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.)

Permits Required & Documents for New House, Additions & Remodels

All permit applications require a $55 plan review fee paid prior to the review being performed.
  • 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 energy codes

Permits Required & Documents for New Commercial, Additions & Remodels

All commercial structures that have an estimated cost of $1,000,000 or more will be required to pay a $1500 plan review fee at the time of application
  • 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 (more information at energy codes )

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.