Building Department

Tom Dunn, Building Official
Liz Austin, Building Department Clerk/Permit Technician
Mike Davenport, Electrical Inspector
Eric Bowerman, Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector
3720 Keewahdin Road
Fort Gratiot, Michigan 48059
Office: (810) 385-4489, ext.1112
Facsimile: (810) 385-9010
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (lunch 12:30-1:30)
ATTENTION CONTRACTORS AND HOMEOWNERS: PERMIT APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FORMS PAGE
It is the goal of Fort Gratiot Township Building Department to make the process of obtaining permits user friendly. To achieve this goal, we need full cooperation from both contractors and homeowners so we can better work together. For your convenience, we’ve listed some of the guidelines below which outline the process:
DOCUMENTS TO BE
PROVIDED BY CONTRACTOR
DOCUMENTS TO BE PROVIDED BY APPLICANT (HOMEOWNER/CONTRACTOR)
1. Picture I.D. 1. Residential: Two (2) complete sets of prints; Commercial: Three (3) complete sets of prints. Building Dept will retain one full set of prints and will return the additional sets to the applicant upon permit issuance.
2. Proof of license 2. Driveway/Culvert Permit obtained from the SCC Road Commission (if applicable)
3. Proof of Liability Insurance 3. DEQ High Risk Erosion Permit and/or Wetland Assessment (if applicable)
4. Federal I.D. Number 4. Address Application (if applicable)
5. Health Department approval for well/septic and/or Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (if applicable)
6. Site Plan approval (if required by Planning Commission – see Zoning Administrator)
7. FEMA Flood Zone construction (if applicable): Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or professional elevation survey reflecting that the construction location is above flood zone levels. If the proposed work is below the minimum flood zone level, prints must reflect that the construction will meet flood zones standards.
 8. Professional survey reflecting existing structures, proposed construction, setbacks, etc., as required.
After the permit is issued, inspections will need to be conducted by our inspectors at the request of the permit holder. Please contact Liz at (810) 385-4489, ext. 1112 to schedule all inspections. Please try to call 24 hours in advance as our inspectors are part-time. They each attend continuing education classes throughout the year and may not be available.

  • Building Inspector: Tom Dunn – inspects Monday through Friday, 8am – 11:30am
  • Electrical Inspector: Mike Davenport – inspects Monday through Thursday,  8am-1pm
  • Mechanical/Plumbing Inspector: Eric Bowerman – inspects Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30pm-6pm
BASIC STEPS OF BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
1. Applicant fills out application in full for submittal.
2. Applicant submits all paperwork required for approval (see above items)
3. Residential: Two (2) full sets of plans with all structural information completed.
4. Commercial: Three (3) full sets of plans with all structural information completed. If the job is in Birchwood Mall located at 4350 24th Ave, the plans must be signed and sealed with stamped approval of the mall. Unit number must be reflected on the permit application.
5. Applicant allows 10-15 business days for plan review to be completed by the inspectors and 7-10 business days for permit application approval.
6. The applicant will be notified of the plan review results and when the permit is ready for payment and issuance.
INSPECTIONS (MUST PHONE 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE)
ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS BUILDING INSPECTIONS
1. Service 1. Ground Water Investigation (at time of excavation)
2. Rough Electrical 2. Footing (Before the pour of concrete)
3. Final 3. Foundation/Basement
4. Backfill
5. Floor Joist/Decking
6. Rough Framing
7. Insulation
8. Drywall nail pattern before tape & mud (Commercial only)
9. Temporary or Final Occupancy

*NOTE: ADDRESSING MUST BE DISPLAYED ON PROPERTY BEFORE FINAL CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IS ISSUED.

For certain types of construction, not all inspections above will apply. In order to keep construction progressing, it is very important that all required inspections are conducted. Inspection histories are computerized so if you need to know when an inspection was performed, the information can be obtained by a quick phone call to the Building Department.

Setting up an inspection is quick and easy:

1. Call the Building Department (810) 385-4489, ext. 1112.

2. Give the property address, permit number and the best time frame the inspector can access the jobsite. We realize that it is sometimes difficult to predict when you will be ready for an inspection, but please try to call 24 hours in advance as our inspectors are part-time.

Temporary Occupancy “To Stock Only”

This certificate is usually only issued if there is work that is incomplete to the point where the site would be unsafe to occupy, but is finished enough to move belongings in. For example, a moving company delivering furniture or a commercial store stocking shelves.

Final Certificate of Occupancy “Final C of O”

The Final Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the building inspector. Before the building inspector is contacted, you must have final approval from the electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspectors. The last step will be to call the Building Department to request Final Occupancy, which will allow you to move into your new home or business. If Fire Department inspections are required for occupancy, the Building Department will schedule them accordingly.
*If a new business is moving into Fort Gratiot Township, please contact the Planning Department at (810) 385-4489, ext. 1113 to verify that the proposed business is approved for the location. After verification, please contact the Clerk’s Office well in advance to obtain a business license. They can be reached at (810) 385-4489, ext. 1103.