Building Information

COVID-19 UPDATE (3/23/20): Effective immediately, per Governor Whitmer's Executive Order, the East Lansing Building department is closed for non-emergency permits and inspections. Staff will continue to remotely monitor voicemail and emails and will respond as soon as possible. 

All general inspections are canceled. Only time-sensitive inspection and permit activity related to critical life safety shall be conducted at this time, provided that Inspectors are able to conduct the inspection with limited contact with their customers. Staff will be following CDC guidelines and are instructed to maintain social distancing, etc. 

Once the Order is lifted, please contact the proper Inspector to catch up on back log work. 
For questions concerning any trades, please contact for:

Building Review - 517-319 6803,
Building Inspections - 517 319 6821,
Electrical - 517-319-6807,
Mechanical - 517-319-6983,
Plumbing - 517-319-6816,
Front Staff - 517-319-6871/319-6810

Staff will be check email/voicemail and will return messages as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


The Building Division protects the safety of the built environment of the City through regulation of new and existing buildings, including newly constructed, altered or changed buildings. To ensure the safety of the community, the Building Division follows a permit process that allows the City to monitor and inspect projects for code compliance. The City of East Lansing currently requires projects to comply with the 2015 Michigan Residential code. **Learn about projects that do not require a permit here.** 
Permit Application Required Common Project Associated with...
What Type & When A License is Required (PDF)  
Building Permit (PDF)

new roof, re-roofing, egress windows, alterations, additions

Click here to view the Building Division Fees.

Plumbing Permit water heaters, sprinkler systems
Mechanical Permit furnace/heater, air conditioners
Electrical Permit

lighting fixtures, fire alarm systems

Paving Permit (PDF)  paving
Sign Construction Permit (PDF) commercial signs

Certificate of Appropriateness

exterior work in Historic Districts
To apply for a permit online, click here