Building Permits!

GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS


Tecumseh Township Building Inspector:
Kevin Arquette
5525 Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh MI 49286
Office phone 517-423-3162 ext. 110
Cell phone 517-673-0004

Email: Building Inspector

BUILDING AND ZONING APPLICATIONS

You can save the Building and Zoning Application to your hard drive and then open it and print it. You can also open this file and print it. Please follow the instructions and mail it to Kevin Arquette, 5525 Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh MI 49286

To adequately review and approve your application for Zoning Ordinance and Building Code compliance, you must provide certain documentation. Failure to submit legible, accurate and complete documentation will result in denial of permit.

All applications will be reviewed for compliance with Public Act 230, of 1972, As Amended, printed July 1990, which incorporates Parts 1, 2, 3,and 4, to the 1996 BOCA National Building Code.

HOMEOWNER PERMITS:

Homeowners who plan to perform their own work may obtain a homeowners permit however, additional rules and regulations are set forth in Michigan State Construction Code Act 230 of 1972 As Amended Section 23a.

CONTRACTOR PERMITS:

Contractors must be licensed in accordance with Public Act 299 of 1980 and apply for permit for all activity being performed on residential structures. All structures other than residential require a permit however; a license may not be required. A copy of your license is required. A certificate of liability insurance is to be submitted also.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS


HEALTH PERMIT:

Well and septic) Before applying for a building permit for a new home, a copy of the well septic permit needs to be submitted with the building application. Also be aware that a certificate of occupancy cannot be issued until you receive the final approval certificate from the Lenawee County Health Department (LCHD). LCHD is located at 1040 S. Winter suite 2328 Adrian, Michigan 49221-3871. Their phone number is 517-264-5202. They are not open between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

CULVERT PERMIT:

All new construction requires a culvert permit issued by the road commission. A copy of the permit needs to be submitted with the building permit application. The Lenawee County Road Commission 2461 Treat Hwy. Adrian, Michigan 49221-4009. Their phone number is 517-265-6971

SOIL EROSION:

Some new construction will require a soil erosion permit, if disturbing one (1) acre or more or within 500 feet of a lake, stream, or river. The Lenawee County Drain Commissioner issue permit the address is 425 N. Main St. Adrian, Michigan 49221. The phone number is 517-264-4696.

PROOF OF OWNERSHIP:

A copy of the warranty deed indicating ownership of applicant. If property has a Land Contract a notarized letter from the Contract Holder indicating that improvements are allowed to property.

BUILDING PLANS:

Three (3) sets of plans to scale with adequate detail are needed for review, after approval, one set will be returned to you and must be on site during all inspections. Plans are required for the following: New homes, modular homes (with a certificate of acceptability), manufactured homes, garages, additions, pole barns, decks and porches, pools above and in ground and any other improvement that requires moving of existing walls enlarging of any opening or moving of any equipment.

SITE PLAN:

The site plan must be an accurate representation of the actual dimensions of the site. Included in the site plan are actual sizes of site being developed, property number, address, all streets and easements, rivers, county drains, creeks and streams, the location of all existing buildings and proposed buildings. "If the construction is taking place on a private road or private drive this information must be clearly indicated on the site plan."

PERMIT FEES REQUIRED INSPECTIONS:

Permit fees are based on the number of inspections and fees for the most common projects are listed below.

All building permits issued are considered active however; construction must be actively in progress. To be considered active, a progress inspection must be performed at the minimum of every 6 (six) months.

New Home

$452.00 for zoning and structural plan review, plus the following required inspections: footer (after being formed up), backfill (after damp-proofing is applied and form tie holes are sealed), interior slab (after 4" of pea stone is installed and vapor barrier), rough (after all other trades are done), insulation (after insulation is installed), final (after all trades have been approved), Certificate of Occupancy (issued after final inspection is completed) If there is going to be a deck (post hole inspection), attached garage (interior slab for vapor barrier), and brick veneer (masonry flashing) add $44.00 per inspection.

Modular Home

$320.00 for zoning and structural plan review, plus the following required inspections: footer (after being formed up), backfill (after damp-proofing is applied and form tie holes are sealed), interior slab (after 4" of pea stone is installed and vapor barrier), final (after all trades have been approved), Certificate of Occupancy (issued after final inspection is completed) If there is going to be a deck (post hole inspection), attached garage (interior slab for vapor barrier), and brick veneer (masonry flashing) add $44.00 per inspection.

Additions

$300.00 for zoning and structural plan review, plus the following required inspections: footer (after being formed up), backfill (after damp-proofing is applied and form tie holes are sealed), rough (after all other trades are done), insulation (after insulation is installed), final (after all trades have been approved), Certificate of Occupancy (issued after final inspection is completed) If there is going to be a basement interior slab (after 4" of pea stone is installed and vapor barrier), deck (post hole inspection), attached garage (interior slab for vapor barrier), and brick veneer (masonry flashing) add $44.00 per inspection.

Alterations to Homes and garages

$175.00 for zoning and structural plan review, plus the following required inspections: rough (after all other trades are done), final (after all trades have been approved).

Fence

$40.00 for zoning review. Property owner is responsible for making sure the fence is located on their property.

Pools In-Ground, Above Ground

Above ground fee $90.00, in ground fee $135.00.

All new construction requires a Certificate of Occupancy before the structure can be occupied.

INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERICAL

Submit a check for $100.00 to cover initial plan review. Inspection fees will be calculated and forwarded to the applicant for payment. If a project is to be in phases then the plans shall show each phase.

FAILED INSPECTIONS:

Re-inspections fee shall be paid prior to scheduling another inspection.

ADDITONAL BUILDING AND ZONING INFORMATION

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Masonry Details 1 English  |  Masonry Details 2 English  |  Masonry Details 3 English  |  Masonry Details 4 English

Masonry Details 1 Spanish  |  Masonry Details 2 Spanish  |  Masonry Details 3 Spanish  |  Masonry Details 4 Spanish

Radon 1 English  |  Radon 2 English  |  Radon 3 English  |  Radon Requirements For New Construction  |  

Handrails  |  Pool Requirements  |  Deck Requirements  |  Garages or Sheds  |  Permit Application Requirements

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CONDITIONS FOR INSPECTIONS

THE PERMIT HOLDER, CALLS FOR INSPECTIONS. THE PERMIT NUMBER IS REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION. When scheduling an inspection please call 517-673-0004 Please allow 24 to 48 hours for the inspection to take place, do not proceed without inspection approval.

All properties where an active building permit is in effect are subject to inspection by the inspectors. All animals shall be under the control of the property owner at all times. Failure to do so will result in a re-inspection fee and rescheduling of inspection.

The contractor or his agent named on the permit may accompany the inspector during the inspection.

Gravel or hard surface drive, and an address visible from the road are required for all inspections. No work is to begin without a Building Permit issued.

ADDITIONAL PHONE NUMBERS:
  • Miss Dig 1-800-482-7171
  • Consumers Power 1-800-477-5050
  • Detroit Edison 1-800-477-4747
  • Michigan Gas Utilities/ Energyone 1-800-735-4427
  • Telephone Service: General Telephone 1-800-232-2455
  • Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing 1-517-423-3162 X 1010
  • Tecumseh Township Assessor: Tim Vorhees 1-517-263-8694

Building Information:

The most often asked question is "When do I need a permit?" The State Of Michigan Building Codes state the following:

R105.1 Required: Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done must obtain the required permit(s).

Under the various codes (including Township ordinances) certain types of work have been exempted from requiring permits. Under most of the codes a permit is not required for normal maintenance and repair work unless there are code considerations (i.e. light and ventilation for rooms, replacing a furnace or water heater, changing water and sewer lines, or adding a plug or switch to an existing circuit). Example of when a permit is needed: "any window replacement whether it be one (1) window or more, a building permit is required prior to work commencing."

Also, any accessory structure less than 120 square feet or less (in residential area) or 150 square feet or less (in an industrial/commercial area) used as a tool or storage shed is exempt from needing a building permit. But a zoning compliance permit is needed to make sure that the zoning regulations are complied with. Driveways (except those in the right-of-way) and do not have a retaining wall over 30 inches is exempt. If you are not sure if you need a permit, give the Inspector a call at 517-423-3162 ext. 110, cell phone 517-673-0004. You can email the Building Inspector at email building inspector and I will get with back with you as soon as possible.

What you should know when looking for or hiring a contractor:

As spring approaches and you're deciding now is the time to start a new addition, garage, pool, or new home - remember; hiring a contractor is like buying a car. You want to know what you're getting for the money you're spending and who will be responsible for what.

The first question to ask is "Are you licensed" and then "Are you insured". Any contractor working on a residential building is required by the State of Michigan to be licensed. Each trade has its own licensing requirements, so be aware that a residential builder cannot perform plumbing, heating, or electrical work and vice-a-versa. When hiring a licensed contractor, the homeowner is covered under the Michigan Lien Fund. This means that after paying the contractor, should he/she fail to pay their help or suppliers, the fund will pay the amounts due, if a lien is placed on the property. Also, when presented with a proposal/estimate, make sure the key points discussed with the contractor are in the document, i.e. if a certain style or brand of cabinet, fixture, trim, or paint is specified, make sure it is stated in the proposal. While discussing the project, do not forget the exterior of the building. Determine who is responsible for cleaning up debris during the construction process or restoration of the property after the machinery leaves the job. The more detailed the proposal/estimate is, the less chance there will be a misunderstanding. Under the State Construction Code, the contractor is responsible for taking care of your complaints or problems (within reason) for 18 months after approval of the final inspection. Should a problem occur and the contractor is not taking care of it in a timely manner, let us know. We can help. One last bit of advice, always ask for references.