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Building Inspecions and Zoning Administration

The City currently contracts the Building Inspection services with the County of Gratiot.  Building permits are required for new construction and remodeling, including roofs.  Residents and/or contractors must first obtain zoning approval from the City and once approved the County Inspector will be able to issue the building permit.  Zoning Applications are available at City Hall.  All approvals and permits must be acquired before the start of any work.
If you have a project that involves ground breaking, an Excavation Permit must be obtained from the City Hall.  This includes projects as sidewalk construction/repair, water or sewer line repair, landscaping, etc. 
Excavation work as defined by City Zoning Ordinance Section 4.18 is grading, stripping, excavating, filling or earth change.  Permit pricing is based on the project cost.
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. 
The Rental Certification Policy is available for review at City Hall or here:  Rental Inspection Certification Policy
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, brush and debris, 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 City Hall by calling (989) 875-3200 or by using the e-mail contact form below:

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