Plan Review

The Plan Review Division is responsible for ensuring that developments or building projects comply with the City of Detroit adopted Ordinances and Codes. The staff performs review of the permit application and plans for the proposed projects.

Getting to the Finish Line

How to Apply for permits online

Watch some helpful videos that will walk you through the application process and plan review process.

Step 1. Create an eLaps account
Step 2. Submit an application for permit online
Step 3. Access your ePlans account and upload drawings
Step 4. Check the status of your project in ePlans
Step 5. Submit corrections or download approved plans
Step 6. Download your permit from eLaps

Click here for a Step-by-Step Guide that breaks down the process

Building Permits: Make sure you submit the appropriate & required documents to obtain your building permit.

Sign Permits

As of December 9, 2020, Chapter 4 of the 2019 Detroit City Code Advertising and Signs Ordinance for advertisement and business signs was amended.

Check out the Sign Permits page for information about the changes and FAQs about applying for Sign Permits. 

How to Request a Pre-Plan Consultation

If you have Building Code or Trade Code related questions, you can request a Pre-Plan Consultation meeting to answer questions prior to your submission 

Apply for a Pre-Plan Consultation here!


Plan review involves the verification of compliance to City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance, Michigan Building Code, Michigan Residential Code, Michigan Rehabilitation Code, Michigan Electrical Code, Michigan Mechanical Code, Michigan Plumbing Code, International Fuel Gas Code, City Elevator Code and Boiler Code. 

The division also coordinates the plan reviews with various other City Departments and Agencies such as Health, Water & Sewerage, City Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Planning & Development, City Planning Commission and Fire Marshal for their reviews and approvals, thus making sure that other pertinent codes and ordinances are followed in the design and execution of the project. 

The division reviews and approves Building Permits, Demolition Permits, Sign Permits, Awning Permits, and Temporary Use Permits.