Building Inspection

Submit all applications or documents by dropping them off in person during normal business hours or via email to evansk@porthuron.org or by mailing in your documents to 100 McMorran Blvd, Port Huron, MI  48060 Attention:  Building Department.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 810-984-9733, fax 810-984-5384.

Payment can be made to “City of Port Huron” via check or money order and sent via US Postal Service or by using the website here: https://bsaonline.com/OnlinePayment/OnlinePaymentSearch/?PaymentApplicationType=7&uid=617


Required applications are available in the Forms and Documents section.

Building Permits Required for:


With Plans, Plot Plan & Mortgage Survey
:
New Buildings
New Homes
Sun Rooms
Commercial Additions
Residential Additions
Residential Decks
Porches – Front & Rear
Garages
Sheds (over 120 sq. ft.) (falls under a building permit)
Sheds (under 120 sq. ft.) (Zoning - still requires a permit but falls under a zoning permit rather than a building permit)
Interior Alterations
Exterior Alterations
Kitchen remodel when set ups are re-arranged
Basement Finishes

With Mortgage Survey / Plot Plan
Concrete Patios (Zoning Permit)
Driveways (Zoning Permit)
Fences (Zoning Permit)
Sidewalks (Zoning Permit and / Right of Way of Right)
Approaches (Right of Way Permit)
Curb Cuts (Right of Way Permit)
Hot Tubs (Zoning Permit)
Pools – over 24” deep (Including portable & storable pools; requires building & electrical permits)

With Out Plans
Roofs – house and/or garage
Windows
Doors (new & replaced)
Siding
Demolition 

Separate permits for electrical, plumbing, & mechanical (Most common but not all):
Plumbing Alterations
Sump Pumps
Furnaces
Air Conditioners
Gas Piping
Hot Water Tanks
Electrical Reconnects
Smoke Detectors
Electrical Alterations  

Permits are not required for:
Kitchen Cabinets (replacing same set up)
Painting
Carpeting
Tile
Moveable partitions 
(If you expose the sub-floor, you will need a permit)
(If you expose the studs in a wall, you will need a permit)

Not Allowed:
Tents 
Tarps
Moving Trailers / Pods/Storage Containers
Cannot live in a RV/Trailer in the City of Port Huron

What if I don’t get a building permit?

If your area requires a building permit and you go ahead without one, these are some possible issues you could face down the road:

  • Unforeseen safety concerns, especially if you are building it yourself and are not familiar with the process.
  • Legal issues including fines and sanctions, and the possibility of having to tear down your structure and start from scratch.
  • Neighbors who may notice that you are installing new structures and could notify the city, leading to a visit from a local inspector.
  • Building permit issues if you decide to sell your property (rare, but not unheard of).