Permits are required for any new building construction (residential or commercial), additions, alterations, demolition, garages, pole barns, decks, sheds (over 200 sq. ft.), swimming pools, hot tubs, jacuzzis, fences (local ordinance), ponds, finished basements, furnaces, water heaters, A/C, generators, electrical wiring, alarm systems, signs and other activities regulated by the building code and local ordinance. The township complies with Township Zoning Ordinance and the Michigan Building Code. In addition, permits are required for certain electrical, heating, plumbing and refrigeration work.
Per the Richmond Township Zoning Ordinance, Section 7.02 Single Family Residential District R-1, Subsection D3 Building Requirements, Minimum Floor Area (square feet): 1-story: first floor/total: 1,200/1,200, 1-1/2 story: first floor/total: 960/1,340, 2-story: first floor/total: 750/1,500 and the minimum roof pitch is 4/12.
Agricultural buildings for the use of farm animals or farm machinery and sheds under 200 sq. ft. do not need a building permit, but must comply with the township zoning requirements.
Contact the Building Department at (586) 727-8998 if you are unsure if a building permit is required for any type of work to be done in the township.
PLAN REVIEW REQUIREMENTS
Download the ResPlanReviewRequirements.docx to see what is needed to apply for a building permit when doing any type of residential or commercial building. Once the building permit is submitted, depending on what type of construction, the building official will do a plan review and determine the fees (including final grade inspection fees). Download
ACCESSORY BUILDINGS (POLE BARNS, GARAGES, SHEDS)
A building permit must be issued for accessory buildings, with the exception of agricultural buildings for the use of farm animals or machinery and sheds under 200 sq. ft. Download BuildingPermitApplication.pdf. All buildings must comply with township zoning requirements. Download ConstructionInformation-AccessoryGaragesandSheds.docx
ACCESSORY BUILDINGS (AGRICULTURAL)
A building permit is not needed for an agricultural building for the use of farm animals or machinery but must comply with township zoning requirements. A Declaration of Agricultural Zoning Compliance for an Accessory Building needs to be filled out and filed with the township. Click on DeclarationofAgriculturalZoningComplianceforAccessoryBuilding.docx to print the form.
COMMERCIAL BUILDING (NEW AND/OR ALTERATIONS)
Commercial building must have approval from the Planning Commission. All plans are sent to ICC for plan review. When plans are returned from ICC with their plan review, then a building permit will be issued from the township. The fees will include township and ICC plan review charges. Download BuildingPermitApplication.pdf
Building permits are required for wood decks, raised patio, and porches (attached or unattached). Download ConstructionOfDeckRequirements.pdf for more information on building a deck. Download BuildingPermitApplication.pdf
Electrical work shall not be started until the application for permit has been filed with the township. All installations shall be in conformance with the Michigan Electrical Code. No work shall be concealed until it has been inspected. Download Electrical Permit-Application.pdf
When installing a generator, it must be placed a minimum distance from the home and an operable window, usually 6 feet from the window and 18 inches from the home. The generator can be near the gas meter. A concrete pad is not required on most generators as they have an integral composite pad under them. Download ElectricalPermitApplication.docx
Mechanical work shall not be started until the application for permit has been filed with the township. All installations shall be in conformance with the Michigan Mechanical Code. No work shall be concealed until it has been inspected. Download MechanicalPermitApplication.docx
Plumbing work shall not be started until the application for permit has been filed with the township. All installations shall be in conformance with the Michigan Plumbing Code. No work shall be concealed until it has been inspected. Download PlumbingPermitApplication.docx
WOOD BURNER, PELLET STOVES, FIREPLACES
A mechanical permit needs to be issued for wood burners, pellet stoves and fireplaces. They must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. All pre-fab fireplaces must be approved by a nationally recognized testing agency. Download MechanicalPermitApplication.docx PelletStoveRequirements WoodStoveRequirements
OUTSIDE WOOD BURNING UNITS
An electrical and mechanical permit is needed to install an outside wood burning unit. The unit must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. Download ElectricalPermitApplication.docx and MechanicalPermitApplication.docx
An electrical permit is needed if installing a new alarm system and new circuit. Download ElectricalPermitApplication.docx
ABOVEGROUND AND UNDERGROUND POOL
A building permit must be issued for aboveground and underground pool. Download Requirements for pools
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
A certificate of occupancy will be issued when all applicable permits have been approved before the final building approval. A final approval also needs to be done by the Health Department for the well & septic if new construction (a copy of approval must be on file in the office). For a final building approval, gutters must be installed to allow for water to be run-off 5 feet away from the building, final grading and debris picked up around the job site. Once final approval is complete, a certificate of occupancy will be issued by the building inspector and final grade inspection monies will be returned.
When an inspection is needed, the contractor or homeowner should call the office to schedule the inspection. 24-48 hour notice is required for the inspectors. The inspectors usually do their inspections in the evenings.
When calling in an inspection, please have the following available:
- Type of inspection and permit number.
- Address where inspection is needed.
- Phone number for contact person or instructions if needed to set up inspection if building is locked.
If the inspection is approved or not approved, the inspector will leave a sticker. If not approved, the inspector will list what needs to be done. Once these have been corrected, the homeowner or contractor will have to call the office for a re-inspection (which there will be a re-inspection fee).
STREET NUMBER ORDINANCE
An ordinance providing for the numbering and identification of all principal building and premises within the Township of Richmond by the posting of street numbers upon the premises or on said building and repealing all ordinances or resolution in conflict therewith. For the full Street Number Ordinance download Twp. Street Number Ordinance.pdf