Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department

We create safe environments for city residents.


The Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED) will continue to support Social Distancing by strongly encouraging taking advantage of the free online portals. If you must visit the BSEED offices you will be required to make an appointment for all services.

You will also be required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth and adhere to the distancing guidelines imposed.

  • Access online services 24/7. Click Here!
  • Understand the full scope of your projects before you get started with our helpful online permitting tool. Click Here!
  • Make an appointment from you desktop or laptop (Click Here!) or download the free QLess app to your mobile device

The new QLess Appointment Program allows customers to get in line from a website at home or work, receive SMS text messages of their place in line and wait-time, and arrive at the location when it is time for their appointment.

  • Customers will schedule appointments from the BSEED webpage or from the easily downloadable free QLess App
  • Customers are allowed to make appointments Mon-Thurs
  • Customers are notified an hour prior to the appointment allowing the City time to confirm the appointment as well as allowing customers to cancel or reschedule
  • Customers will have the ability to book an appointment for a future day and time
  • Customers receive appointment reminders as the time of the appointment approaches, QLess automatically places the customer into your virtual queue

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.


Board of Appeals Hearing Notice

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. for locations at 2800 W. Grand Blvd.

Sign Permits

Information on the requirements for applying for a Sign Permit and the installation of advertising and business signs in the City of Detroit can be found on the Sign Permits webpage.


The City of Detroit announces Phase 2 of the Central Business District Advertising Permit Application Waiting List Entry Form process in accordance with the Chapter 4 Advertising And Signs Ordinance. The form acceptance process will be as follows:

Beginning at 10 a.m. on February 22, 2021, All owners, or their representatives, of buildings located in the Central Business District may complete and submit the Electronic Waiting List Entry Form. The electronic form can be obtained from the "Sign Permits" web link. 

For a copy of the current Advertising And Signs Ordinance click the following link: Chapter 4 Sign Ordinance (12-9-20)

Special Land Use Hearings

BSEED Zoning Division will be holding Special Land Use Hearings. See the Zoning Division Page for additional details.

2021 Notice of Wrecking Board of Examiners Meetings

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.

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Construction inspections are still ongoing via Zoom. An in-person inspection is available only if the location is following COVID-19 safety protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.). 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].

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


Property Maintenance
Property Maintenance has resumed non-emergency interior inspections by appointment only with the exception of emergencies. We will continue to enforce on all exterior violations on both occupied and unoccupied structures (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.
  • If you would like to make a complaint about: illegal dumping, tall weeds, or other solid waste environmental issues, submit a complaint on Improve Detroit HERE.
  • All other environmental complaints can be sent via email to [email protected].