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Permits, Projects and Licenses

Online Permits/Projects

Access online permits/projects to find up-to-date property record information including:

  • Building and trade permits (electrical, mechanical & plumbing)
  • Inspection results and scheduling
  • Rental property information
  • Site plan, annexations, zoning and other planning project information
  • Civil engineering plans 

Click here to view the online permits/projects FAQ.

Staff services

  • answer inquiries
  • maintain records
  • issue construction permits
  • issue licenses for and registers contractors
  • issue licenses for peddlers
  • coordinate Art Fair
  • schedule inspections for Construction, Housing and Ordinance Enforcement.

*Banner, Block Party and Temporary Exemption from Maximum Permissible Sound Levels Permits are handled by the City Clerk's office.  Please contact them at (734) 794-6140 for additional information and procedures.


Planning & Development Services maintains records on permitted activity in the City, including licenses, permits, blueprints, plans, and other construction documents.  Archival information is retained digitally and on microfilm and is available for review during regular business hours. Copies are available for $0.25  per page.  Zoning and floodplain maps are also available for review (but not for purchase).  Contact the county website for GIS and Map Information through their website at:

Although available information varies widely, records are not generally as complete prior to 1963.  If you're looking for original blueprints for your business or home, call us at 734-794-6263, then press "O" to reach assistance.  For historic district information, consult the Historic Preservation Coordinator, Jill Thacher - (734) 794-6000 x42608.

Permits and Licenses and Fees

The Permit Desk issues permits primarily related to construction activity as well as various other activities (see below).  In addition, this desk conducts exams and issues licensing for sewer installers,

Construction permits are obtained by submitting an appropriate application form together with two sets of drawings of the proposed work.  Applications are reviewed for compliance with code and safety requirements.  ALL "Commercial" applications that require drawings and plan review must be accompanied by two sets of plans, sealed by an Architect or an Engineer.

Inspection Scheduling and Results

Since 2008, the Planning & Development Services Unit implemented a new development review and inspection services software called TRAKiT.  Benefits of the new system include:

  • 24/7 access to inspection results, look up permits online, check registration with the City, or schedule inspections at
  • Streamlined permitting process 

 Revised 8/22/13


Permit Desk:

301 East Huron St.

1st Floor - City Hall 

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

Fax: 734.994.8460

Contact Information

General Information: 734.794.6267

Construction: 734.794.6263

Rental Housing: 734.794.6264

Planning: 734.794-6265

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