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COVID-19 Updates

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(5/28/20): In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in lieu of Governor Whitmer's “Stay Home, Stay Safe" order​ extended on 5/​​22/20, 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 Gov​ernor's executive order. Please read the following information carefully and note it is currently effective through 6/14/2020.​  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.

Please also refer FAQ​ for more information on the order.

NOTICE: Larcom City Hall (located at 301 E. Huron) will be closed to the public until 6/15/20​ 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, 8 a.m.-5p.m. 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,

The City of Ann Arbor is providing updates on operations involving construction plan review, permits and inspections amid the State of Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order (updated 5/22/2020)

​Plan review and permit submission:

  • In accordance with the state executive order, permit applications and plans for review will continue with digital submission via email (up to 150MB) using the email address.
  • At this time, expedited plan reviews have been suspended until further notice. The city will actively assess the demand for this service and, when the state stay-home executive order is lifted, will determine when conditions will allow for expedited reviews to resume.
  • Issued permits and approved plans will be posted online for public access via eTRAKiT at
  • Invoices can be paid online . (Click the “pay for" pull-down menu, then click “invoices." A service fee will apply). When prompted for a password, please enter your ZIP Code as it appears on the invoice. Payment may also be submitted via mail to the city's third party payment processing center: Dept #77621, City of Ann Arbor Treasurer, PO Box 77000, Detroit, MI 48277-0621.
  • Questions regarding plan review can be directed to Deputy Building Official Mike Lemieux at or Development Services Inspector Chris MacFarland at


  • Onsite inspections for building and trades have continued (as of Monday, May 11). Inspections should be requested online through eTRAKiT​. Inspectors will continue regular communications with the public to discuss their inspection needs and verify timing. 
  • Inspections for rental properties will resume after the statewide stay-home order has been lifted.
  • As a regular protocol for both building and rental inspections, the city will screen all inspectors daily for COVID-19 symptoms, inspectors will be equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment, and each inspection will be performed adhering to the 6-foot distancing requirement. 
  • Alternate means of inspections will remain an option as determined and agreed upon between project leaders and inspectors.  

​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 6/15/2020).  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 6/12​/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 ph​one or email to determine results.

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and strong during these trying times.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, SAVE LIVES

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