Due to Governor Whitmer’s executive order “Stay Home, Stay Safe” to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan that is in effect for at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, unless they’re a part of the critical infrastructure workforce.

Building and property inspections, unless related to an important health, safety and welfare need (such as the loss of heat, water or electrical service) are not part of the critical infrastructure workforce defined in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order.  As a result, issuance of noncritical building permits and completion of building and property inspections are temporarily suspended until such time the Executive Order is no longer in effect or applicable to inspection services. 

If you do need a building permit or inspection that is critical in nature, please contact
269-329-4466.  A response to your request will be provided as soon as possible.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  

Christopher Forth, AICP
Interim Director
City of Portage Department of Community Development

Permits, Forms and Applications

Permits are required for construction activities on properties within the city.  These applications are used to reduce potential hazards and unsafe construction practices.  Please contact the Department of Community Development to learn more about these services at 269-329-4466.

Track Your Permit

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  3. Search by address, Name, Parcel Number or Building Department Record Number

FAQ’s for Permits Forms & Applications

Residential Projects

Projects are listed below with sample sketches. All drawings and sketches are required for submittal.  All plans if applicable must be attached prior to submitting for review.  

For additional information please read How to Obtain a Residential Building Application.

Trade Permits

Applications for residential projects may require trade permits.  Please complete and submit any necessary applications for your project.  Once your application is submitted please allow our staff time to process your application.  Payments can be made online after the permit is processed by our staff.  To make an online payment click on the green online payment button above. 

Residential Building Brochures

Informational brochures are provided below.

Commercial Projects