Is a building permit required for my project?

Most construction projects require a building permit to ensure compliance with the Portage Zoning Code and Michigan Construction Codes. With regard to zoning requirements for one-family residential building projects, please review the One-Family Zoning Regulations (PDF) and the Lakefront Construction Guide on residential property (PDF). Before the construction, enlargement, alteration, moving or demolition of a building or structure, an owner, or the owner's builder, architect, engineer, or agent, shall submit an application for a building permit.


A permit is not required for ordinary repairs or maintenance. Ordinary repairs to structures do not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exit requirements.

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1. What construction codes (building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical) does the City of Portage administer and enforce?
2. Is a building permit required for my project?
3. Is an electrical permit required for my project?
4. Is a plumbing permit required for my project?
5. Is a mechanical permit required for my project?
6. If a homeowner is doing the work is a permit (building, electrical, plumbing or mechanical) still necessary?
7. Do I need a permit to construct a driveway or work in the public right of way?
8. Do I need a permit for a new roof?
9. Do I need a permit for a fence?
10. When do I have to get a sign permit?
11. Do I need a permit to run a business from my home?
12. Do I need a permit to have an outdoor promotional event for my business?
13. I want to build a shed. What are the requirements and do I need a building permit?
14. I am planning a residential building project. What are the requirements and do I need a building permit?