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Complete Building Permit applications are processed in chronological order of receipt and on an average approved within 8-10 business days. If an application is missing documents, the timeline of processing will not begin until the necessary documents for the application are received. Every attempt is made to review all applications as soon as possible. At times, it may take longer depending on the magnitude of the project and the number of applications awaiting review. Every attempt is made to review applications as soon as possible. Once the application has been approved, applicants will receive a phone call informing them that it is ready for payment and issuance.
All of our Trades (Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing) Permit applications are reviewed and processed within 24 hours of receipt.
Permit fees for Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits are based on the number of inspections plus unit costs (i.e. the number of circuits being installed for an electrical permit or the number of fixtures being installed for a plumbing permit). The final number of unit costs and inspections will determine the cost of a permit.
Building permits are based on the "Market Value" of the work to be completed. Fees for permits, if applicable, can be viewed online in the fee schedule (PDF).
"Market Value" is the cost of the project if you hired someone to complete the work. For the purpose of calculating Building Permit fees, it includes labor, materials and profit. Land or real estate value is not included. The Building Department has per square foot costs that will be used as a minimum. Once the "Market Value" is determined, the permit fee can be calculated.
Any homeowner may pull a permit only if they do their own work on their own residence. Otherwise, a permit is required to be pulled by a licensed contractor who is registered to work in DeWitt Charter Township.