The City of Ann Arbor Construction and Building Department is responsible for maintaining and tracking permits issued for all new construction, alterations, additions, repairs, and demolitions, along with inspecting all building projects to assure compliance with the Michigan Residential Building Code.
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.
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, email@example.com
Rental Housing Services 734-794-6264 ext. 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Department 734-794-6265, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Chris MacFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued permits will be posted on eTrakit at www.a2gov.org/permits.
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 Permit 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 email@example.com. 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.
Building permit plan review statuses:
We have updated our status reporting methods to help you understand where your plans are in the review process. Please review the following building permit statuses and their description:
"UNDER REVIEW": Plans have been received by the building department and are being reviewed. We appreciate your patience as we ensure all building codes are met.
"REVIEWED": Plans are in house and ready to be scanned, but are NOT ready for pickup. We will contact you once they are ready for pickup.
"APPROVED": Plans have been reviewed and are ready for pickup. You will receive a call or email once the permit reaches this status.
"ISSUED": A permit will only be issued once all fees have been paid and plans are picked up from the Building Department. No work may commence before the permit has this status.