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Customer Hours
The permit desk is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For confirmation of scheduled inspections, please use our online system e-TRAKiT, or city staff can answer questions after 8 a.m. by phone or in person. 

New Phone Numbers for City Offices
Most Community Services staff, including Planning & Development, now have new telephone numbers as part of the City's phone system conversion.  Please be sure to ask your regular contacts for their new phone numbers.  Your patience during the conversion is appreciated.  You may call 734.794.6000 then select Option 9 for a dial by name directory.

Fees -
The building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permit fees did not change this fiscal year.  Therefore, the fee schedule will be valid thru June 30, 2014..  Please be sure to refer to the new Fee Schedules to avoid delays in permit issuance. 

eTrakit Software
The Planning & Development Services Unit implemented a new development review and inspection services software called TRAKiT in May of 2008.  Benefits of the new system include:

Fees for Additional Inspections

Effective March 20, 2008 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.  Permits are good for 6 months from the date of issuance.

Previously, extra inspection fees that were incurred during your project were invoiced by the City to the permit holder after the permit was finaled.  This resulted in lengthy delays in closing out the permit.

The fee for all inspections added to an open Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing permit will continue to be assessed at $35.00 per inspection.  Payment is to be made to the City of Ann Arbor.

Any Expired Permits that have not had a final inspection will be charged the following fees: 

  • If you only need a final inspection to final out your expired permit, the fee is $35.00 and you must call the Building Department staff directly to schedule this permit as it will remain 'expired' as a status until you can final this work.  Staff can be reached after 8:00 a.m. at 734-794-6263.  Payment must be made and the appointment to schedule at the time payment is received.
  • If your permit does NOT pass inspection, you have one of two options.  You can take out a completely NEW permit for this work, or you can "Reactivate" your permit for $35.00 which renews your permit for an additional six months, and you must pay for any additional inspections at $35.00 each, including any inspections already used but not paid for.  The advantage of taking out an entirely new permit would benefit those contractors whose permit fees were originally less than the $35.00 reactivation fee.  Questions regarding reactivation and/or expired permits can be directed to the building staff at the number listed above.

Plan Review Fees

Applicants for building permits must pay the Plan Review Fee upon submittal of the building permit application.  Building permit fees are based on the cost of construction; plan review fees are 40 % of the Building Permit application.   

Unoccupied Building Notification

If you own a home in Ann Arbor that is currently vacant (or plan to be vacant in the near future), an Unoccupied Building Notification (PDF) form  must be completed and filed with the City of Ann Arbor according to Chapter 101, Section 8:382(10).  This Ordinance ensures that all vacant buildings are secured and not a hazard to the neighborhood.  Vacant monitoring fees are paid by the homeowner.

Orangeburg Piping

Determine if a property has Orangeburg Piping (PDF).

Please Note:  The Orangeburg list was created by the City of Ann Arbor Water Department and will not be updated.  Any new requests/permits relating to removal of Orangeburg piping and records of such may be a part of a previous permit with the Building Department and that information can be obtained by using our eTrakit system.

This page is maintained by Planning and Development Services/Building and is updated regularly.  If you experience technical difficulties or need to contact us for any reason, contact Planning and Development Services/Building at 734-794-6263 or by email at:


Updated 7/19/2013


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Contact Information
General Permit Manager
Lisha Turner-Tolbert
734.794.6267 x42669

Chief Development Official
Ralph Welton
734.794.6000 x42660

For scheduling and general permit questions, contact the Administrative Specialist staff at:
Construction Administrative Specialist: 734.794.6263
NOTE:  Due to high call volume and front counter activity, staff may not be available to answer calls during peak hours between 8-10 AM and    3-5 PM.  Please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.


Hours, Address and Fax for
Customer Service
To visit our office:
301 E. Huron Street
Larcom City Hall
First Floor
Ann Arbor MI 48104

To mail correspondence:
Planning & Development Services
PO BOX 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

Fax: 734.994.8460

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