Building & Trades

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Building and Trades staff are guided by the Building Code (Chapter 9 of the City's Code of Ordinances). They inspect buildings and issue permits to ensure compliance with the code to protect public health, safety, and the general welfare of Kalamazoo as it relates to buildings, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and fire prevention. 

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Building & Construction Permits

Before beginning work, please review the  pdf requirements for obtaining building permits (101 KB)  and obtain the necessary permits. Forms may be submitted my mail, email, or faxed to (269) 337-8513. All forms must be signed whether or not they are submitted electronically. Applicable fees are available in the Community Planning & Development   pdf Fee Schedule (1.05 MB) . For questions or to discuss the requirements of a particular project, please contact (269) 337-8026.

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pdf Application for Building Permit (478 KB) , application for plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work permits must also be submitted
pdf Non-structural Maintenance Permit Application (255 KB) (reroofing, siding, general maintenance/repair)
- Fee payment
- Proof of Consumer's Energy Demo Clearance Agreement
- Proof of water disconnect
- Asbestos and lead survey
- Copy of State of Michigan builders license
- Proof of insurance with the statement provided under Sections 9-275a and 9-275b of the Code of Ordinances
- A copy of the insurance sent to the with IBEX Agency at

Request a hearing

The Building Board of Appeals & Construction Board of Appeals  consider appeals regarding the requirements, determinations, and decisions made by the city's building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire inspectors. These boards also grant variances to elements of the building and fire codes in instances where literal application of the code would result in exceptional practical difficulty. In granting variances, the board may approve alternate materials and methods of installation. To request a hearing, please complete the Board of Appeals Application for Hearing at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting you would like to be heard at. 

pdf Board of Appeals Application for Hearing (158 KB)

City of Kalamazoo

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 (269) 337-8000
 (269) 337-8182
 241 West South Street
     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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