A common question our office is asked is "Do I need a building permit?" We have put together a list of examples below or you can refer to our Do I Need a Permit Brochure (PDF). These are intended to be general guideline; however, you should always check with our office at 616-355-1330.
Change Window Size
Flat Concrete Work on Private Property
Re-Roof over 25%
Shed (any size)
Steps (new or rebuilding)
Install Storm Door
Repair Steps or Ceiling
Replace Broken Window Glass
So you need a permit, what next?
Get your plans together.
Use a survey, or draw an accurate site plan. Show your property lines, all existing buildings, dimensions, and where you propose to put what. The main purpose of the site plan is to review the project for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.
Submit your application and plans to the Community & Neighborhood Services office by dropping it off at City Hall, Third Floor or by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once submitted it may take 1 to 3 weeks to get the plan reviewed and approved.
Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Work
Permits are also required for plumbing, mechanical and electrical work. Unless you really know what you’re doing, it is often best to leave this type of work to the professionals. Find a list of those applications here.