CITY OF BROWN CITY

Application For Building Permit And Plan Examination
Building Permit Form

WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT NEEDED?

Section 105 of the Michigan Residential Code: "Anyone who intends to construct, enlarge, altar, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure or to do like work to any electrical, plumbing or mechanical equipment shall first apply the building official and obtain the required permit."

Most projects require going to City Hall and completing the necessary forms. Some projects require the additional step of going to the Department of Construction and Land Use in Sandusky. Permits ensure that a certified inspector inspects the construction project or installation. Inspections help make sure work is done safely and to code. When a county inspector approves work, you can ask questions from an expert and know that the work has been checked for safety violations. This is of particular value to the doit- yourselfer who doesn't make installations every day. Incorrect installations can result in house fires, flood damage, and/or structural problems.

Getting a permit can save you money! Inspections help ensure that work meets the building code. Inspections not only reveal minor problems that could lead to costly repairs, but also liability and life-safety concerns like structural weaknesses, dangerous wiring, or defective plumbing.

Insurance companies may not cover construction work that is not permitted and inspected. For example, if your un-permitted deck collapses, you may be liable for injuries or out thousands of dollars for repairs.

When making home improvements, protect the safety and value of your home and family by getting the necessary permits from the local zoning administrator and securing a land use permit before a building permit can be issued.

  1. Obtain an Application For Building Permit And Plan Examination Building Permit Form, complete the forms (using the appropriate instructions below) and return to City Hall with any necessary site or building plans. Applications must be received by noon on the Thursday before a Planning Commission or City Council meeting in order to be on the agenda. The Building and Grounds Committee of the City Council will inspect the site prior to the City Council meeting and make a recommendation to approve or deny to the City Council.
  2. Site must be "staked" prior to Committee inspection.
  3. Once approved by the City Council, the City Manager signs the application. The completed application can be picked up the day after Council meets, and if required, the application must be taken to Sandusky, to pay for and receive a building permit.
  4. City or County permit must be prominently displayed on the proposed site.

AN APPLICATION IS REQUIRED BY THE CITY, BUT COUNTY PERMITS ARE NOT NEEDED WHEN Residential Repair Instructions OR Residential Modification Instructions:

  1. A one-story detached accessory structure used for storage only, with a floor area not over 200 square feet.
  2. A driveway or sidewalk if it isn't more than 30" above the adjacent grade or over a basement or story below.
  3. A fence that is not more than 6 feet high (if over 6 feet high or has concrete footings, than a permit is required from the county), quot;the good side must face theneighbor’s property."
  4. Residing a house.
  5. Re-shingle a house (if no structural repairs are done at the same time).
  6. Replacement: windows (if the same size).

NO APPLICATION OR PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR:

Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion permits for earth change of one (1) acre or more or any change if within 500 feet of a lake, river or stream are required. A plot plan showing the project, land slope, distance to lot lines and water is required. All temporary and permanent erosion and sediment control measures must be on the plan. Please allow a minimum of fourteen (14) days from time of application for a permit, until approval to start the project.

ALL COMMERCIAL BUILDING CHANGES OR NEWCONSTRUCTION Commercial New Construction Instructions OR Commercial Repair or Modification Instructions, AND RESIDENTIAL NEWCONSTRUCTION AND CERTAIN OTHER BUILDING CHANGES Residential New Construction Instructions OR Residential Modification Instructions MUST BE REVIEWED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION PRIOR TO SUBMISSION TO THE CITY COUNCIL. THE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH.

IF THE APPLICATION IS NOT IN CITY HALL BY NOON ON THE THURSDAY PRECEEDING THE COUNCIL MEETING, THEN IT WILL NOT BE REVIEWED UNTIL THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING.

A FEE OF $250.00 MAY BE CHARGED IF A PROJECT IS STARTED WITHOUT A PERMIT POSTED ON SITE. CONTINUING WORK MAY RESULT IN ADDITIONAL FINES.

See also: Setback Requirements