Please review the following preliminary requirements. Have all required papers and permits with you when making application for your building permit.
1. Planning review and approval of placement:
Call the Planning Department to inquire about in which zoning district your property is located. If you are on a major thoroughfare your front yard setback distance will vary from standard zoning district. This information will be helpful to you when you draw your scaled plot plan for the Planning Department's review.
2. Scaled Plot Plan:
You are responsible for the accuracy of your plot plan, as well as any other plans submitted. The scaled plot plan will need to be stamped approved by the Planning Department before being submitted, along with the application for your building permit, to the Building Department.
- Building Envelope
- Streets, driveways, and label them
- Indicate lot number, subdivision and sidwell number.
- Include any proposed and existing buildings. Show distance of all new buildings/additions or accessory
structures to the property lines and to each other.
- Indicate location of septic field and well, also distance from any new construction or existing structures.
- Indicate any existing power lines, utility poles or easements.
- Indicate any lakes, streams, ponds or wetlands.
If you cannot meet all zoning requirements you cannot be issued a building permit. You may apply for a variance through the Planning Department. They will supply you with additional information, and meeting schedules of the Zoning Board of Appeals. If your variance is granted, you must then apply for your building permit at the Building Department
3. Grading Plan:
A scaled drawing of the building site, showing all buildings and the direction of surface water runoff of the site. This applies to all new construction. This may be incorporated into the Scaled Plot Plan (see above).
4. Subdivision Association Review:
If you plan construction within a subdivision that has an active association, it is recommended that you have the association review
your construction plans during the planning stage. They may have restrictions other than the ones enforced by the Township.
5. Approved Perk Test:
Contact Oakland County Health Department
Phone: General Information 248-926-3305/248-926-3335
Location: 1010 E. West Maple Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390-3588
Proposed new house construction requires an approved perk test. Proposed additional bedrooms require existing septic system review by the Health Department.
This approved perk test must be included with your building permit application; check to make sure the number of the permit is clearly marked on it.
6. Community Wells:
Contact the Water Resource Commission.
Location: No. 1 Public Works Drive, Waterford, MI 48328
Some Subdivisions have community wells, therefore water connection permits are required.
7. Driveway Approach Permit:
Contact Oakland Road Commission.
Citizen Service Department Phone: 248-858-4835
Permits Phone: 248-858-4835
Location: 2420 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
If your new house will be built on property adjoining an Oakland County Road, you will need a Driveway Approach Permit when you apply for your building permit.
8. Soil Erosion Permit:
Contact Oakland County Drain Commission.
Location: 1 Public Works Drive, Waterford, MI 48328
When building a new house, addition or accessory structure on property adjoining a lake, stream or sub aqueous area, it is required to have the Drain Commission review the location. If building in Highland Township we require a copy of the receipt or permit from the Drain Commission when applying for a building permit.
9. Two Sets of Blueprints - Residential:
Two complete sets of blueprints or drawings must be submitted when applying for a building permit. (A detailed description of the blue print requirements see Appendix A) Plan on at least TWO WEEKS for a print review. One set of prints will be kept on file in the office and the other will be returned to you when you pay for your permit. Comments or corrections to your prints may be noted by the Building Official on your prints. Please look them over at once. Houses over 3,500-sq. ft. require an Architectural Stamp on the prints. No reverse plan will be accepted. All Blueprints or drawings must be drawn to scale no less than 1/4" = 1'.
10. Michigan Uniform Energy Code We accept REScheck and Energy Star software program work sheets to prove compliance to the Michigan Energy Code 2009.
projects require three sets of prints stamped by an Architect and take approximately three weeks for review. Licensed Contractors must pull all Mechanical Permits.
PLEASE NOTE: COMMERCIAL OR MULTI-LIVING: EXTERIOR
LIGHTING WILL REQUIRE A PLANNING REVIEW THROUGH
THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.
12. Proof of Ownership:
Supply a copy of your Deed, Land Contract or Memorandum of Land Contract when making application for new construction.
PURCHASE AGREEMENTS and PROPERTY TRANSFER AFFIDAVITS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AS PROOF OF OWNERSHIP
13. Issuance of Street Number:
This is done at the time of the review. When you obtain your building permit your street number will be issued and printed on your building permit.
14. Posting a Cash Permit Deposit:
If the value of your construction is $1,000.00 or more, you will be required by Highland Township Ordinance that you submit a cash deposit when obtaining your building permit. Under the section called PERMIT DEPOSIT INFROMATION is an explanation of how the cash deposit may affect you. Keep this information with your records. When the job is completed and you have received your Certificate of Occupancy, your deposit will automatically be returned to you, minus refuse collection fee for new construction or any additional inspection fees or outstanding bills. Your refund check will be sent to you by mail within thirty days after your Certificate of Occupancy or Use is issued.
15. Building Permit Fee: NOTE: There will be an application fee due when application is submitted. Call the Department for the fee. The building permit fee is based on the value of the proposed construction. This fee will be paid upon obtaining your approved permit. The building permit is for structural work ONLY. The building permit does not cover Electrical, Plumbing or Heating work. The building permit is good for six (6) months. If progress is shown by receiving an inspection, the permit is good for one (1) year.
16. Obtaining Your Building Permit:
You may pay for your building permit with cash or check only.
The Township does not accept a two party check or credit cards.
NOTE: WHEN REMODELING EXISTING STRUCTURES AND YOU DISCOVER ROTTED MATERIALS, STOP AND CALL THE BUILDING OFFICIAL BEFORE PROCEEDING. IF YOU CONTINUE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE OFFICIAL YOUR PERMIT WILL BE RESCINDED AND ALL FEES WILL BE FORFEIT. IF YOU EXCEED DEMOLISHING
50% OF THE STRUCTURE IT WILL BE CONSIDERED A NEW BUILD.
17. Obtaining Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Permits:
These are separate permits from the building permit. The building permit only covers the structural work and does not permit you to do electrical, plumbing or mechanical work. To obtain any of these additional permits you must be prepared to describe exactly what you will be installing in each of these categories. A permit fee will be charged for each permit separately. HOMEOWNERS doing their own work can pull a Homeowners Permit. If a contractor is doing the work they must obtain the permit in their company name in order to work on the job in question.
18. All Mechanical Contractors:
Please include a readable copy of your contractor's license and driver's license.
- WORK DONE PRIOR TO PULLING A PERMIT IS SUBJECT TO A DOUBLE FEE.
- THE FIRST PERMIT PULLED EACH YEAR MUST BE DONE IN PERSON. THEREAFTER YOU MAY PULL PERMITS THROUGH THE MAIL.
- WHEN PULLING A PERMIT BY MAIL PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING FOR EACH APPLICATION.
1. Include Building Permit Number, address and job description.
2. Enclose a copy of contractor's license
3. Enclose a copy of contractor's driver's license.
4. Contractor must sign and date permit; or submit a currently dated and notarized letter on company letter head giving permission to an agent to pull permits for licensee.
19. Modular Home Requirements:
- Minimum square footage is 1,000 square feet
- An approval sticker from the State of Michigan must be affixed to the home
- Building System Approval Report from the Department of Labor of Michigan
- HUD approved homes are required to go to the Zoning Administrator for review.
20. Demolition requirements:
-Show proof from Oakland County Health Department that well has been abandon
-Show proof of Electrical Service disconnect from Utility Company
-Show proof of Gas Service disconnect from Utility Company
PLEASE NOTE: A SET OF APPROVED PRINTS
MUST BE ON SITE AT ALL TIMES
Additional phone numbers:
New Telephone service: 1-800-483-4600
Cable - ATT Greater Media of Western Oakland County: 248-698-1606
MISS DIG: 1-800-482-7171
FEES FOR PERMITS ARE DOUBLED IF WORK
HAS STARTED PRIOR TO OBTAINING SAID PERMIT
NO BUILDING PERMITS ACCEPTED BY MAIL/FAX/ELECTRONIC MAIL
If you have any other questions, please contact the Planning Department 248-887-3791, ext. #2.