Construction Permits

Right Of Way Permits

The Engineering Department oversees permits including the following activities: any digging or construction with the City’s right-of-way (ROW), sidewalks, new driveway approaches, culvert installations, storm sewer taps, banners, parking lot and road closures. For information, regarding permits and their costs please contact our office at 517-264-4894.

For any construction within the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) right-of-way permits shall be obtained through the Jackson Transportation Service Center (TSC).  MDOT Permits must be obtained through their electronic permitting system here. MDOT rights-of-way within the City of Adrian city limits are:

  • M52: N. Main Street– between Front Street to northern city limits
  • M52: Front Street – between N. Main Street to Broad Street
  • M52: Broad Street – between E. Front Street to E. Church Street
  • M52: Church Street – between Broad Street to S. Main Street
  • M52: S. Main Street – between Church Street to US-223
  • M34: W. Beecher Street – between S. Main Street to Sand Creek Highway
  • US-223 BR: W. Maumee Street – between US-223 to W. Church Street
  • US-223 BR: W. Church Street – between W. Maumee Street to S. Main Street.


Right Of Way Work/ Closure Application

Sidewalk Rehabilitation

Sidewalk rehabilitation projects are managed through the Engineering Department. We administer City Ordinances 48-4.48 and 48-4.49 for sidewalk repair and maintenance. This is generally done by complaint bases. Condemned sidewalk is generally marked with an “X” to show that it meets our criteria for an unsafe sidewalk. The ordinances state these costs are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.

Due to the influence of trees on sidewalks, the City pays for 1/3 of all condemned sidewalk repairs. As a cost saving measure, the City grinds small mismatches in sidewalks. This grinding is done at no cost to the owner however; the mismatch must be ¾” or less to meet our criteria for grinding. If any owner of properties where grinding has occurred does not like the finished look of the slab, the owner may choose to replace the section at their cost.
Permits are required for all sidewalk work within the City’s right-of-way. Contact the Engineering Department for a permit 517-264-4894.

City Sidewalk Rehab Ordinance

Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Permits

The Engineering Department is an Authorized Public Agency (APA) for the enforcement of the Part 91 of the Natural Resources & Environmental Protection Act. “Part 91 provides for the control of soil erosion and protects the waters of the state from sedimentation. The Act is applicable to all earth change activities that disturb one or more acres of land or occurs within 500 feet of a water body.”

All construction projects require a soil erosion sedimentation plan must be submitted for review by the Lenawee County Drain Commission, if it meets the requirements to Part 91. You can contact the Lenawee County Drain Commission at 517-264-4696.

Building Permits/Inspections

The Community Development Department administers building code inspections including plumbing, mechanical and electrical, rental housing code compliance, zoning ordinances, and housing redevelopment.
Click here to go to Community Development for Site Plan, Zoning, and Inspection permits along with other information.

Parking Permits

Residential On-Street Parking Permits

The Engineering Department administers the temporary and annual on-street parking permits for local residential streets around the city. No parking is allowed on any city street between 3:00am and 6:00am without a special permit.

Rules and Stipulations
  1. The City is not responsible for any damage to vehicles or removal of the vehicle if it is plowed in.
  2. The City will not return to "clean up" snow or rubbish if vehicle was parked in the way during the normal service time.
  3. In case of an emergency, the City may call the phone number listed above in order to have the car removed from it's current location. If there is no answer, the vehicle may be ticketed or towed.
  4. The vehicle must be parked in front of address listed above. Vehicles parked at at another location overnight may be ticketed or towed unless previously approved by the City.
  5. Permit tags shall not be passed from vehicle to vehicle. Permits will be revoked if that is discover to be the case.
  6. On-Street Parking Permits are excluded from the 100 blocks of Main and Maumee Streets as well as all State Highways.
  7. Annual permits will expire on January 1st. each year. Temporary Permits are issued for a maximum of two (2) months unless agreed upon by the City.
Parking is prohibited as follows:
  1.  Within an area that blocks the use of a Public or Private Driveway, emergency exit, or the delivery of mail.
  2. Within 15 Ft. of an Intersection based upon intersecting property lines.
  3. Within 15 Ft. of a Fire Hydrant.
  4. On or within 20 Ft. of a Crosswalk.
  5. Within 30 Ft. of a flashing beacon, stop sign, yield sign or traffic-control signal.
  6. Within 50 Ft. of the nearest railroad crossing.
  7. Within 20 Ft. of a driveway to a fire station or 75 Ft. on the opposite side of the street.
  8. Within an area that obstructs the delivery of mail.
  9. Where posted no stopping, standing, or parking or on a bridge.

Temporary on-street residential parking permits cost of $15 per month per vehicle.

Annual on-street residential parking permits are available for purchase at a cost of $150 per calendar year per vehicle. 

A one time nonrefundable inspection fee is also assessed at a cost of $50.

An application must be filled out at the City Clerk’s Department on the second floor of City Hall. For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 517-264-4866.

When issued this permit, vehicles must be removed from the streets if a snow emergency is declared.

On-Street Parking Permit