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    Louis Canfield

    Louis Canfield
    Development Center Coordinator

    Mission Statement

    Welcome to the City of Grand Rapids Development Center! We facilitate the physical development of the City by providing an efficient one-stop source for project planning, construction plan review, permitting, and inspection services.

    The Development Center is staffed by members of the Building Inspections Division, Planning Department, Engineering Department, Water and Sewer Utilities, Environmental Services, Fire Safety, and Traffic Safety. We are available for in-person consultations regarding development issues. Benefits of the one-stop approach include a simplified approval process and improved coordination of staff review efforts.

    Ready to Schedule an Inspection?
    If you are ready for an inspection, please contact the Development Center at 616-456-4100 or
    The staff will schedule the appointment for you or connect you with the correct inspector.

    Data Transparency
    The Development Center is making basic permit data available for download in Excel format.  This information is useful for developers, researchers, neighborhood organizations, and others.  Building permit data is available initially and additional permit types will be available soon.  Click here for more information.

    Plan Review Comments and Project Statuses: 
    Plan review comments and project statuses are available online. To view the information for your project, click “Online Inspection Services” on the menu bar to the left. For instructions on accessing plan review comments, click here.

    Backyard Chicken Ordinance:
    For more information regarding the Backyard Chicken Ordinance and permitting process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


    1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Phone: 616.456.4100, Fax: 616.456.4088

    Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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