Building Inspection

Beginning May 22, 2023, and until further notice, office hours for Building Inspection phone and walk-in service are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please also consider using these non-contact services: 

Request an inspection online through our Energov portal, permits.ewashtenaw.orgOnly the owner of the permit can schedule the inspection through the portal. Read these instructions to connect your CSS account to existing permits.

Request an inspection through our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system (866-458-7358) for permits issued after June 21, 2021. For permits issued before June 21, 2021, please call our office (734-222-3900) or fax the request (734-222-3930).

Building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permit applications can be submitted by mail, fax (734-222-3930) or secure drop box (705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor). The secure drop box is a white box in front of our office building. Please make sure to reference your property address or permit number to ensure correct payment posting.

Permit pick up can be done by calling (734-222-3900) or faxing (734-222-3930) credit card payment information. After payment processing, we will call you to notify you that your permit is available in our lobby pick-up area, which is accessible Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor).

Certificates of occupancy (C of O) will be available after processing in our lobby pick-up area, which is accessible Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor).

Inspection time frames will be handled as usual by calling inspection staff between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 am. These are the inspectors’ direct phone numbers:

  • Lance Mitchell - Building: 734-222-3887
  • Kevin Lee - Building: 734-222-6814
  • Joe Flis - Electrical: 734-222-3868
  • Don Ratliff - Plumbing/Mechanical: 734-222-3898

Washtenaw County Building Inspection provides enforcement of the State Construction Code to ensure the minimum safety standards of building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems to protect residential and commercial building users.


Washtenaw County Building Inspection covers these jurisdictions:

Please call 734-222-3900 for questions and assistance with permits and inspections.

Outside of Jurisdiction

We do not cover these jurisdictions:

Please contact the local municipality for more information.