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Building Department

Building70781137dt1000x597The Building Department is responsible for oversight and inspection of all construction and development in the City of Oak Park. This includes enforcement of building codes relating to building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work. Permits are required for many types of building projects including, but not limited to, the following: new construction, building additions, structural alterations, fire suppression, demolition, swimming pool installation, sheds, and decks. Through the inspection process, the Building Department is able to ensure that all structures meet public safety, health and welfare requirements. If you are unsure that a permit has been issued or if a permit is required, please contact us. The Building Department also provides business license inspections and support to the Building Board of Appeals.

Advantages in Obtaining Building Permits

One of the benefits of permits is that it involves the services of a professional inspector who approves each phase of the construction process which results in a safe, accurate and complete process.

Did you know?

Did you know that residents and businesses are required to obtain building permits for plumbing, mechanical or electrical work? They are required to obtain permits for additions and or alterations to their existing structures and they are required to seek building permits for any work performed in the public right-of-way.

Are you making do-it-yourself home improvements?

If you are going to make do-it-yourself home improvements, contact one of our building inspectors to discuss your options.

Are you in need of financial assistance to make home improvements?

Residents who qualify for low-to-moderate income levels can contact the Oakland County's Home Improvement Loan Programs to help fund needed home repairs. For more information, call (248) 858-5401.

Helpful Forms and Documents:
Business License Application
Building Permit
Building Code Board of Appeals Application  
Certificate of Occupancy
Demolition Permit
Electrical Permit
Fence Permit Application
Fire Alarm Permit
Fire Suppression Permit
Mechanical Permit
Open Roof Sworn Affidavit 2022
Plumbing Permit
Sign Permit
Zoning Permit

Helpful Information Links
Apply For A Permit
Apply For A Permit (Contractor)
Building Department Payments Online
Contractor Online Account Creation
Michigan Inter-Governmental Trade Network (MITN)
Garages/Sheds - Building Guidelines
Porches - Construction Guidelines
Roofing - Construction Guidelines
Online Payments

If you need to contact someone in the Building, Code and/or Engineering departments please email us at