Building Information

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

egress windows, alterations, additions, tents

Click here to view the Building Division Fees.

Roof Permit new roof, re-roofing
Plumbing Permit water heaters, sprinkler systems
Mechanical Permit furnace/heater, air conditioners
Electrical Permit

lighting fixtures, fire alarm systems

Paving Permit paving
Sign Construction Permit commercial signs

Certificate of Appropriateness

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