Supervising Building Inspector
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.
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.
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
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.
Guide to submit to revise an existing permit
Information required when applying for permits with MRCEB
Step-by-step instructions on the permitting process
DRC/Plan Review staff email contact information
To assist permit applicant with the procedure for submitting permit applications online using eLaps (Accela) and ePlans (ProjectDox)
Federal Regulations on Lead Safety
Building Permit Application
Application for permit for erection of signs and poster boards
Building Permit Form
Application to erect or repair fixed awnings
Application to permit temporary use
DAH Blight Clearance Form
As part of our commitment to innovation and customer service, to provide a more transparent and efficient Plan Review process, The City of Detroit Buildings Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) has launched City of Detroit “ePLANS” for all Conditional Use Hearings, Building Permits, requiring plan review and/or Site Plan Review Applications as part of a major effort to overhaul its permitting operation.
The Building, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED) is pleased to offer citizens, businesses, and visitors access to government services online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Accela / eLAPS. BSEED’s new application allows you to submit your applications for trade licenses, business licenses and permits.
Assistance for customers seeking building permits from BSEED.
Advertising and Sign Permits