1. Why do I need a permit?
By issuing permits, the City has the opportunity to inspect permitted construction ensuring that acceptable standards are met and appropriate materials and methods used. The City of Madison Heights appreciates the cooperation of its residents and businesses in insuring that the City remains a safe place to live and work.
2. When do I need a permit?
A permit is required for all construction, remodeling and maintenance except those items classified as “normal maintenance” in the codes. Typical projects requiring permits include, but are not limited to:
- New Buildings
- Prefabricated Structures
- Electrical Systems and Services
- Plumbing Systems · Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
- Residential Sheds Over 200 Square Feet
- Miscellaneous Residential including Fireplaces, Pools, Decks, and Garages
- Replacement Roofs and/or Shingles
- Exterior Concrete
- Replacement Windows
- Exterior Siding
- Replacement Water Heaters
- Replacement Furnace or Air Conditioning
- Gutters and Downspouts
- Repair of Faucets
- Replacement of Individual Electric Switches or Outlets
- Repair of Non-Structural Fascia & Deck Boards
- Repair of Broken Windows
- Tuckpointing of Masonry
- Replacement of Kitchen Cabinets w/ no Structural, Drywall, Plumbing or Electrical Changes
3. Do I have to pay for inspections separately?
No, unless you fail. All necessary inspections are included on building permits and all other permits are charged on a per trip basis with the applicant specifying the number of inspections required. Additional inspections may be added to non-building permits if they are required. All inspections that fail are charged a re-inspection fee which must be paid prior to the re-inspection date.
5. Who is responsible for the public sidewalk in front of my house?
The property owner is responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of all public sidewalk that abuts any portion of the property. Permits are required for repair or replacement of public sidewalk. There is no charge for a permit for five squares of walk or less but an inspection is required prior to placement of the concrete. The City has an annual sidewalk repair program to repair sidewalks.
Yes, A permit is required to re-roof your house whether it is a complete tear off and re-roof or just adding a second layer of roofing to an existing roof. Please refer to the roofing handout for more details.
Try to resolve the issue with the neighbor. If this is not possible, or does not work, you may contact Code Enforcement.
No, The City does have a fence ordinance which sets forth the standards for fence construction. A permit is not required but you must comply with the ordinance requirements.
11. Does the City recommend contractors?
No, the City cannot recommend contractors. You may obtain a list of contractors currently registered with the City from the Community Development Department. Check their references and their standing with the State Commercial Services Bureau and the Better Business Bureau.
12. I want to open a business in the City or I am selling my business to another person. What do I need to do?
Any new business, and any change in the use, ownership, or occupancy of an existing business requires a new occupancy certificate and may require a business license. Applications are available at the Community Development Department and the Clerk's office respectively. The property is inspected by the Building Department and the Fire Marshal and any deficiencies must be corrected prior to the certificate being issued. Any business engaged in retail or service activities must also obtain a business license from the City Clerk.
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