Building Department

Department of Health and Building Safety 

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Welcome to the City of Melvindale Building Department.  Our goal is to work to enforce the highest safety standards for the functional care, installation, repair, and maintenance of all structures.  The Building Department serves the needs of both residents, commercial property owners, and developers.  We are dedicated to promoting and preserving the safety of our citizens here in Melvindale. 

Builders, homeowners and contractors deserve a professional experience from every member of our staff. We pride ourselves on educating all customers we come in contact with. The Building Division is responsible for ensuring the life safety of all persons in the City of Melvindale relating to the construction of all commercial and residential structures, through enforcing compliance of the current codes. This is achieved by examination of submitted plans and conducting necessary inspections to assure compliance with all City of Melvindale building codes and ordinances.

 Make online Building Department payments here: City of Melvindale BS&A Online Portal


For best results print all documents 2 sided.

1.  Certificate of Occupancy (Sale Inspection)

       A Certificate of Occupancy Inspection is REQUIRED PRIOR TO ALL SALES. 

-          Certificate of Occupancy Readiness Package
 The Package above Includes all of the individual forms as listed below.

o   Certificate of Occupancy General Process   - step by step description of the C of O process

o   Occupancy Residential Checklist- general list of items that the inspector reviews

o   Certificate of Occupancy Application

o   Fees and Scheduling

2.  Certificate of Compliance (Rental Inspection)
       A Certificate of Compliance inspection is required every 2 years for all qualified rentals.  A property qualifies as a rental if individual(s) that do not include the owner of the property are occupying the premises. 


-          Certificate of Compliance Readiness Package
 The Package above includes all of the individual forms as listed below.

o   Certificate of Compliance General Process – step by step description of the C of C process

o   Certificate of Compliance Application

o   Rental Registration Application

o   Fees & Enforcements

Landlords & Tenants A Practical Guide (Wayne County pdf)

3.  Apartment Complex Inspections
            Apartment Complex inspections are due every 2 years.  Contact the City of Melvindale Building Department to schedule your inspections.

4.  Permits
            This is where property owners and contractors can obtain the forms for all permits needed to do work on their homes or businesses in the City. Permits are good for 6 months from issuance date. 

Any property owner contracting work should always check to be sure that their contractor is registered and has the required permit. As part of the City's registration, all contractors shall provide a performance bond and proper insurance coverage which will help protect the homeowner.  The Building Department annually registers all licensed contractors who intend to work in the City.  Registration forms available below.

Building Permits

-          General Building

o   Roof/Accessory Structures/General

o   Sign permits must include plans

-          Fence

o   Requires preapproval by inspector

o   Requires post hole and final inspection

o   May not exceed 6 ft

o   Call 1-800-MISS-DIGG before you dig.

-          New Construction/Addition

o   Plan Review Required (see item #6 Plan Reviews)

-          Zoning Permit (cement)

o   Requires preapproval by inspector

o   Form and final inspections are required for all cement. 

o   Call 1-800-MISS-DIGG before you dig.

-          Special Use Permit

o   City wide permits/dumpster tracking/etc

o   Contact our office if you think your permit might fall under special use

            Plumbing Permit Application

-          General Plumbing Permit Application

-          Sewer Repair Application

o   May require escrow


All furnace installations require both a mechanical installation and electrical hook-up permit and final inspection. Emergency work may be done without a permit, but must be permitted within 48 hours, weekends and holidays will be taken into consideration.

-          Mechanical Permit Application

-          Furnace Safety Test General Form


-          Electrical Permit Application

o   Noted some items listed on the permit may not be completed by a homeowner.  A licensed contractor is required to complete the work.

"Section 23a of the state construction code act of 1972, 1972 PA 230, MCL 125.1523a, prohibits a person from conspiring to circumvent the licensing requirements of this state relating to persons who are to perform work on a residential building or a residential structure. Violators of section 23a are subjected to civil fines."

5.  Contractor Registration and Information 

            All contractors doing work, with or without the need for permit, within the city limits are required to be registered with the City of Melvindale Building Department.  The fee for all contractor registrations is $15.

Building Contractor Registration

-          Covers: Building, Special Use, Fence, Sign, Zoning and some Miscellaneous Permits.

-          Expires 05/31

Plumbing Contractor Registration

-          Covers: Plumbing, Sewer

-          Expires with License

Mechanical Contractor Registration

-          Covers: Mechanical, Sprinkler

-          Expires with License

Electrical Contractor Registration

-          Covers: Electrical

-          Expires at year end

General Proxy Letter

-  Requires Notary.  Notary available at Melvindale City Hall. Fees may apply.

6.  Plan Reviews 

-          Plan Review Application

7.  Zoning
            Areas of land are divided by appropriate authorities into zones within which various uses are permitted. Check out our zoning map.

-          Zoning Map

8. Planning Commission
            Planning Commission Intent and purpose.  The purpose of a public hearing is for the Planning Commission to gather information about whether a proposed zoning or special use application meets certain standards. Written and oral testimony is invited from applicants, nearby property owners, and other interested persons. The Planning Commission then reviews the facts presented at the hearing and advises the City Council whether the application meets applicable ordinance requirements and planning guidelines. Applications should be submitted no later than 3 weeks before the scheduled Planning Commission Meeting.  The Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. if scheduled.  Applicants must submit plans for commercial building, change of an existing zoning classification, change of grade, lot split, lot consolidation, wireless antenna or tower, and any other commercial projects to be located within the City.

Application and Plans must be submitted by 12:00 pm fourteen (14) days prior to the Planning Commission Meeting:

Eight (8) sets of complete drawings

One (1) reduced set (11" x 17") of plans

-          Site Plan Review Application

-          Zoning Commission Board of Appeals

9.  Fees
            -           City of Melvindale Building Department Detailed Fee Schedule

Latest property inspection rates effective as of September 15, 2013. Payments may be made in person or by mail.  Payment Methods accepted by the City of Melvindale Building Department are:

-          Cash

-          Check

-          Money Order

10.  Notices
            Building Department Notices - Updated 08/07/2018

01/03/2018 :  January 2018 Rental Inspection Changes – Updated 08/07/2018

The City of Melvindale Building Department enforces the following State of Michigan Codes:

2015 Michigan Uniform Energy Code – Commercial

2015 Michigan Building Code

2015 Michigan Mechanical Code

2015 Michigan Plumbing Code

2016 Michigan Rehabilitation Code   

2014 Michigan Part 8. Electrical Code

2015 Michigan Residential Code

2015 Michigan Energy Code – Residential

(chapter 11 in residential code)

2015 International Property Maintenance Code

11.  Enforcements
            Court and Tickets may be handled at the following location:

            24th  District Allen Park/MelvindaleDistrict Court

6515 Roosevelt Road
Allen Park, MI 48101-2524


12.  FOIA
          The City Clerk's Office is the coordinator for all Freedom of Information Act requests. Mail the application to the City Clerks Office at 3100 Oakwood Blvd, Melvindale MI 48122, deliver it to us in person, or fax it to us at (313) 383-3993. You will be advised of the cost involved.

          FOIA Application

City of Melvindale Ordinance
            State of Michigan LARA 
            National Building and Safety Code
            Wayne County Department of Health and Safety



3100 Oakwood Boulevard      

Melvindale, MI 48122

Phone: 313-429-1060

Fax: 313-383-3993


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Municipal Offices

3100 Oakwood Blvd.
Melvindale, MI 48122
P: 313.429.1040
F: 313.383.3993

Regular business hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. for lunch

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