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Residents are encouraged to call any township department to attempt to conduct business via the phone, email or website. Residents can also email township staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions. You may call the Building Department at 586-731-5969 or email email@example.com to conduct business.
The Building Department is asking the community to adhere to Best Practice Guidelines for the Construction Industry set forth by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity.
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|
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.
|May 2020||June 2020|
|March 2020||April 2020|
|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
|May 2020||June 2020|
|March 2020||April 2020 - N/A because of COVID-19 Shutdown|
|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 the interest of promoting safe pedestrian travel, the township adopted ordinances (Section 58-528 of the Code of Ordinances) that require that defective sidewalks be maintained and repaired. Additionally, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the township’s Sidewalk Maintenance Program identifies defects and implements repairs to ensure that the sidewalks meet federal guidelines.
Overseen by the Shelby Township Building Department and administered by the township engineers at Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick, Inc., the program works with property owners to ensure resident and guest safety throughout the township. Below are several resources and forms to help administer the program.
For more information regarding the program, contact Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc., attention Aseel A. Putros, PE, CFM or Gordon B. Wilson PE, CFM. at 586-726-1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
|Sidewalk Maintenance Program Information Guide||Section 58-528 of the Code of Ordinances|
|Sidewalk Permit Application|
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
Virtual Inspection Program
In light of the ongoing virus emergency, the Shelby Township Building Department modified its inspection procedures regarding work inside owner-occupied homes. For safety purposes, certain inspections are now being completed remotely by video instead of on-site.Download the Virtual Inspection Program guide below for full details.
Types of inspections qualified for virtual inspection:
- Building - Kitchen/bathroom renovations; basement waterproofing; minor repairs; reinspections; and other inspections on a case-by-case basis
- Electrical - Replacement furnaces; kitchen/bathroom renovations; electric water heater replacements; air condensers; minor repairs; reinspections; and other inspections on a case-by-case basis
- Mechanical - Replacement furnaces; kitchen/bathroom renovations; water heater replacements; air condensers; minor repairs; reinspections; and other inspections on a case-by-case basis
- Plumbing – Second water meters; backflow devices; kitchen/bathroom renovations; water heater replacements; minor repairs; reinspections; and other inspections on a case-by-case basis
|Virtual Inspection Program guide|
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)