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- What should I do with my copy of my permit and building plans when the City gives me an approved copy back?
Your permit must be posted on-site and the plans available to the inspectors for all inspections.
- Does my building permit also include the electrical and plumbing and heating permit?
No. Each trade permit must be pulled separately.
- Why do I have to post a bond and when will I get it back?
A building bond and/or a road preservation bond may be required depending on the type of work being permitted. The bond will be returned after a final inspection is approved.
- As a homeowner can I pull my own building or trade permits?
Yes. You will be required to fill out a Homeowner's Affidavit stating that you will personally be doing the work and be responsible for the work. All work must conform to code and you will be held personally liable. If a State of Michigan licensed Builder or Maintenance/Alteration Contractor is hired by the homeowner to supervise the work, then we strongly recommend the permit be issued to the licensed builder.
- Will the City recommend a good building, plumbing, electrical or mechanical company?
The City will not recommend any company, however you may look at our records of licensed contractors that do work in the City.
- What do I have to pull a building permit for?
Before beginning your home improvement or construction project, contact the Building Division at 248-530-1409 for information concerning permits. Permits are required for many types of jobs, including, but not limited to, the following:
- New residential and commercial building construction
- Additions, alterations, or modifications to existing buildings
- Air conditioning units
- Pool equipment
- Play structures
- Satellite dishes or communications towers
- Retaining and screening walls
- Chimney repair
- Siding and gutter replacement
- Window and door replacement
- Driveway gates
- Residential and commercial demolition
If there is any question as to whether a permit is needed for any work, call the Building Official.
- Does the installation of a fence require a permit?
Yes, a Fence Permit is required.
- Why do I need a plot plan to install an A/C unit or generator?
Air conditioner condensers are considered accessory structures, and accessory structures are not permitted in the required side yard. If you have a question regarding the placement of an air conditioner or generator, please contact the Building Official at 248-530-1408.
- Does the City limit where my home may be placed on my lot?
The Zoning Ordinance regulates the size of lots as well as the placement of a residence on a lot. Typically, these restrictions regarding placement are referred to as setbacks, which means the distance a structure must be placed or setback from the lot line.
Anyone contemplating building a new house or addition should contact the Building Department to discuss, ordinance requirements may be different today than when your home was constructed.
- Is it necessary to meet with the scheduled Inspector for an inspection?
Yes, an individual responsible for the work performed must be present for the inspection.
- How do I request a building inspection?
Inspections can be requested through BS&A Online. Inspection requests can also be emailed to the Building Department.
- May I request a specific time of day for a building inspection?
Time requests for building inspections are limited to 2-hour ranges; however, depending on the amount and type of inspection, time requests may not be honored. Please keep in mind that certain inspections may take longer, or other problems may arise, that will create delays in the schedule. If the situation dictates, please call the building department and discuss the situation with the inspector for time arrangements.
- Are inspectors available to help me if I have any questions about building in Bloomfield Hills?
Building code interpretation or code-related questions shall be addressed by the Building Official during regular office hours. Trade Inspectors are available by requesting a telephone conference through this office. For more information, call the Building Official at 248-530-1408.
- What information is required when calling in an inspection?
Please provide the permit number, type of inspection, property address, and the name and number of the individual scheduling the inspection.