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Building Permit  Procedures for Construction 

All construction or demolition (see below for a link to our 'Demolition Requirements' page) projects require the submission of a completed permit application and corresponding documentation as it applies to the proposed work.  In addition, all applicants must also develop preliminary plans for submission to the Building Plan Reviewer.   Any new construction, additions, pools, and other large projects will also require an Engineering Department Site Evaluation review.  You can apply for Site Evaluation online through your BS&A online account or by submitting a completed application to the Building Department.  Please review our requirements for Site Evaluation submittals below.
If you are unsure of your project requirements you may call the Community Development Department at (248)530-1850 to speak with a staff member.  The City requires two folded sets of complete construction drawings, a certified survey (if required), and all other pertinent information and documents to be submitted at the time of application.  Topographical elevations are required on all certified surveys with a minimum of four corners. 
Site Evaluation and project requirements as well as permit applications can be accessed on our Permits and Applications page.

Be advised that all Building and Engineering plan review fees must be paid before your project can be submitted for review.
Please allow approximately two to three weeks for the review process. Once plans have been reviewed, the applicant is contacted and either asked to respond to the review, submit revisions, or pick up the building permit/demolition permit.  

Additional Requirements:
  • Please make all fees payable to the "The City of Birmingham"               
  • Plumbing, heating, refrigeration and electrical alterations require separate permits
  • Building applications must include a copy of a current Builders License
  • All plot plans submitted must have location of City Trees in Right of Way
*For residential demolition projects, refer to the Residential Demolition Requirements page.