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 2009 Michigan Residential code.
Home construction
Permit Application Required Common Project Associated with...
Building Permit (PDF)

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

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

lighting fixtures, fire alarm systems

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

Certificate of Appropriateness

exterior work in Historic Districts
Addendum for Commercial Application for Plan Review (PDF) commercial projects
* Click here to view the Building Division Fees.