Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department

We create safe environments for city residents.

The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) mission is to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the general public as it pertains to buildings and their environs in an efficient, cost effective, user friendly and professional manner. BSEED enforces construction, property maintenance, environmental compliance and zoning codes, which preserve and enhance property values and promote a quality of life to make Detroit a preferred place to reside and conduct business.


Special Land Use Hearings Notice

BSEED Zoning Division will be holding Special Land Use Hearings:

May 27th

8631 Second Ave. at 9:00 a.m.

Dial-in Number: 1-267-831-0333

8710 Second Ave. at 9:45 a.m.

Dial-in Number: 1-267-831-0333

Additional temporary department updates due to COVID-19 include:

Special land use and site plan reviews can now be submitted online through the BSEED website. Please email [email protected] or call 313-268-6690 for any additional questions or concerns. For information on a specific address or parcel please visit the zoning website.


DRC/Plan Review
All meetings will now be held virtually. Information on online permitting can be found here. Information on online plan review/plan uploads can be found here.

Key contacts


Construction inspections have been temporarily been suspended. Emergency complaint inspections will move forward on an as-needed. Construction requested office appointments can be done virtually, via Zoom or Skype by sending a request to our general email: [email protected].

Key contacts


Licenses and Permits
Apply for a business license or permit here
For general inquiries, feel free to contact us at [email protected].


Property Maintenance
BSEED is currently only doing interior inspections for emergency complaints. All other non-emergency interior inspections will be scheduled for a later date. The department will continue to enforce on exterior violations (graffiti, overgrowth, debris.) DAH has delayed all new court dates and adjourned all current cases. This will provide all owners ample time to correct any exterior issues. DAH will notify owners via mail on all date changes.

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Environmental Affairs
Submit a request for a right of entry here.
SeeClickFix inspections have been temporarily suspended.
All other environmental complaints can be sent via email to [email protected].