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.

Online Permitting:

 Please use the button below to get onto our online Permitting system.

  1. Bruce Remai

    Building Official

  2. Construction Code

    Physical Address
    2650 LaFranier Road
    Traverse City, MI 49686


Permit Application Process


We strongly encourage you to conduct business with us online at 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

Estimated wait for Plan Review:  Minimum of 2 weeks, commercial plan review may take longer.

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 trade permit 

Daily Inspections 

All disconnect - reconnect inspections must have prior approval with office staff and coordinated with the power company.  

All sewer/water inspections must have prior approval with office staff as well.  Voice mail messages or online requests are not accepted.

**Job sites must be accessible with snow removal completed prior to inspection, if they are not made accessible you may not receive your inspection.**

Todays Inspections 

The week of February 20th, 2024 through February 23rd, 2024.

Updated each weekday between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Daily Inspections List (pdf)

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.