When do I need sealed plans versus unsealed plans?
Plans detailing one-and two-family residential dwellings having less than 3,500 square feet of finished area and alterations and repair work determined by the respective plan review/inspection official to be of a minor nature need not be sealed.
We request that one (1) complete set be submitted, at least five (5) working days in advance of when the permit is needed, as follows:
Building Plans - Site plan, foundation and floor plan, roof and wall section, stairway and riser plan and building elevations.
When a Seal is Required for Building Plans: One-and two-family residential dwellings having more than 3,500 square feet of finished area and ALL other structures.
Electrical Plans - See building plans above. When a Seal is Required for Electrical Plans: The wiring or alteration to an electrical system is more than 400 amps and is in excess of 3,500 square feet in all buildings.
Mechanical Plans - See building plans above. When a Seal is Required for Mechanical: (1) One-and two-family dwellings when the total building heating/cooling system input rating is 375,000 Btu's or more. (2) Business, mercantile, and storage buildings having more than just HVAC equipment, more than one fire area and are more than 3,500 square feet. (3) Work completed by a governmental subdivision or state agency costing more than $15,000.00.
Plumbing Plans - See building plans above. When a Seal is Required for Plumbing Plans: (1) One-and two-family dwellings containing more than 3,500 square feet of building area. (2) Assembly, Business, Mercantile, and Storage buildings with a required plumbing fixture count of more than 12. (3) Work completed by a governmental subdivision or state agency costing more than $15,000.00.
Energy Code Plans - Floor plans, building sections, details, average annual degree days, exterior envelope component materials, "U" values of elements, "R"values of insulating materials, size and type of apparatus and equipment, energy calculations.
What will I need to get a permit?
This will vary depending on what type of permit you are seeking. For a building permit, you will need detailed drawings of the proposed construction.
The drawing should include: site plan, foundation plan, floor plans, elevations and wall section showing basic materials and methods of construction.
1. An application from the building department. (Available here).
2. A soil erosion permit may be required from Saginaw County.
3. Other permits as may be required by the Health Department, the Michigan Department of Transportation and other applicable agencies, which may include the Department of Environmental Quality.
4. For commercial projects, an architect or engineer is required to prepare the drawings for other than minor work as determined by the building official.
5. For commercial projects, review of the site plan by the Planning Commission may be required.
6. The proper fee.
For other permits (electrical, mechanical, plumbing) the level of detail required depends on the complexity and nature of the project.
How much is a permit (Building, electrical, plumbing mechanical)?
How long will it take to get my permit?
If all of the required elements are submitted with a completed permit application and the appropriate fee, it normally only takes a few days. Projects requiring a written plan review will take approximately two weeks.
How long is my permit good?
Once issued, the project must commence within 6 months of that date. Work on the project may not be abandoned for more than 6 months at a time.
What construction related codes are in effect in the City of Frankenmuth?
CODES IN EFFECT (01/2019)
State Construction Codes (2015 MBC [eff. 04-20-17] 2015 MRC; includes MI Energy Code [eff. 02-08-16]; 2017 National Electrical Code
[eff. 01-04-19]; 2015 MI Mechanical Code [eff. 04-12-17]; 2015 MI Plumbing Code [eff. 04-20-17]); ICC A117.1-2009 (Barrier Free);
2006 Int'l Property Maintenance Code; City of Frankenmuth Storm Water Management Ordinance/Plan.
Where can I put my deck, pool, or addition?
Please see additional information regarding accessory structures and zoning questions here AND call the office at 989-652-9901 to discuss your specific situation.
Do I need a permit for any and all work?
Siding, exchange of same size doors & windows, landscaping, paving your drive, and an accessory building of 160 square feet or less. If you are located in the Historic Preservation District, you should check for additional guidance.
Do I need a permit to roof my house?
If you are merely removing and replacing shingles, you do not need a permit. If the work involves replacing any portion of the structure or replacing the support structures or wood underneath you most likely need a permit. Call 989-652-9901.