Building Permit Information
WHEN DO I NEED A PERMIT?  WHAT TYPE?  WHY?
Please review the information below and on our PERMIT FAQ page. If you don’t find your answer, call us at 517-676-9155 or email info@mason.mi.us. Be sure to include your name, project address, description of the project, and your questions. We strive to respond within three (3) business days.

Please note: As the property owner, you are ultimately responsible to follow the law for obtaining the necessary permits and inspections for work done on your property, even if you hire a contractor. If the necessary permits are not obtained, the property owner, not the contractor, will be cited for the violation. Call our office if you have any questions about guidance you are receiving from a contractor that may conflict with the information provided here.

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS
DOWNLOAD: Building permit applications can be downloaded at the bottom of this page under the grey tab - Building Permit Applications and Information.
SUBMIT APPLICATION: Building Permit Applications may be submitted in the following ways:

Questions? Call Customer Service Desk Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 517-676-9155 or email info@mason.mi.us.
*We are currently testing the new online permitting system. We appreciate your patience as we work through the implementation of this service to better serve you.

BUILDING PERMIT FEES - $
Building Permit Fees are listed on page 5 of the Directory of Charges here. 

CONSTRUCTION CODES IN EFFECT
The following construction codes are in effect for building permits in Mason:
  • 2015 Michigan Building Code
  • 2015 Michigan Residential Code
  • 2015 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings
  • 2015 Michigan Uniform Energy Code
Copies are available for viewing at City Hall upon request.  You can also purchase or view copies through the State of Michigan links here under ‘Code Books’.

BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS
The Building Code Board of Appeals hears appeals of a decision(s) made by a plan reviewer or inspector in regard to the application or interpretation of the Michigan Building Code, Michigan Residential Code, Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings, and the Michigan Uniform Energy Code.  It also approves the use of alternate materials or construction methods.  Click here for more information.  An application for an appeal can be found at the bottom of this page under the grey tab - Building Permit Applications and Information.

ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, AND MECHANICAL PERMITS
Permits for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical (heating and cooling) projects are issued and administered through the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Bureau of Construction Codes. The State of Michigan Permitting Divisions may be reached at the following numbers, or online here.
 
Electrical Division (517) 241-9334           Mechanical Division (517) 241-9325
Plumbing Division (517) 241-9330           Boiler Division (517) 241-9334
 
MISS DIG – SAFETY FIRST!
Always call before you dig for projects big and small.  It is the responsibility of the property owner to contact MISS DIG.  Contact MISS DIG at least three (3) business days prior to excavating on your property.  Visit www.missdig.org or call 811 or 1-800-482-7171.
 
SOIL EROSION – INGHAM COUNTY DRAIN COMMISSIONER
A Soil Erosion permit or waiver from the Ingham County Drain Commission is required for all building projects in order to satisfy our local ordinance on storm water and soil erosion.  Submit a copy of the permit or waiver with your Building Permit Application to the City of Mason.  The Drain Commission can be reached at (517) 676-8395 or https://drain.ingham.org.
 
ASBESTOS - National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
Click here for information about the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Asbestos NESHAP Program and requirements for asbestos removal and demolition projects.
 
LEAD-SAFE WORK PRACTICES REQUIREMENTS
Click here to visit Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or call 1-866-691-LEAD (1-866-691-5323) for more information.
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BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION14 documents

  • Accessory Structures Fact Sheet
    document seq 100.00
  • Permit Brochure
    document seq 800.00
  • Property Owner Authorization
    document seq 810.00
  • DIY Property Owner Affidavit & Permit Policy
    document seq 820.00
  • Zoning Brochure
    document seq 900.00
  • BSA Online Permit Process - Contractor
    document seq 950.00
  • BSA Online Permit Process - Homeowner
    document seq 975.00
  • COMMERCIAL - Building Permit Packet
    document seq 1000.00
  • DECK - Building Permit Packet
    document seq 2000.00
  • DEMOLITION - Building Permit Packet
    document seq 3000.00
  • FENCES - General Information
    document seq 4000.00
  • POOL - Permit Information
    document seq 5000.00
  • RESIDENTIAL - Building Permit Packet
    document seq 6000.00
  • ROOF - Building Permit Packet
    document seq 7000.00