Construction Code

Department Update

Grand Traverse County offices at the Governmental Center, Public Services, and Health Services Buildings will be available for in person services by appointment only.  Individuals must have an appointment and will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing while inside County buildings.  County provided services will continue to be available by phone, drop box and online services for contactless options.



Please apply for all new permits online through Grand Traverse County's Electronic Permit and Inspection Center!

  • 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

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

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.

There will be limited electrical inspections for the foreseeable future, please plan accordingly.

Daily inspections (pdf)

Updated each weekday between 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Week of May 10th

Please provide access to job sites by removing any obstacles or the inspection may not take place.

Estimated wait for Plan Review:  2 weeks

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, 2015 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!