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Operating under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order, effective midnight March 24, the Charter Township of Shelby closed Township Hall and all associated buildings until April 13. Residents may still call any township department to leave a voicemail message. Appropriate personnel will return calls as soon as possible. Residents can also email township staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions.
Visit shelbytwp.org/local_government for a department directory. Information is also regularly updated at shelbytwp.org/covid-19.
The Shelby Township Building Department works to obtain compliance with national, state, and local construction codes through the process of permit issuance, plan review, and onsite inspections of work performed.
The Building Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the State of Michigan Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes. In addition, the Building Department administers and enforces ordinance provisions pertaining to fences, sidewalks, tree and woodland preservation, unsafe buildings and zoning.
Applications and Forms
The Building Department processes various permit application forms. Some forms may be completed online. Others may be printed, and presented to the for processing. Click the link below to access individual application forms.
If the Building Department refuses to grant an application for a construction permit, or makes any other decision pursuant to or related to construction codes, an interested person may appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals. Applications for appeals shall be based on a claim that the true intent of the applicable code has not been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of the code do not fully apply and an equally good or better form of construction is proposed.
Please be advised that as the State of Michigan adopts new construction codes, those codes will automatically become effective in Shelby Township.
Applications for permits received on or after the effective dates will be regulated under the new code. Copies of the new codes and state amendments will be available through the State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes and the International Code Council.
As of January 2019, the following is a list of the applicable codes and their effective date.
|Michigan Residential Code - 2015 International Residential Code with State Amendments (includes energy code provisions)||Effective Feb. 8, 2016|
|Michigan Building Code - 2015 International Building Code with state amendments||Effective April 20, 2017|
|Michigan Electrical Code 2017 - National Electrical Code with state amendments||Effective Jan. 4, 2019|
|Michigan Mechanical Code - 2015 International Mechanical Code with state amendments||Effective April 12, 2017|
|Michigan Plumbing Code - 2015 International Plumbing Code with state amendments||Effective April 20, 2017|
|Michigan Energy Code 2015 (commercial)||Effective Sept. 20, 2017|
|State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes||International Code Council|
The building department manages and oversees all fees for permits. Individual permit fee schedules are available below.
|Building Permit Fees||Electrical Permit Fees|
|Mechanical Permit Fees||Plumbing Permit Fees|
|Performance Bond Schedule|
Shelby Township participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which enables township property owner’s access to federally backed flood insurance protection. As of October 201,1 property owners are entitled to a 15% discount on flood insurance premiums due to the township’s participation in the Community Rating System with a Class 7 rating. Property owners are encouraged to inform their insurance company of the township's CRS rating to insure a discount is received, see certification below.
|F-029 (4/10) Condominium Coverage|
|F-073 (3/19) The Choice Is Yours|
|F-436 (11/18) The Preferred Risk Policy for Homeowners|
F-437 (11/18) The Preferred Risk Policy for Businesses
|F-671 (4/15) Know Your Risk|
|F-002 (7/18) Why You Need Flood Insurance|
|F-695 (10/17) Flood Insurance Requirements for Recipients of Federal Disaster Assistance|
FEMA L-257 (4/18)Mapping Flood Risks Brochure
|F-061 (4/18) Your Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Cover Floods|
|F-078 (1/19) Worst Guest List|
|------ (8/11) Understanding Zone D - A Fact Sheet for Stakeholders|
------ (3/16) NFIP Grandfather Rules- A Fact Sheet for Insurance Agents
|F-217 (11/12) Benefits of Flood Insurance Versus Disaster Assistance|
|F-435 (12/17) Questions and Answers About Flood Insurance for Real Estate Professionals|
|F-696 (8/13) Real Estate Fact Sheet - Help Protect Your Customer's New Home|
|F-775 (6/09) NFIP Regulation Links|
|F-084 (3/11) Answers to Questions About the NFIP|
|F-441 (1/18) Insurance Agents Lowest Floor Guide|
|F-679 (6/19) NFIP Summary of Coverage|
Post Flood Materials:
|F-687 (10/17) Flood Insurance Claims Handbook|
Outline of Procedures
For your assistance, the outline of procedures listed below have been developed for common construction activities. The outlines highlight code requirements and instructions to apply for necessary permits.
As a guide to follow developments in our growing community, the Building Department compiles monthly reports highlighting new businesses and the monthly Assessor's Report, which covers permits issued for property improvements. Reports are updated at the beginning of each month.
|January 2020||February 2020|
|2019 Assessors Report||2018 Assessors Report|
|2017 Assessors Report||2016 Assessors Report|
|2015 Assessors Report||2014 Assessors Report|
New Businesses Report
|January 2020||February 2020|
|2019 New Business Report||2018 New Business Report|
|2017 New Business Report||2016 New Business Report|
|2015 New Business Report||2014 New Business Report|
Sidewalk Maintenance Program
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Michigan Barrier Free Code, the township adopted a sidewalk maintenance program to ensure sidewalks meet state and federal guidelines. The Building Department works with the township engineer to administer the annual program.
|Sidewalk Maintenance Program Brochure|
Special Inspection Reports
Special Inspections monitor materials and workmanship that are critical to the structural integrity of the building structure. Special Inspections are a review of the construction to assure that the approved plans, shop drawings, and specifications are being followed and that relevant Codes and referenced standards are being observed by all parties involved.
Need more information? Try these sources:
- Guide to Inspecting Residential Brick Veneer
Guide to Inspecting Residential Brick Veneer - Spanish Version
- Macomb County Department of Roads
Macomb County Public Works (Permits & Applications)
Mechanical Code Changes - 2015 Michigan Residential Code Effective Feb. 8, 2016
- Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
National Fire Protection Association
- Order of Inspections
Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide
Second Water Meter Rules & Regulations
State Complaint Form
Street Tree Information
Suggested Safety Requirements for Building Sites
Tree Protective Fencing
Building Director Tim Wood
Township Hall - Upper Level
52700 Van Dyke Ave.
Shelby Township, MI 48316-3572
Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM to 5 PM (Monday through Friday)