Links to all of the forms and applications for Planning & Development are provided below. Links under each form will take you to information that will be useful during the completion and submission process, in addition to contact person(s).
Please visit the Appeals Board page to download Building, Housing and Zoning Board of Appeals applications.
Please visit Planning Services' Development Review page to download applications for annexations, zoning, land division and site plan petitions.
*Banner, Block Party and Temporary Exemption from Maximum Permissible Sound Levels permits are currently handled through the Clerk's offices on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Please contact them at 734.794.6140 for additional information and procedures.
All permit applications must be accompanied by a payment cover sheet (below). Any application received without payment information cannot be processed. Permits cannot be issued until they are paid for. For your convenience, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, checks, money orders and cash are all accepted.
Payment cover sheet (PDF)
Plan review fees
Applicants for building permits must pay the plan review fee upon submittal of the building permit application. Previously, this fee was due, along with the building permit fee, when the permit was picked up.
Permit applications that are submitted without this fee, will not be reviewed until this fee is paid. This rule does not apply to all applications submitted prior to this date.
Trade permit fees for additional inspections
Permit holders of all trade permits (electrical, mechanical, plumbing) will be required to make payment in advance, for all additional inspections which were not included at the time of the original permit issuance. This includes the necessary inspections required to finalize any open permits. The fee for all inspections added to an open permit will be assessed at $35 per inspection. Payment is to be made to the City of Ann Arbor.
Permits, Licenses and Fees
The Permit Desk issues permits construction, zoning and soil erosion or grading projects. In addition, this desk also completes City of Ann Arbor registrations for contractors to work in the City and conducts a sewer installer exam to issue licensing for work performed in the City of Ann Arbor.
Construction permits are obtained by submitting the appropriate Commercial or Residential application form together with two sets of drawings of the proposed work, signed and sealed by an architect or engineer. Applications are reviewed for compliance with current Michigan building code and safety requirements. Trade permit such as, electrical, mechanical and plumbing that are not associated with large scale projects can be obtained over the counter same day. Trade permits can also be mailed or faxed into our office with a payment cover sheet in which case they are mailed back to the requester.
Plan review fees must be paid in advance of the review and remaining building fees are paid before the permit is issued, please keep in mind, work on your project cannot begin until a permit has been issued.
Construction permits are valid for 6 months from the issued date but remain active for the life of project with regular inspections performed. If the permit should expire before the project is completed, it can be reactivated and extended upon the submission of a written request to reactivate the permit, reactivation fee is $35.
Inspection Scheduling and Results
The Planning & Development Services Unit use a development review and inspection services software called TRAKiT that allows:
24/7 access to inspection results, look up permits online, check registration with the City, or schedule inspections using eTrakit.
Inspections cannot be schedule if there are outstanding fees on the permit or if the permit has not been issued. Scheduled inspections also cannot be canceled online for the protection of the permit holder.
Extra inspection performed on trade permits that are not paid at the time of issuance are invoiced after the permit has been finaled.