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Dale Sherman, Building Inspector & Zoning Administrator

The Building Inspector is responsible for permitting and inspecting new construction and remodeling, including roofs. The application for permits may be downloaded from this page or picked up at City Hall.  All applications must be approved and permit issued prior to the start of any work.  Permit pricing is based on project costs.
The City of Ithaca also has a Rental Housing Inspection program. Owners of rental properties are required to register each rental unit and annual inspections of rental properties will be completed to ensure that units are up to City Code.  Rental property fees are $40.00 per rental property or for multiple unit properties such as duplexes and apartments, the first unit is $40.00 and $5.00 for each subsequent unit. 
In addition to structural matters, the City of Ithaca inspection guidelines also require that the exterior of homes be properly maintained and yards kept free of trash, and grass mowed.
Permits are required by the State of Michigan for Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical work.  The permit forms are available below and more information may be obtain at .  These permit forms are sent in to the State of Michigan and not to the City of Ithaca.
Contact Dale by calling (989) 875-3200 or by using the e-mail contact form below:

Excavation Permit

Excavation work as defined by City Zoning Ordinance Section 4.18, grading, stripping, excavating, filling or earth change, requires a permit in the City of Ithaca.
To obtain the proper permit, contact Building Inspector Sherman prior to the project start.  Permit pricing is based on the project cost. 
Also, remember to call Miss Dig before you dig to protect underground utilities and yourself!  The number to call is 811.

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