residence.   These plans must include the following information:   elevation drawings, foundation drawings, floor plans, and plumbing and venting riser plans.  Once the plans have been reviewed, one set will be returned with the permit to be kept at the job site.  These plans will be stamped “Approved” and signed by the Code Administrator.  [Plan Drawing Requirements]

3.      Application Review.  Once we have all the above items turned in to our office, the plans will be reviewed and the permit is usually issued within 5 days.  There will be paperwork attached with your permit explaining when inspections will be done during the construction of your residence.  [Plans Review]

4.      Permit Issued.  When the permit is issued, you will be called and told the permit is ready and will be given the fee at that time. Payment must be made before we can release the permit.  The construction is to be started within 6 months from the issue date of the permit.  The building permit is valid for one year with option to renew for 1 additional year(which must be in writing).

NOTE:  Additional Work.  If you are planning a deck or garage or other construction of some means on the lot directly after the construction of the residence, you may want to indicate that on your application.  If this is not included on the application, you will need to obtain a second permit for the additional work.

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Additions/Alterations or New Buildings on your lot:

1.      Obtain the building permit application.

2.      When returning the application, the following items are required:

a.   A copy of the zoning permit.   Not all townships have zoning at this time.  Check with your township officials or this office if you do not know if your township has zoning. [zoning permit information]

b.      A Certificate of Insurance on your contractor.  The state requires proof of worker’s compensation on the contractor (if the contractor has employees).  If the contractor does not have worker’s comp insurance, then there is an exemption form which must be signed and notarized.  Our office has many of the local contractors’ certificates of insurance on file.  The exemption forms may be obtained through our office.  The exemption must be notarized.  We have a notary on our staff and contractors can sign at our office if they would prefer.

c.      Building Plans.     If you are constructing an addition, please draw the house and show where the addition will be constructed in relation to the home.   We will ask for dimensions of the addition.   [Plan Drawing Requirements]

3.      Permit Issued.  Once we have all the above items turned in to our office, the permit is usually issued within 1-2 days.  Payment must be made before we can release the permit.  The permit is valid for one (1) year.

NOTE:   Start of work / additional work.  Once the permit is issued, the work is to be started within 6 months.     The permit is issued only for the work applied for on the application.  If you are planning several different kinds of additions/alterations, etc. within a one year period, you may want to include them on the application.   Otherwise additional permits may have to be obtained.

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Commercial Construction:

1.   Obtain the building permit application.

2.      When returning the application, the following items are required:

a.      A copy of the zoning permit.  Not all townships have zoning at this time.  Check with your township officials or this office if you do not know if your township has zoning. [zoning permit information]

b.      A Certificate of Insurance on the contractor.  The state requires proof of worker’s compensation on the contractor (if the contractor has employees).  If the contractor does not have worker’s comp insurance, then there is an exemption form which must be signed and notarized.  Our office has many of the local contractors’ certificates of insurance on file.  The exemption forms may be obtained through our office.  The exemption must be notarized.  We have a notary on our staff and contractors can sign at our office if they would prefer.

c.     Three sets of plans on the construction. All plans for commercial construction/changes shall be drawn and sealed by a registered architect and/or engineer.   Once the plans are reviewed and approved, one set of   plans will be returned with the permit to be kept at the job site. 

3.      Permit Issued.  Once we have all the above items turned in to our office, the permit is usually issued within 30 days.  Payment must be made before we can release the permit.

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