Construction Code

About Us

The Grand Traverse County Building Department is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people who visit and live in Grand Traverse County by regulating the construction of our built environment to ensure compliance with construction codes, ordinances, and related rules and regulations.

  1. Bruce Remai

    Building Official

  2. Construction Code

    Physical Address
    2650 LaFranier Road
    Traverse City, MI 49686


    Phone: 231-995-6044

Permit Application Process


Apply for all new permits online through Grand Traverse County's electronic permit and inspection center (EPIC GT)!

  • Once you are registered in EPIC GT, you will be able to apply for new permits and request inspections with our office.
  • Residents can access the EPIC GT portal without an account to view limited information regarding development activity

How to Apply 

Applying for your permit (PDF) 
Log in process (PDF)

Video tutorials 

Register for an account 
How to apply for a building permit 
How to apply for an electrical permit 

Daily Inspections 

There will be limited electrical inspections for the foreseeable future, please plan accordingly.  All disconnect - reconnect inspections must have prior approval with office staff and coordinated with the power company.  Voice mail messages or online requests are not accepted.

Todays Inspections 

Week of November 29th 
Updated each weekday between 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

There will not be any mechanical inspections on December 3rd.

Daily inspections (pdf)

Estimated wait for Plan Review:  2 weeks

Current Construction Codes 

We are using the 2015 Michigan Building Code, 2015 Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings, 2015 Michigan Energy Code, 2015 Michigan Residential Code, 2017 Michigan Electrical Code, 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code, and 2018 Michigan Plumbing Code. 

The State of Michigan (LARA) has revised the rules for the seal of Architects and Engineers to now include the licensee’s full name and license number.
Please see the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, General Rules:
Architects: section R 339.15404, Effective date Feb. 20, 2020.
Engineers: section R 339.16032, Effective date Dec. 10, 2020.

Please note: We no longer accept faxed submissions, please use our email address above.  Please use (231) 995-6044 to reach both Building AND Trade divisions.  Phone number (231) 995-6049 has been retired. Thank you!