Building Department

                                                                   Monday - Friday
                                                                 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
                                                           (586) 749-5301 ext. 214 
                                                               Fax (586) 749-3408

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The Building Department was established to ensure that all building standards are met and enforced to safeguard the life, health and public welfare of our community,  using Michigan Building Codes and Village of New Haven Ordinances.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan State Construction Code Act, Public Act 230, of 1972, as amended, the Building Official of the Village of New Haven is designated as the enforcing agency to discharge the responsibility for the Village under Section 9 of the Act. The Village assumes responsibility for the administration and enforcement of Act 230 and all related codes throughout the Village's corporate limits. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our staff in the Building Department:

Building  Inspector - David Keown tx 586-749-5301 x 2
Building Dept. Clerk Rebecca Hollis -

Building permits fees, which include processing, staff review and all required inspections, are based on the cost of the project as determined by square footage. Trade permits fees are based on the actual work being performed. Homeowners are eligible to obtain permits by filing an affidavit affirming they are doing the work themselves. When a contractor obtains a permit, the person who holds the license must sign the permit application. 

Permits are required for the following work: The provisions of the Code require any owner or authorized agent intending to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit. 

  • New Construction
  • Alterations / Structural repairs
  • Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling installation
  • Accessory structures
  • Decks / Porches
  • Re-roof (if the old roofing is removed to bare wood)
  • Occupancy and Land Use
  • All Signage
  • Any repairs with an estimated cost of more than $600.00

Any structures, fences, or projects not needing a building permit do, however, require a Zoning Permit. 

Any work exempt from a building permit does require a zoning permit to be submitted for review and compliance. 

Inspections are required for all projects requiring permits to insure code compliance. To request an inspection for all construction activity call 586 749-5301 Ext. 214 a minimum of 24 hours in advance. All inspections will be completed in a timely manner and scheduled according to the availability of the inspector. Work must not be continued until the inspection has been completed. All permits require inspections. A list of required inspections is included in the building permit application.

All inspectors in the Village of New Haven hold appropriate licenses from the State of Michigan in their respective fields and are registered with the State of Michigan Consumers and Industry Service Division as inspectors. All inspectors are required to complete a set number of hours of continuing education programs approved by the State for their individual registration.

A building contractor or homeowner's agent who engages in work on residential properties and residential buildings must be licensed with the State of Michigan in the field of the work to be performed. All building contractors residential or commercial must be registered with the Village of New Haven. Upon request for a permit, the building department clerk will verify registration status of the individual contractor with the Village records. 

When a contractor registers with the Village, the holder of the license must appear in person. 

The contractor must present a State License, a verifiable picture identification card (I.D. card may be a driver's license or state I.D. card) and a copy of the contractor's liability insurance. 

The contractor must pay the registration fee, as set forth by the Village. At present a $10.00 or $15.00  fee is assessed for the duration of the current licensing cycle. 

All contractor registrations expire on the date that their state license expires. 

A General Contractor performing commercial construction is not required to be licensed by the State of Michigan, but is required to register with the Village of New Haven and pay the registration fee. 

The Planning Commission reviews and takes action on the following items:

  • Site Plan reviews and approvals
  • Special Approval Land Use reviews and approvals
  • Rezoning requests
  • Planned Unit Development requests
Site plan review and approval shall be required prior to the establishment of any new use, special use, change in use, addition to an existing use, the erection of any multi-family, commercial or industrial building and all new subdivisions. All site plans reviews, except those for permitted one and two family dwellings shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission. 

Contact the Planning/Zoning Official for specific questions regarding the above items at Applications and fee amounts for submittal to the Planning Commission are available at the Village Offices. 

The Village of New Haven has adopted the State of Michigan Building Codes and is the enforcing agency for the following codes:

2015 Michigan Residential Code

2015 Michigan Building Code

2015 Michigan Plumbing Code

2014 National Electrical Code

2015 Michigan Mechanical Code

2015 International Fuel Gas Code

2015 Michigan Rehabilitation Code
for Existing Buildings