Permits & Applications

Building Permit Process
Building permit fees are based on the value of the proposed work. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical fees are itemized and listed on each application. The Building Department also issues permits for the demolition of a building.

A permit is required for all temporary and permanent signs. See the Zoning Ordinance for signage requirements.

The inspectors are generally in the office during the first hour of the day only. They are in the field  during the remainder of the day and are unavailable by phone.  If you have questions for the inspectors, please call during their office hours:

  • General hours:  Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Summer hours:  Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

For More Information
Clerical staff are in the office all day to assist you with questions relating to permit applications. You can contact our office by phone at 248-674-6238 or by email.

TAKE NOTICE! Waterford Township has updated its permitting and inspection software and that has impacted how you apply for a permit. Please see the following brochures for guidance:

Access Waterford Township Online Permitting and Inspections 

 Application  Description
Building Permit Application (PDF)
Building Permit applications are to be used when structural changes or additions are made to an existing building, for all new construction, permanent signs, pools, decks, and any sheds over 200 square feet.
Electrical Permit Application (PDF)
Electrical Permit applications are to be used when electrical work is planned for either existing structures or new construction.
Mechanical Permit Application (PDF)
Mechanical Permit applications are to be used for all new construction, furnace or air conditioning replacement, installing or replacing humidifiers, de-humidifiers, air cleaners or any other modification of an existing heating.
Plumbing Permit Application (PDF) Plumbing Permit applications are to be used for all new construction, additions to an existing plumbing system, installation of an irrigation system, installation or replacement of water heaters or water softeners, or any other modifications of an existing plumbing system.
Residential Rental Registration Form (PDF)
The Rental Certification Ordinance requires the owners of all residential rental properties to register those properties with the Township. Any buildings or apartment complexes that are currently available for, or being used as, residential rental units are required to submit the registration form.
Fill Permit Application (PDF)
Fill Permits applications are used when the property owner wishes to raise the grade of a property more than 1 foot. This review will ensure that adjacent properties are not adversely affected by the change in grade.
Contractor Registration Form (PDF)  Form required when Contractor will not be present at time of registration.