Construction Inspection

The Building Inspection department helps to insure public health and safety as well as provides a safeguard for quality construction of residential and commercial structures in the city. 
The building code division issues building permits for new construction and alterations to the interior and exterior of structures. It also reviews site plans and conducts occupancy inspections for new and existing buildings. Zoning enforcement is also conducted through this division of the department. Typical zoning code violations include: derelict and unlicensed autos, debris and garbage accumulation, repairs by unlicensed contractors.

Permits are also issued for electrical, mechanical and plumbing work. Permit applications are available at the Inspection Department, 3rd floor of Adrian City Hall. The Building department is available Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. The Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Inspectors are available on the following schedule:

With 24 hour notice
Building - Monday-Thursday (am & pm) 
Electrical – Tuesday & Thursday (a.m.)
Mechanical – Monday-Wednesday-Friday (PM)
Plumbing – Monday-Wednesday-Friday (PM)
Fee schedule
Please see individual applications for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing for fee schedule. (Updated 06/2022)
Contacts & Resources
MISS DIG: 800-482-7171 or 811
Consumers Energy (electric): 800-477-5050
Citizens Gas Fuel Co. (gas): 517-265-2144

Contact Us
To schedule an inspection call our Inspection Department at 517-264-4814.

All applications for the Community Development Department can also be found in the Reference Desk section of our website.

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Applications10 documents

  • Application for Certificate of Occupancy
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  • Building Permit Application -General-
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  • Building Permit Application -ROOFING-
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  • Building Permit Application -SWIMMING POOL-
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  • Electrical Permit Application
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  • Historic District Commission Certificate of Appropriateness Application
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  • Mechanical Permit Application
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  • Plumbing Permit Application
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  • Sign Permit Application
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  • Zoning Compliance Application
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Handouts13 documents

  • Accessory Buildings
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  • Commercial Industrial Permit Requirements
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  • Corner Clearance
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  • COVID Inspection Protocol]
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  • Decks, Stairs, Handrails
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  • Fence Regulations I
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  • Fence Regulations II
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  • Garages
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  • Residential Permit Requirements
    document Header Residential Permit Requirements
  • Roofing
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  • Sheds
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  • Swimming Pools & Spas
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  • Wheelchair Ramps Residential Use
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