Building Safety

In an effort to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public and City of Lansing employees, we are reducing our services for the foreseeable future. The City is actively monitoring the situation and hopes to restore full services as soon as possible.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, The Building Safety Office will be closed to the public. Inspections are now being done for projects that pose a safe work environment.  Our Inspectors will be using appropriate PPE deemed necessary.  If for any reason the Inspector does not feel safe due to lack of PPE from others on the job site or lack of social distancing, the inspection will be re-scheduled for a later date.  Plan reviews and administrative operations will continue with possible delays. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The information below serves as a reminder to contractors and permit holders, due to cancellation of past inspections.

The 2015 Michigan Residential Code (MRC) Section R109.4 states:
 “Approval required. Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the building official. The building official upon notification shall make the requested inspections and shall either indicate the portion of the construction that is satisfactory as completed, or shall notify the permit holder or agent of the permit holder wherein portion of the construction fails to comply with this code. The notification shall include specific reference to the code chapter and section numbers in violation in writing. Any portions that do not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the building official.” 
As such, the permit holder does have a responsibility to obtain inspections.

The Michigan Building Code 2015 (MBC) Section 110 [A] 110.1 states: Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid. It shall be the duty of the owner or the owner's authorized agent to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes. Neither the building official nor the jurisdiction shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.

If work proceeds beyond a point where inspection is to occur, there may be ramifications for future approvals on the project. Please keep this in mind while working on your construction projects.

These steps are being taken for the safety and health of not only staff, but the public as well. Staff will continue to provide the best level of service possible under current conditions.

For questions concerning any trades please contact for:
Building 517-483-4167
Electrical 517-483-4369
Mechanical 517-483-4577
Plumbing 517-483-4367

For Contractors

Start the process by accessing AccessMyGov.

For Licensed Design Professionals

Permit Information

If you are looking for permit applications and/or further information, you can find them viewing the Trade Permits page. You can access these and other documents on the Forms page.

Rental Dwellings

Rental dwelling registration and inspection is under the jurisdiction of Code Enforcement.