Building Inspection

ATTENTION eConnect users:

AS OF MARCH 31, 2021, you will no longer be able to apply for permits online. The system continues to be extremely unstable. We will be converting to a new system somewhere around June or July and you will be able to create a new account and apply for simple building permits for roofing, siding and windows along with residential electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits at that time.

In the interim you still have multiple ways to apply:

  1. BY FAX – 734-222-3930
  2. BY MAIL (United States Postal Service - USPS)

You will still be able to view information on permits that have already been issued using eConnect.

Thank you in advance for your patience while we enhance your application experience.

The Building Inspection is closed for walk-in service at this time. Please use these non-contact services: 

Specific issues can be handled by calling 734-222-3900.

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 8:30am-5pm (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 8:30am-5pm (705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor).

Inspections can be scheduled using the automated phone system (734-222-3720), fax (734-222-3930) or calling our office (734-222-3900).

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

Lance Mitchell - Building - (734) 222-3887

Don Schnettler - Electrical - (734) 222-3982

Don Ratliff - Plumbing/Mechanical - (734) 222-3898

Inspectors will be wearing face coverings and observing social distancing so we will expect the same courtesy upon entering structures for inspections. Contractors/homeowners on site for inspections will be expected to be wearing face coverings.

If you need to speak to someone, please call 734-222-3900 or email [email protected] Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm.

***We are now the enforcing agency for Sharon Township effective June 15, 2019-See "PERMIT REQUIREMENTS" for our application process***

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.

Inspection Requests

Call 734-222-3720 to request an inspection. Automated system available 24 hours a day so you can schedule inspections and check inspection results when it's convenient for you!


Visit our eConnect website to check your permit status..