Types of Permits
There are two main permit tracks at the City: Over the counter permits and those that are routed for Plan Review.
Over the Counter Permits
Over the Counter permits are issued at the Development Services Group (DSG) permit counter or online at MyBuildingPermit.com.
Minor Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing or Residential re-roof permits for Single Family are issued over the counter at the DSG permit counter Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (except for Weds, when the counter opens at 10:00am).
- Minor Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing permits: Minor work includes most mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work associated with a single family residence. For multi-family and commercial projects these permits are limited to minor projects that include but are not limited to repairing and replacing electrical appliances, adding receptacles, adding water heaters, and replacing furnaces.
- Residential Re-roof permits for Single Family: Limited to roofing replacements, but only required if roofing material is changing, or if new plywood is necessary.
Over the Counter Permits with Over the Counter Plan Review (OTC)
Simple Building permits and Residential Rooftop Solar permits are issued over the counter only on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the DSG permit counter. PLEASE NOTE: Effective March 27, 2017 Over the Counter Plan review will only be on Mondays and Wednesdays (no Fridays) beginning at 10:00 am. You must sign in prior to 10:15 am. This change is to offer customers a more consistent time for OTC review. These permits will require several minutes of brief, in-person review at the counter. For more information regarding OTC review click here (updated March 2017).
- Residential Rooftop Solar: Proposed installations must comply with latest tip sheet guidelines. Click here to learn more about solar permits.
- Simple Building permits: "Simple" building permits include decks, interior alterations, new window installations, and similar projects that require less than 1/2 hour of plan review.
Building Permits routed for Plan Review
All other building permits are routed for plan review by City staff. Applications for building permits can be made online via our electronic plan review process MIePlan.
Click here for more information regarding Plan Review.
Single family routed permits are issued as Combination Permits which include Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical permits.