Commercial Plan Review

The Building Safety Office is now performing plan reviews electronically. To begin the electronic plan review process, the design professional needs to be licensed in the State of Michigan and complete the "Design Professional Email Packet" listed below.  The "Design Professional In Responsible Charge Form" also listed below, should be completed for every project applied for.

You will receive further information on registering once you have made your request. Once the online plan review application has been approved by our staff, the plan review fee must be paid in person or online for the construction documents to be placed in the plan review queue.   

Due to the influx of projects in the City of Lansing, our plan review time has now been increased from 10 business days to 15 to 20 business days.

***Recent Change***  All fire alarm and fire suppression alterations, modifications, additions and new construction must come through Building Safety Commercial Plan Review.   

The City of Lansing enforces the 2015 Michigan Building Code (incorporating the 2015 International Building Code with State amendments) for commercial and multi-family structures. The State amendments can be found at the Bureau of Construction Codes.

Please note that plan review fees are rounded up to the next whole dollar (see narrative).

New buildings and additions larger than 1,000 square feet require a site plan review as well as a Building Plan Review. Please consult the Site Plan Review page for further information.

If you would like to appeal the decision of an Inspector or plans analyst, obtain a variance from a code requirement, or use an alternative method or material, you must file an appeal with the Building Board of Appeals.

See Building Appeals (PDF) to get the application in PDF format. Print the appeals form, complete it, and submit the form including any required attachments along with the required fee (payable to "City of Lansing") to the Building Safety Office.