Summary of Permit/Approval Process

The Building Code. The purpose of the building code is to insure public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction, through structural strength, adequate egress facilities, sanitary equipment, light and ventilation, and fire safety: and, in general, to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the design, erection, repair, removal, demolition or use and occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.

What is a building code? The building code controls all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair removal, demolition, use, location, occupancy, and maintenance of all buildings and structures and their service equipment. The 2012 Michigan Building Code went into effect statewide on October 09, 2014. Provisions for one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses and their accessory structures as identified in R101.2 are included in the 2009 Michigan Residential Code.

Are building permits necessary? Before construction of a building or structure, and owner, or the owner's builder, architect, engineer, or agent shall submit an application in writing to the appropriate enforcing agency for a buiilding permit. A permit is also required when the use or occupancy of a structure or portion thereof is changed.

A permit is not required for ordinary repairs. Ordinary repairs to structures may be made without permit, but such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exit requirements: nor shall ordinary repairs including addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer drainage, drain leader, gas soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.

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"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal."
Building Services

Mission Statement

The dedicated staff of Charter Township of Union work as a team to assure that the built environment and the systems within are sound, safe, and sanitary; building users' health, safety and welfare are protected; and that, through a coordinated program of code compliance, investigation and training, there is a consistent application of standards.

Community and Economic Development Director
Rodney Nanney, AICP
(989)772-4600 ext 232
Building Official
Steve Krotzer
(989) 772-4600 ext 227
Building Department Clerk
Amy Peak
 (989)772-4600 Ext 242



Fee Schedule

Housing Ordinance 2012-08 - The Ordinance adopted October 24, 2012

Current Codes - Listing of the Code edition year as well as important ANSI standards

Check First- Describes when you need a building permit.

Building Permit Application  - Print our application and fill it out before you come in to save time.

Plan Review Application - Michigan Building Code - 2012 Construction Code

Rental Application - Registration and change in owner/agent information

Plan Review Checklist - Describes what is expected on a Plan Review

Grading Plan Review Checklist - Describes what is expected on a Grading Plan Review

Agricultural Structure Affidavit of Use - Required for agricultural buildings

Building Department Resource Library:

Deck Specifications

EPA Mold Guide

EPA Renovate Right

Pole Barn Design Tool

Renovation Record Keeping Checklist

Get Res Check

The Federal Department of Energy provides a computer program to calculate energy efficiency and energy code compliance.  You may download the software at

The Charter Township of Union is not providing this software and makes no warrantees for its use nor assumes any liability for the installation of the software on your computer.

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