Municipality Location and General Contact Information


Address
301 E Huron St
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Website
http://www.a2gov.org/
Phone
734-794-6000
Building Department information for City of Ann Arbor, MI

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City of Ann Arbor, MI - Building Department Information


The following Building Department information is available for City of Ann Arbor, MI

Building and Related Codes and Amendments

These are the current codes being enforced in the City of Ann Arbor.

  • MICHIGAN BUILDING CODE 2012
  • MICHIGAN REHABILITATION CODE FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS 2012
  • MICHIGAN PLUMBING CODE 2012
  • MICHIGAN MECHANICAL CODE 2012
  • MICHIGAN ELECTRICAL CODE BASED ON THE 2014 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE WITH PART 8 STATE AMENDMENTS ICC / ANSI A117.1 – 2009 &
  • MICHIGAN BARRIER FREE DESIGN LAW OF PUBLIC ACT 1 OF 1966 AS AMENDED.
  • MICHIGAN UNIFORM ENERGY CODE RULES PART 10 WITH ANSI / ASHRE / IESNA STANDARD 90.1-1999
  • INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE 2012
  • INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE 2012
  • NFPA 13, 13D & 13R 2007
  • NFPA 96 2008 GREASE HOODS
  • NFPA 72 2007 FIRE ALARM CODE

Fore more information visit the City of Ann Arbor website.


HOW TO PURCHASE A BOOK

The Codes and Standards Order Form is available on the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth website at www.michigan.gov/cis or by calling 517.241.9313.

Complete the Codes and Standards Order Form, make check payable to the State of Michigan and mail your request to: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Bureau of Construction Codes P.O. Box 30255, Lansing, Michigan 48909

Books may also be purchased directly from: ICC International 4051 West Flossmoor Road Country Club Hills, Illinois 60478 Or by calling (800)786-4452, or on the web at www.iccsafe.org.

Permit Information and Forms

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)

Appeal Boards (PDF) Housing Inspections (PDF)
Building (PDF) Mechanical (PDF)
Electrical (PDF) Plumbing (PDF)
Grading/ Soil Erosion Permit Fees (PDF) Sign (PDF)
Fire Alarm (PDF) Special Fees (PDF)
Fire Suppression (PDF) Planning Services Fees (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.


Licensing Information

The City Clerk's Office is responsible for issuing many permits and licenses. Some of the forms included on this page can be completed and mailed with proper payment to the City Clerk's Office. Applications can also be made in person weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Auctioneer License (PDF)

Backyard Chicken Permit 2-bird (PDF)

Backyard Chicken Permit 6-bird (PDF)

Amendments to the original Backyard Chicken Ordinance and permit process were approved on February 6, 2015. The amendments include the elimination of the "adjacent neighbor consent" form and the creation of two permit types, a 2-bird and a 6-bird permit. The 2-bird permit is a 1-year permit ($20). No neighbor notification required. To qualify, applicants must have no previous citations issued under Chapter 107. The 6-bird permit is granted for 5 years ($55). Prior to issuance of the this permit, the City Clerk will provide a 21-day notification to all adjacent property owners and occupants. The amendments, and new permitting process, approved by City Council Ordinance No. 14-28 (Chapter 107 Animals), are effective Monday, April 6, 2015. Residents wishing to apply for one of the new permits should submit the appropriate permit application with proper payment to the City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Applications can also be made in person weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Banner Permit (PDF)

Block Party Permit (PDF)

Charitable Gaming License Application (Ann Arbor) (PDF)

Dog Licensing Information

Dog Park Information

Domestic Partnership Form (PDF)



Domestic Partnership Termination Form (PDF)

Gem and Precious Metal Dealer Application (PDF)

Going-out-of-business and Going-out-of-business Information (PDF)

Liquor License: On-Premise Application (PDF)

Liquor License: Redevelopment Application (PDF)

Marriage Licenses (via Washtenaw County, 734.222.6720)

Michigan Liquor Control Commission (i.e. link to Temporary Authorization Form(s))

Taxicabs

Temporary Exemption from Maximum Permissible Sound Levels (PDF)

Additional Information

The detailed municipality information displayed on this page is not a property of America's Building Records (ABR). This information is complied for your convenience from the municipality's official website. For the most up-to-date information please visit their official website.