Submitting a Permit
Permit applications, plans, and all supporting documents may be submitted in one of the following ways:
- Email the application package to email@example.com
- Traditional mail to City Hall
- Use the secure dropbox at City Hall's main entrance
All inspectors will continue site inspections on their scheduled dates.
Inspector’s schedules are as follows:
Building – Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Electrical – Monday and Wednesday 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Mechanical – Monday and Wednesday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Plumbing – Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
All inspection requests must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the best method to ensure your inspection has been scheduled.
All inspections must be emailed by 3:00 pm to be included on the following day's inspection schedule.
When you submit your inspection request, please be sure to include the following:
- Permit number
- Address of job
- The day and or timeframe (if requesting Wednesday electrical or plumbing inspections) you are requesting
- The type of inspection to be performed (rough/final, etc.)
- Name and phone number for contact person on-site
- Lockbox code, if applicable
Importance of Permits
A building permit is an official approval to proceed with a construction project and the intent is to ensure that the project plans to comply with local standards for land use, zoning, and construction. These standards ensure the safety of current and future building owners and occupants and enforcement of zoning and land-use policies. Specific issues that the building permit process may address include structural integrity, zoning, sanitation, water and sewer lines, fire resistance, and electrical service.
City of Berkley inspectors and clerks review permit applications and plans to ensure compliance with the City building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes. Inspections are done to ensure that the plans and codes are followed. This protects residents and property values.
Permits or zoning certificates are required for most types of work. Please call the Building Department if you aren’t sure if a permit is required. If a contractor will be doing the work, it is his responsibility to apply for the permit. State law actually requires a contractor to pull a permit for work he is doing.
While permits are required for many types of projects, we offer the most frequently issued ones listed below for your convenience. Click on the permit category for more information. The required application is also provided.
- State of Michigan Smoke Alarm Laws
- Road Closure Guidelines
- Shoring Options For Residential Properties
Types of Permits