Frequently Asked Questions
What code is currently in effect for Macomb Township?
Building - 2009 Michigan Building and Residental Codes
Plumbing - 2009 Michigan Plumbing Code
Mechanical - 2009 Michigan Mechanical Code
Electrical - 2011 National Electrical Code, 2011 Michigan Electrical Code Rules Part 8 and 2009 Michigan Residential Code
I / my builder paid $2000 bond for finish grading.
When does that have to be completed and when is my money returned?
The Macomb Township Water and Sewer Department mandate when all bonded grades must be completed. You may call them to find out the date at (586) 598-0687. Once final grade has been approved, the bond money is generally refunded within 4 to 6 weeks of the grade approval.
To check the most current flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) please click here.
For concerns or questions about mold/mildew contact the
Macomb County Health Department please click here.
My sidewalk is cracked. Who do I contact to fix it?
If it is the public sidewalk, you may contact the building department to inspect the sidewalk. If it is determined the sidewalk needs to be replaced, we will coordinate with our sidewalk repair contractor
to repair the sidewalk.
Do I need a permit to cut down a tree on my property?
No. As long as the tree is on your property you may remove it. If a tree is on the lot line, you may only cut the portion that infringes on your property.
How do I pay for my Building Permit?
The Macomb Township Treasury Department takes cash or check only.
Can I move boxes into my home before final approval?
Since these situations often include extenuating circumstances, approval must be obtained from the Building Official or his assistant.
Who do I report a violation of my subdivision association rules to?
Usually, you must report those violations to a board member of your homeowners association. However, if the violation is also covered under Macomb Township Ordinance, you may report it to our Code Enforcement Officer at (586) 992-0710.
Where do I obtain a copy of my Homeowners Association By-laws?
These are obtained from the Macomb County Registrar of Deeds. You may contact them by telephone at (586) 469-7953.
Can I get a permit for a shed, deck, pool, fence, etc…before my
a final Certificate of Occupancy?
No. A final Certificate of Occupancy must be issued and the buyer have their name on the property deed before applying for permits.
Can I pull a permit for work done on my own property?
Yes! You can pull any permit for work done on your property. If you are having a contractor perform any portion of the work, we highly suggest having the contractor pull the permit. This way, we can hold them responsible for work done improperly. It is no faster or cheaper for a homeowner permit versus a contractor permit.
How long does it take to receive my permit once I apply?
Since we review permits on a first-come, first-served basis, time for receiving permits back varies with the season. The best time to apply for permits is February through April, when we are a little slower and turnaround time is much faster than in the busy summer months.
Can I use a mortgage survey in place of a plot plan?
The plot plan is a survey completed when the house was built and has already been reviewed by the Building Department. Please call us to request a copy of your plot plan. Your plot plan may be in storage and it may take a few days for us to obtain your records.
Calling ahead will save you an extra trip.
I have a vacant lot near me that is overgrown with weeds and standing water
Where do I go for help?
You may call the Macomb Township Ordinance Enforcement Division. They will contact the owner of the lot and help to resolve the situation.
There is a home being built next door to me with debris all over. Who do I call?
In this case, please contact the Building Department. We will notify the building inspector that is covering your area and they will notify the builder to clean the area.
The streets in my subdivision are very dirty. Who do I call to get them cleaned?
Every person obtaining a building permit must also obtain a Soil Erosion permit from the Macomb County Drain Commission. When the streets in a subdivision get bad enough,
the Drain Commission will shut the subdivision down to inspections until the streets
are cleaned. You may call them at (586) 469-5325.
Can I fax or E-mail my Building Permit Application?
Unfortunately, no. We are required to take in applications with only the original signature of the homeowner or the license holder. You may mail in your application, but be sure to check it over well.
An incomplete application will be mailed back and cost you valuable time.
Where do I place my mailbox?
The United States Post Office determines where a mailbox can be placed.
You may contact the Post Office at 800-275-8777 or visit them on the web.