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Building / Planning

Our Building Department’s principal function is to administer the City’s development laws and policies. The Building Department is composed of:

  • Building
  • Code Enforcement
  • Planning

Our staff works with residents and businesses on building expansions and improvements. We also work hard to change policies and laws so that new developments will be more desirable and easier to accomplish.

We work with a number of appointed boards, comprised of residents, such as the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. We are here to help you through the City approval process.

Meet Your City Planner

Amy Vansen, AICP
City Planner

Amy Vansen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. After leaving New York City, Ms. Vansen worked for a county planning agency outside of Chicago. She then returned to the Detroit area and worked for a planning consultant before joining the City of Berkley in 1999. Ms. Vansen works for the Building and Planning Department part-time.