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Building Permits

A building permit is your formal permission to begin construction or demolition.  It means that the municipality of Davison Township has reviewed the plans for any new structure, addition or renovation.  Plans must comply with the State of Michigan Building Code, local zoning laws and other applicable laws and regulations. 

Building permits regulate the type of construction allowed in the community and help to ensure building standards are met.  The building permit process protects each home owner's interests, as well as those of the community and helps to ensure that any structural change is safe, legal and sound.

By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of Building Department staff.  Inspectors are good sources of information and can offer suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they occur.

In many cases your designer or contractor will get permits on your behalf.  However, it is the building owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements.

WHEN DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?
You must obtain a building permit before you do any of the following:

  • Construct a new building
  • Renovate, repair or add to a building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building
  • Change a building's use
  • Install, change or remove partitions and load-bearing walls
  • Make new openings for or change the size of doors and windows
  • Build a garage, balcony or deck or enclose an existing deck
  • Build a utility shed over 200 square feet
  • Excavate a basement or construct a foundation
  • Install or modify any life safety or fire suppression system such as fire alarms, sprinkler or standpipe or fixed extinguishing systems
  • Install kitchen or bathroom cabinets with plumbing
  • Reconstruct a chimney
  • Build a roofless deck over two feet above grade
  • To finish a basement or convert a room to a bedroom
  • To install a pool or hot tub
  • Erect signage

You do not need a building permit to:

  • replace existing, same-size doors and windows, subject to distance from property lines
  • install siding on small residential buildings, subject to distance from property lines
  • build a utility shed under 200 square feet
  • re-shingle a roof, provided there is no structural work
  • install eaves troughs, provided that drainage is contained on your property
  • damp-proof basements
  • paint or decorate
  • reinstall/replace kitchen or bathroom cupboards without plumbing
  • erect a fence (except swimming pools and outside hot tubs require permits)

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT GET A PERMIT?
It is unlawful to start construction without the necessary permits.  If you start construction without the necessary permits, you may be ordered to stop work, ordered to remove work already done, or prosecuted.  Contact the Building Department if you are not sure whether you need a permit for your project.

WHAT DOES THE BUILDING INSPECTOR DO?
A building inspector reviews projects during key stages of construction to ensure work complies with the Building Code and the plans originally submitted for review.  The inspector may visit a site several times depending on the project.  They must be able to see the work that requires inspection.  An inspector requires a minimum of 24 hours notice to book an inspection.

For your convenience a state Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical permit application can be printed or filed online by clicking on the links provided. These permits must be filed with the State of Michigan prior to final inspections, approvals and  occupancy permits being issued by Township Building Inspectors.

Phone number for inspectors are as follows:

Electrical........810-247-9558....Inspector: Rick

Plumbing.......517-281-1108....Inspector: Allon

Mechanical.....989-590-8169.....Inspector: Gary