Building Information

COVID-19 UPDATE: All Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing permits are now being issued. The Building Division is asking that customers request an appointment if they need to see anyone in the Building/Housing Department. All Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits must be applied for online, and inspections can be requested online as well.

For questions concerning any trades, please contact for:

Building Review - (517) 319-6803,
Building Inspections - (517) 319-6921,
Electrical - (517) 319-6807,
Mechanical - (517) 319-6983,
Plumbing - (517) 319-6816,
Front Staff - (517) 319-6871/319-6810

Staff in the office will be limited, but they will be checking 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