Charter Township Community Development Department
Planning Home Improvements?
remodeling that old house? Time to finally build that
addition or finish the basement for the extra space you
need? What many people donít realize is that most
home-improvement projects require a
trade permit from the township. Along
with state construction codes, there are many
local ordinances that can
regulate elements of a home-improvement project.
Following are some answers
to frequently asked questions regarding permit requirements. Please
contact the Community Development Department directly with any questions
or for exact construction code regulations.
A homeowner may secure
permits for work he/she is performing on the home where they reside.
State law requires that
a licensed contractor secure permits for renovations to dwellings or
structures where the homeowner does not reside.
Make sure your builder
is licensed, insured, and has obtained the necessary permits. You
can call the State to verify past complaints about a contractor at
Excavation for any
structure, the erection of, addition to, or alteration of any
building or structure shall not occur until a permit is secured.
Building or trade permits are required for all additions or
alterations with the following exceptions:
Accessory structures under 200 square feet
Retaining walls under 4 feet in height
Sidewalks or driveways
Re-Roofing 2nd layer only (tear-off requires a permit)
Painting, carpeting, or other finish work*
pool less than 24Ē in depth
Swings and playground equipment
Window awnings supported by exterior wall
Minor electrical repairs and maintenance*
Minor mechanical repairs and maintenance*
Minor plumbing repairs and maintenance*
determined by the Township Inspector
require a soil erosion permit or waiver and can
be obtained from the Delhi Township Community Development Department.
Existing roof coverings
must be removed when roof has two or more layers of any type of
Construction plans are
site plan which
indicates the property lines and all building dimensions must be
submitted with the permit application.
Application for permits must
be submitted to the Community Development Department for review and
approval. Required applications and code forms are available
online forms page
or contacting the Community Development Department at (517) 694-8281.
Electronic Plan Submission Required for Applications
In addition to the required paper
copies, the Department of Community Development requires plans be
submitted in electronic format. Final Plans should be supplied
electronically by email or on a disk (CD/DVD) before the permit is
Electronic plans should be submitted
in black and white. The preferred file type for electronic plans is in
Tag Image File Format (.TIF). However, we will also accept plans in
Portable Document Format (.PDF) if necessary.
Email all electronic plans
Noelle Tobias, Building Secretary. The file name should be the
address of the project.
Additionally, if any revisions are
made to the plans, required paper copies and an electronic copy shall be
updated and submitted to the Department of Community Development.
If you have any questions, please
contact Kathy Malone at (517) 694-8281.
Department Contact Information