Building, Rental and Inspection Services

Building, Rental and Inspection Services

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​​​​​The Planning and Development Services Unit is one of four service units in the Community Services Area.  Its staff of 33 inspectors, planners and support specialists provide the following services

  • ​Appeal​ Boards​: Support to Building, Housing, Zoning Boards
  • Construction and Building: Construction plan review, permits, inspections, code enforcement
  • Development Review: ​​Site plan review, citizen participation, support to Design Review Board​
  • Historic Preservation: Support to Historic District Commission, permits, code enforcement
  • ​Planning: Support to Planning Commission, master planning, planning initiatives, neighborhood registration
  • Rental Housing: Residential rental housing inspections, code enforcement
  • Zoning: ​Zoning permits, reports, code enforcement, zoning maps


Important COVID-19 Update:

(3/31/20): In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in lieu of Governor Whitmer's “Stay Home, Stay Safe" order issued on March 23rd, the City of Ann of Ann Arbor's Building Department has made several changes to operation. ​For the health and safety of our community, we encourage everyone to follow the Governor's executive order. Please read the following information carefully and note it is currently effective through 4/13/2020.​  Thank you for your patience and flexibility.  Stay safe and be well. 

Questions and/or concerns about the State’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus shall​ be directed to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline​ at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.


NOTICE: Larcom City Hall (located at 301 E. Huron) will be closed to the public through April 13 or until further notice. Inspectors and administrative staff will not be present in City Hall during this time, but will still be conducting business remotely to the greatest extent possible.​​

Cont​act Us

The Planning & Development, Building, and Rental Departments can be reached via phone or email. ​Phone calls will be routed to our voicemail inbox which will be routinely checked by staff, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  

We will respond to voicemails and emails received within 24-48 hours.​


Building Department 734-794-6263 ext. 0,

Rental Housing Services 734-794-6264 ext. 1,

Planning Department 734-794-6265,

Submitting Permit Applications

At this time, the only option for submitting permit applications is digitally ​via email. There currently is no permit drop-box option and any permit applications mailed or faxed to our office will not be processed until our office re-opens (tentatively on 4/13/2020).  Please send all applications and questions to

If you need to submit plans for review, they too, should be emailed (up to 150MB per email) with your application.  All expedited plan review has been suspended until further notice.​​

For questions regarding plan review, please contact Mike Lemieux at or Chris MacFarland at

Issued permits will be posted on eTrakit at


No physical payments (cash, checks, cards) are being accepted at City Hall at this time. Please DO NOT include payment information with your permit applications.  Permit fees and plan review fees will be invoiced via post mail and may be paid online (with a convenience fee) or by check mailed to our third party payment processing center addressed to: Dept #77621, City of Ann Arbor Treasurer, PO Box 77000, Detroit, MI 48277-0621.

Approved P​​ermit Pick-Up​

Approved building permits and associated permit drawings will be emailed to applicants digitally until City Hall re-opens.  Trade permits will be posted on eTrakit.  Please feel free to call or email us with questions regarding this process.


Inspections through 4/13/2020 have been reduced to critical need only. We are encouraging video conferencing and affidavits for all inspections. 

Construction inspections should be scheduled online through eTRAKiT or by emailing us ​at   Please include a permit number, address, name of contractor, contact phone number and type of inspection requested when emailing inspection requests.  ​

Please coordinate directly with your inspector via phone or email to determine results.

Thank you and stay safe.​

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Last updated 3/31/2020

Construction and Building
301 E. Huron St.
Larcom City Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Building Official
Glen A. Dempsey
734.794.6000 ext. 42660

Deputy Building Official
Mike Lemieux
734.794.6000 ext. 42674 

Deputy Building Official
Marc Howell
734.794.6000, ext. 42604 ​

Building and Rental Services Manager
Lisha Turner-Tolbert
734.794.6000 x42669

Construction Administrative Specialist: 734.794.6263​

For a dial by name directory call ​734.794.6000 then select Option 9