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PDD FAQ

My home is located in a Local Historic District. What do I need to do to get my building permit approved by the Historic District Commission?

Contact HDC staff and they will provide detailed guidance regarding what you will need to submit for review.:

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How do I purchase a vacant lot directly adjacent to my residential property?

Contact the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) at (313) 502-5280 or visit their website, located at www.buildingdetroit.org/sidelots.

How do I purchase City-owned residential properties?

Contact the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) at (313) 502-5280 or visit their website, located at www.buildingdetroit.org.

How do I purchase property owned by the Planning & Development Department?

Contact the Detroit Building Authority (DBA) at (313) 224-4514 for any inquires to purchase PDD-owned property.

I’d like to buy a piece of commercial property in Detroit—a vacant lot and a building. Where is the best place to start?

The City entertains all offers for the purchase or lease of City-owned commercial property on a case by case basis. The City evaluates proposals based on proposed use, offer price and compliance with zoning. All individuals and organizations interested in purchasing or leasing City or DLBA-owned land for commercial and economic development purposes, including agriculture, are encouraged to apply using our online real estate portal: www.detroitmi.gov/properties

Where can I find more information about city-owned properties?

For more information about city-owned properties, please visit: http://www.detroitmi.gov/properties