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Building Dept.

Before you can obtain a building permit you must verify if zoning approval is required. Some examples would be opening a business, constructing a building or addition, erecting a sign, or a number of other activities. A site plan or special use permit application may be required. Certain types of zoning approval can be issued by the Zoning Administrator; other situations require action by the Planning Commission.

Building permits are required for new construction, additions, alterations and many improvement projects to residential and commercial buildings in the City. Also included would be garages, storage buildings, sheds, pools, roofing, siding and signs. Permits are required whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor. Some projects may require a mechanical, plumbing or electrical permit instead of or in addition to a building permit.

Building Inspector
Chris Hall

Electrical Inspector
Jeff Johnson

Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector
Jim Callender

Department of Public Works
2055 Warner Street
Whitehall, MI 49461

Scroll down for links to permit forms and the permit fee schedule.


The type of project will determine at what stage and how many inspections are required. It is the permit holders’ responsibility to call for inspections prior to construction, wiring, plumbing and mechanical being covered. Please allow at least twenty four (24) hours’ notice for inspections. Please call inspectors directly to set up dates and times for inspection. Additional fees apply if you call for an inspection and the project is not ready when the inspector arrives.