How do I obtain a building permit?
Building permits are processed through the Blackman Charter Township Building Department. Our staff can assist you in determining the types of permits needed, provide information on the applicable ordinances and codes governing the project you are commencing and provide inspections to ensure your construction is in compliance with township ordinances and state and federal codes.
Do I need a building permit for a fence?
Blackman Charter Township does not require a permit for the installation of a fence. The ordinance states that a fence can be no taller in height than 6 feet.
How long does it take to process a building permit?
It will take 1 working day to have your building permit processed.
What information is needed to apply for a building permit?
• Dimensions of all necessary structures on the property
• Dimensions of house and garage
• Distance from the property line
• Location of easements
• Well permit or water permit
• Septic permit or sanitary sewer permit for new structures
• Soil and erosion permit, if disturbing 1 or more acres or is within 500 feet of the water’s edge of a lake or stream
• Completed application for building permit
• Residential structures 3500 square feet and larger need architectural drawings. Sealed & Signed!
• Commercial applicants need one set of paper drawings and one set of digital drawings. DWG OR JPEG FORMAT.
How much does the building permit cost?
(click here for fee schedule)
How deep do footings need to be for a deck?
Michigan Residential Building code requires 42 inch to the bottom of footings if attached to the house.
What types of improvements require permits?
Additions to a home or a garage, central air, trusses or enlargement of windows or doors, removal or relocation of a bearing wall, swimming pools with a minimum depth of 24”, a new garage, shed over 200 square feet, deck or other accessory structure, roofing–tear off and replacing shingles, replacement windows in sleeping areas, finishing basement.
Any shed 200 feet and under – does not require a building permit, but must follow zoning setback requirements.
• All accessory structures in non residential districts shall be subject to the same standards and requirements as are required for all principal structures within such districts.
• Packing or storage crates, parts or all of a semi-trailer, and similar converted structures shall not be used as accessory structures in any zoning district, except agricultural. Railroad cars shall not be used as accessory structures in any zoning district.
What types of improvements do not require permits?
Painting, installation of patio stones, concrete flat work, fences, siding, and dry wall, accessory buildings under 200 square feet.