The City of Grand Ledge Building Department is serviced through a multi-jurisdictional partnership with Dewitt Township. Permits can be applied to at Grand Ledge City Hall any time Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. We offer many online options for permitting and payment.
Click here to view the 2023 Annual Building Department report.
Please note: Online credit card payments are not posted until 9 AM the following morning. The amount due may still appear on the account until payments post.
Designated Inspection Line
Only applicants are permitted to request inspections. For building and trades inspections, please call the designated inspection line at 517-277-0700.
- Building: M-F (Variable Times)
- Electrical: M-Th (Morning Only)
- Mechanical: M-F (Variable Times)
- Plumb: M-F (Variable Times)
Please note: All water-sewer line inspections (3' out from the house to the curb) should be scheduled by calling Grand Ledge Public Services Department at 517-627-2144.
The City of Grand Ledge enforces the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical codes of the State of Michigan. The following are the current codes in effect in the City:
- International Fire Code (2015)
- International Property Maintenance Code (2015)
- Michigan Building Code (2015)
- Michigan Mechanical Code (2015)
- Michigan Plumbing Code (2015)
- Michigan Residential Code (2015)
- Michigan Energy Code (2015)
- Michigan Rehabilitation Code (2015)
- Michigan Electrical Codes Rules Part 8 (Including National Electrical Code 2014)
Note: Public Acts 54, 192, 217, 290, and 733 have been replaced by Public Act 407.
The City of Grand Ledge Ordinance #605 establishes the use of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) to regulate and require the safety of buildings, structures, and properties in the City of Grand Ledge and the properties subject to the jurisdiction and control of the City.
The IPMC is administered by the city code official and deputy code official. Any property found in violation of the IPMC will be issued a notice of violation. Failure to comply with a notice of violation will result in a municipal civil infraction or district court citation and shall be subject to a civil fine as follows:
- $100.00 initial violation
- $200.00 first repeat violation
- $350.00 second repeat violation
- $500.00 third (or any subsequent) repeat violation
Each day that a violation continues beyond the time specified for compliance shall be deemed to be a separate offense.
Section 111 of the IPMC allows any person aggrieved by a decision of the code official, or a notice or order issued under The Code, the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals. The Board must meet within 20 days of the submission of an appeal. Hearings are held in the Council Chambers at Grand Ledge City Hall. File an Appeal here.
Submitting Permit Applications
You can submit your application in a few different ways:
- Email your permit application to the Building Department.
- APPLY ONLINE: Trades permits and simple reroof/window/siding building permits are accepted online through the BSA permitting system. Please email us to get your PIN to register.
- Mail your permit application and/or payment to:
310 Greenwood Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
- Applications and/or payment can be dropped off at the City Hall front desk, near the north entrance of the building. If dropping off an application after hours, please use the drop box at the north entrance of the building.
View the most recent fee schedule (PDF).
The most recent square foot data from the first interval of the previous year provided by the ICC shall be used in determining the minimum building value for permitting.
Applications & Forms
The following permit applications may be filled out online but must be delivered or mailed to the Building Department:
- Building Permit Application (PDF)
- If you are a homeowner pulling the building permit, you must submit the Homeowner Permit Policy (PDF) form as well.
- Electrical Permit Application (PDF) - Click here for the Fillable PDF
- Mechanical Commercial Permit Application (PDF) - Click here for the Fillable PDF
- Mechanical Residential Permit Application (PDF) - Click here for the Fillable PDF
- Plumbing Permit Application (PDF) - Click here for the Fillable PDF
- Pole Barn Specification Worksheet (PDF) - To be completed for pole structures
- Project Specifications Worksheet (PDF) - To be completed for renovations or new builds
- Residential Deck Specification Worksheet (PDF) - To be completed for decks/porches
- Water/Sewer Service Line Permit Application (PDF)
Note Regarding Surface Water Management
With rain and snow, some residential and other properties become inundated with water. While the City remains sympathetic to these challenging situations, the City is not legally responsible for water flow from adjoining private property owners. Under Michigan law, a municipality is not obligated to construct drainage infrastructure to confine naturally flowing surface water.
It is unlawful, however, for a property owner to interfere with the natural flow of water in a manner that causes an artificial diversion, blockage, or concentration onto another property. If you have reason to believe the burden on your property has been increased by such artificial interference, please know that this is a private legal matter for resolution between property owners and their insurers, not an area of liability for the City and its taxpaying residents.
- Do I need a permit to finish my basement?
- Do I need a permit to reroof my home or business?
- Do I need a permit for my accessory building?
- Do I need a permit to replace windows, doors, or siding?
- Do I need a permit for a deck that is not attached to my home?
- Do I need a permit for interior remodeling?
- How do I get my power turned back on after it has been off for a period of time?
- Do I need to be home during an inspection?
- What are building permit fees based on?
- Can I pull homeowner or business owner permits?
- Do I need a permit for a pool?
- How long will it take to get my permit?
- Can you help me with hiring a good contractor?
- What types of projects require a permit (ie. Building and all Trades)?