Building Permit Information

Building Permits are administered through the Community Development Department. The Building Official/Building Inspector issues building permits and inspection services as required under the Michigan Building Codes. The primary purpose for the administration and enforcement of the State of Michigan Building Codes, is to ensure development meets the standards necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

Click on the links below to learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead (Pb) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program, which is aimed at promoting lead-safe housing and preventing childhood lead poisoning. Under this nationwide program, renovation contractors working for compensation in pre-1978 homes and other child-occupied facilities must be trained and certified to perform this work using lead-safe work practices that will not leave dust-lead hazards behind.

Building Permit Required
The City of Mason requires a Building Permit Application prior to starting any of the following types of work:

  • New construction, additions, remodeling, window replacements involving structural modifications, siding, roofing, fencing, demolition, moving of structures, decks, sheds, garages and carports.
  • Any type of swimming pool capable of holding 24 vertical inches of water, including inflatable pools.
  • Permanent signs.
  • Fencing over 6 feet in height.

Exceptions to this requirement are as follows:

  • Fences 6 feet or less in height. – fences located in any residential front yard shall not be taller than 3 feet. (Note: a corner lot has two front yards).
  • One story detached accessory structures 200 square feet or less.
  • Retaining walls not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a structure. 

Building Permit Requirements
A building permit application must be submitted and the permit approved before any work begins on the project. Copies of all permits issued by other agencies must be submitted with the building permit application. No work is authorized until the application has been approved, fee received, and a permit has been issued by a building inspector.

Permit fees are due at the time of application.
Permit applications may be obtained in person at the Customer Service desk at Mason City Hall, 201 W. Ash Street between 8a.m. and 5p.m., Monday through Friday. Permit applications are also available below.   Completed applications may be mailed or returned in person to the reception desk at City Hall. The typical turn-around time for processing a building permit is two to five days. In rare cases, extenuating circumstances beyond the department’s control may delay this time beyond five days. Applications should be submitted well in advance of project start dates to avoid delays.

Electric, 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 following State of Michigan Permitting Divisions may be reached at the following numbers, or online at

Electrical Division (517) 241-9334           Mechanical Division (517) 241-9325
Plumbing Division (517) 241-9330          Boiler Division (517) 241-9334

Construction Codes in Effect for Mason
*2015 Michigan Building Code
*2015 Michigan Residential Code
*2015 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings
*2015 Michigan Uniform Energy Code
*Available for viewing at the City Hall offices upon request.
Additional copies of the State of Michigan code books are available online at