What is a Same-Day Permit?
Same-Day (or "Over-the-Counter") Permits are permits you
get the same day you apply for them. They are available for minor projects
that are considered "accessory residential structures". No commercial
properties are included in this service. Examples of Same-Day Permit
When is this service available, and where do I go?
This service is only available Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. You must come to the Western
Washtenaw County Service Center, located 705 North Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor
(see location page).
What do I need to bring with me?
You must submit the following to receive your Same-Day
Zoning Compliance Permit
This permit from your loal municipality, which includes your
property I.D. number from your tax statement, tells the Building
Department that the location and use of your construction project has been
approved by your township or village. It is not a permit to build. It is
not an approval of your plans.
Two (2) sets of plans signed and/or stamped by the
All plans must be drawn to scale, and must
show footings, elevations, cross-sectional views, location of doors and
wondows, structural elements, and enough plan views to show what is being
constructed (including floor plans). Before and after floor plans are also
required for fire repairs, remodels or alterations to existing residential
or commercial buildings. Plans must show dimensions and lumber sizes,
spans and intervals. Lists of building materials and specifications will
not be accepted in lieu of plans. Drawings that do not show lumber sizes
and dimensions will not be accepted as plans.
Environmental Health Approval.
Washtenaw County Planning & Environment -
Development Services Division requires a
Water Supply and/or Sewage Disposal Permit. Approval is either a
permit or a memo to approve the type of sewage disposal and/or water
supply you plan to use. It is not a plumbing permit or sewer permit. It
may be required for non-habitable construction, such as a garage or a
deck. It is always required for habitable construction. For complete
information, call Planning & Environment at 734-222-3800.
Two complete site plans.
Two site plans clearly indicating all structures, any
setback, any new structures and any additions, location of well(s),
drainfield(s), and drainfield expansion area(s), if applicable. Site Plans
must show elevation markings, and where the water runoff will go. Site
plans must be scaled at 1 inch equals 40 feet or larger.
Application for Building Permit.
You must include the address where the construction will take
place. A lot number is not sufficient. Specific directions to the site
must be included. Note: The person who is applying for
the permit must appear in person, or have a letter of authorization or
power of attorney from the owner.
Other requirements, as
Contractor's License - Licensed contractors must bring their licenses
and register them with Building Inspection.
Permit - If you are building within 500 feet of surface
water (lakes, ponds, streams, drains, wetlands) or if you are disturbing
more than one acre of land, you must have this permit. The application,
which includes all requirements for this permit, is available at the
Building Inspection counter.
Structural Design Loads and Calculations - For all commercial plans.
Occupant Load - For commercial plans where applicable.
Construction Classification and Use Group- Required to be shown on
Architect Seal and Signature - Required for residential construction
with building area in excess of 3,500 square feet.
For more information, contact the
Building Department for your jurisdiction.