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    Building Inspections Forms

    * Online application types with an asterisk (*) are available for licensed / registered professionals only.  Other applicants must use the standard form.

    Building Permit Application (PDF)   Required to obtain a building permit to perform work under the Michigan Building Code.
    ​Building Permit - 1-2 Fam Application (PDF) Apply Online (PDF)​ ​Required to obtain a building permit to perform work under the Michigan Residential Code.  Online application option available for new/addition, renovation, deck/pool, roof/side, garage/shed.  Plans must be uploaded as PDF documents with online applications.
    Energy Code Worksheet Attachment (PDF) Required for all new residential ​construction and additions.
    Credit Card Payment Advice (PDF)   Used to make a credit card payment without visiting our office - complete and fax to (616) 456-4199.
    Zoning Information Attachment (PDF)   Must be attached to the building permit application for a residential garage, carport, shed, deck, pool/hot tub, or wall.
    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.
    Building Permit Fee Estimator   Estimates the building permit fee and plan review fee (if applicable) for a project based upon its construction cost.  Note: Flat fees apply to re-roofing, re-siding, decks, and swimming pools.  Click here for credit card fax payment form.
    Building Inspections Fee Schedule   Complete list of all City Commission authorized fees for construction code administration.
    Building Permit Process (PDF)   Guide to building permiting process, including purpose, application, review, and inspections.
    Electrical Permit Application (PDF)
    -Fillable File (Excel)
    Apply Online
    (PDF)*
    Required to obtain an electrical permit.  Must be accompanied by payment of the applicable permit fee.
    Mechanical Permit Application (PDF)
    -Fillable File (Excel)
     Apply Online
    (PDF)*
    Required to obtain a mechanical permit.  Must be accompanied by payment of the applicable permit fee.
    Plumbing Permit Application (PDF)
    -Fillable File (Excel)
     Apply Online
    (PDF)*
    Required to obtain a plumbing permit.  Must be accompanied by payment of the applicable permit fee.
    Demolition Permit Application (PDF)

    Demolition Process
    Apply Online (PDF) Required to obtain a permit to demolish a residential or commercial structure.  Must be accompanied by a copy of the contractor's liability insurance policy.  A permit will not be issued until electric, gas, and water utilities have confirmed cut-off and surety has been furnished equal to the cost of demolition.
    Contractor Registration/ Licensing/Exam Forms    
    Barrier Free Design Exemption Application
    (PDF)
       
    Barrier Free Design Complaint Form (PDF)    

     
    Land Use Development Services (LUDS) Forms

    LUDS Instructions (PDF)   Instructions for completing LUDS forms and an explanation of the Land Use Development Services program.
    LUDS Plan Review Application (PDF) Apply Online (PDF) 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 the flood plain, or within 500 feet of a water body or wetland.
    Director Review Attachment (PDF) Apply Online (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.

    Temporary Occupancy Application/Attachment
    (PDF)

    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.
    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.  Click here for credit card fax payment form.
    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 preciptation event, and once per week.
    Ownership Transfer (PDF)
    -Fillable File (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 City of Grand Rapids before the property is transferred.​
     

    Planning Department Forms

    Planning Commission   Forms, agendas, schedule, contact information, etc.
    Board of Zoning Appeals   Forms, agendas, schedule, contact information, etc.
    Historic Preservation Commission   Forms, schedule, and contact information.
    Sign Permit Application
    (PDF)
    Apply Online (PDF) Required to obtain a sign permit to install a sign under the Michigan Building Code and the City's Zoning Ordinance.
    Fence Permit Application (PDF) Apply Online (PDF) Required to construct a fence 30 inches or more in height. For more fence information click here.


    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
    Form
     (PDF)​
    Click here for a copy of the City's False Fire Alarms Ordinance.    ​