City of Perry Building Inspector
Phone: (517)625-6155 ext. 229
Rob serves as Building Inspector for the City of Perry. He has been a builder for more than 20-years and a building inspector for 14-years.
In addition to the City of Perry, Rob serves as Building Inspector for multiple communities in Genesee, Saginaw and Shiawassee counties.
Rob and his wife, Jeanette, who reside in Flushing, have two children.
In May 2003, Perry City Council approved Ordinance No. 269 transferring authority of the City’s building inspection responsibilities from the Shiawassee County Building Department to the newly created City of Perry Building Department.
City residents can obtain building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits at Perry City Hall, 203 W. Polly St.; or download them from the “Forms and Permits” section of this Web site. If an appointment or more information is needed, please contact Rob on his cell phone, or by E-mail. Messages may also be left at City Hall, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, (517) 625-6155.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When will my property be evaluated?
The taxable status of real and personal property for a tax year shall be determined as of each December 31 of the immediately preceding year, which is considered tax day. An assessing officer is not restricted to any particular period in the preparation of the assessment roll but may survey, examine, or review properties at any time prior to or after the tax day.
2. When is a permit required?
Permits are required when there is new construction to a building as well as some repair work or alteration to an existing structure. In addition, when a building is to be remodeled or enlarged, a permit shall be required. New work consists of any new construction, commercial or residential, from vacant ground to completed new structure. Projects that are cosmetic, such as new wallpaper, carpet, paint, cabinets or trim work, do not require a permit. Please contact the Building Inspections Department for any questions concerning your specific project.
3. Does a building permit cover electrical/plumbing and mechanical work?
No. Each permit is a separate action. Since each project is unique, please call our office to determine what permits may be necessary for your project.
4. What is the cost of a permit?
Permit costs will vary. Please refer to the City of Perry fee schedule for more information.
5. How long does the review process take on a residential project?
Garages, pools, decks, additions, etc. are usually done while you wait if you have all of the necessary paper work. A new house takes about one to two days.
6. How long does the review process take on commercial/industrial projects?
New projects/ multi-family/parking lots or new additions vary depending on factors such as complex design, size, completeness of design documents, other agency approval, etc. Please contact us with specific questions
7. When do you need a site plan approval through the Planning Department or Planning Commission?
Site plan review is required for any purposed development except single family housing. Contact the Planning Department at City Hall.
8. What construction can begin on a building before issuance of a building permit?
Site grading con occur prior to receipt of a building permit, however, if the grading area is over one acre in size or within 500' of a stream, lake, wetland, etc. a soil erosion permit may be required from the Shiawassee County.
9. Do I need a building permit for siding, roofing, and window replacement?
In Perry yes you do need a permit for this.
10. Is a building permit required for a swimming pool or hot tub?
Building and electrical permit may be required. However you do need a zoning permit.
11. Is a building permit required to finish part of my basement?
Yes enclosing areas in your basement can affect the safe operation of your existing mechanical equipment such as the furnace and home water heater as well as affecting light and ventilation requirments. Creating sleeping room also requires at least one emergency exit egress window in each room. Electrical permits may be required too.
12. Is a building permit required to build an exterior deck?
Yes, the deck must meet code requirements in order to support loads form people, equipment, accessories, etc. Many home improvements stores/lumber yards will provide you with computer software designed construction documents that often can be submitted along with a permit application and site plan. Be sure to advise the deck designer and note on plans if you intend to have unusually heavy accessories on a deck such as a hot tub. They can design the deck to support additional loads.
13. Is a permit required for a new furnace, central air unit, hot water heater, pre-manufactured fireplace, wood stove, gas log fireplace, wall heater, etc.?
Yes a mechanical permit is required. It can be issued to a licensed mechanical contractor or homeowner.
14. Is a permit required for an electrical service panel upgrade?
Yes an electrical permit is required. It can be issued to a licensed electrical contractor or homeowner.
15. What are Building and Zoning Fees?
Please see our permits and fees page for more information on this. You may also call or email Rob for more help.