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     Process and Fees
    • Building Permit Process 
      • Guide to the Building Inspections permitting process, including purpose, applications, plan review, and inspections.
    • Building Permit Fee Estimator
      • Link to the building permit fee calculator.  Estimates the permit and review fee (if applicable) for a project based upon its construction cost.  Note: Flat fees apply to re-roofing, re-siding, decks, and pools.
    • Building Inspections Fee Schedule
      • Complete list of all City Commission authorized fees for construction code administration.
    • Online Applications and Complaints
      • New users to the City of Grand Rapids Citizen Access website will need to create a free user account before submitting an online permit application.  Contractors will need to connect their license to their user account before having access to trade-specific applications.

     Commercial Building Permits: Forms and Applications
    • Commercial Building Permit Applications
      • Required to obtain a building permit to perform work under the Michigan Building Code.  Two copies of professionally designed plans must be brought to the Development Center for review: plans cannot be uploaded and reviewed electronically.
      • Commercial Re-roof or Re-side: Apply Online | PDF
      • Commercial Interior and Exterior Renovation: Apply Online | PDF
      • Commercial Interior Only Renovation: Apply Online | PDF
      • Commercial New Structure or Addition: Apply Online | PDF
      • Commercial Change of Use: Apply Online | PDF
        • A Change of Use permit is for a commercial building changing from one permitted use to another.  If any construction is required, please apply for a renovation permit.
    • Commercial Building Plan Review Attachment
      • PDF
      • Must be attached to the building permit application for multi-family (3+ units), commercial, industrial, institutional, or mixed use building projects.
    • Commercial Building Plan Transmittal Form
      • PDF
      • Required to be submitted with all permits, addendums, and revisions to clarify the purpose and content of submitted documents.
    • Barrier Free Design Exemption Application
    • Barrier Free Design Complaint Form
    • Contractor Registration/Licensing/Exam Forms

     Residential Building Permits: Forms and Applications
    • Building Permit Application For 1-2 Family Dwellings
    • Energy Code Worksheet Attachment

      • PDF
      • Required for all new residential construction and additions

     Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Demolitions: Applications

     Land Use Development Services (LUDS)
    • LUDS Instructions
      • PDF  |  Instructions for completing LUDS forms and an explanation of the Land Use Development Services program.
    • LUDS Plan Review Application
      • Required to initiate the LUDS plan review and permitting process for new multi-family (3+ units), commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use buildings; additions to such buildings; major site work including parking lots; and other projects.  While single-family and two family residential projects typically are exempt from this application, it is required for all new buildings and additions located in a flood plain, or within 500 feet of a water body or wetland.  Only one LUDS permit is required to cover the scope of the project.
      • Site Development (i.e. Building or Parking Lot) Apply Online | PDF
      • Soil Erosion Control (i.e. usually for residential projects) Apply Online | PDF
      • Right of Way (i.e. Soil Erosion Control in the Right of Way) Apply Online | PDF
      • Zoning/Planning Compliance (i.e. other compliance requirements) Apply Online | PDF
    • Temporary Occupancy Permit Application
      • Apply Online | PDF
      • Required to obtain a permit to use City streets or sidewalks for construction-related activities.  May be submitted on its own or attached to a LUDS Plan Review Application.
    • Director Review Attachment
      • PDF
      • Planning Director Review is administered as part of LUDS plan review to streamline the process for project compliance with the Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance. This form is required for projects that require Planning Director review under the Zoning Ordinance, including but not limited to, the following: Projects previously approved by the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, or City Commission; Director Review uses in Article 9 and permitted uses in Article 7 the Zoning Ordinance; minor changes to an existing Planned Redevelopment District (PRD) and Planned Unit Development (PUD). Exceptions include construction, alterations, and improvements to 1-family and 2-family projects, which are handled as Counter Reviews.
    • Supplemental Permit Data Form
      • PDF
      • Required for the City to validate a LUDS permit document.  Need not be submitted with a LUDS Plan Review Application.
    • LUDS Fee Schedule
      • PDF
      • Fee schedule authorized by resolution of the Grand Rapids City Commission.
    • Stormwater Operator Inspection Log
      • PDF
      • Required to be submitted to the Development Center by the Certified Stormwater Operator for a project within 24 hours of a precipitation event, and once per week.
    • Ownership Transfer
      • PDF | Word
      • In the event of a property transfer, pursuant to Section 9112 of Part 91, SESC, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, this form must be completed by the property transferor, signed by the transferor and transferee, and submitted to the City of Grand Rapids before the property is transferred.​

     Planning Department

    Commission and Board Information

    Planning Department Applications

    • Sign Permit Application
      • Required for a sign permit to install a sign under the Michigan Building Code and the City's Zoning Ordinance.
    • Fence Permit Application
      • Required to construct a fence 30 inches or more in height.
    • Residential Accessory Structure Permit Application (Under 200 sq ft)
      • Required to construct an accessory structure (i.e. shed) under 200 square feet in size on a residential property.  For larger accessory structures, apply for a building permit.
    • Driveway Permit Application
      • Required to construct a new driveway, expand an existing driveway, or resurface an existing driveway.  New driveways also require a sidewalk permit. 
    • Temporary Use Application
      • Required for an event on private property that is more intensive than typical use (examples: large outdoor party, tents, grand opening, parking lot sale, fundraising event.)  

     Fire Department Forms
    • Fire Safety for Construction
      • PDF
      • Guidelines for temporary heating equipment, general precautions against fire, flammable and combustible liquids, owner's responsibility for fire protection, access for fire fighting, means of egress, water supply for fire protection, portable fire extinguishers, and motorized equipment.
    • Hot Work Program
      • To properly control the hazards of cutting, welding, and other hot work the Grand Rapids Fire Department has established a comprehensive Hot Work Program.
    • Fire Alarm Registration
    • False Fire Alarm Ordinance
      • PDF
      • The City of Grand Rapids ordinance establishing requirements to register fire alarm systems and penalties for false alarms.