Building and Trades staff are guided by the Building Code (Chapter 9 of the City's Code of Ordinances). They inspect buildings and issue permits to ensure compliance with the code to protect public health, safety, and the general welfare of Kalamazoo as it relates to buildings, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and fire prevention.
Building & Construction Permits
Before beginning work, please review the pdf requirements for obtaining building permits (299 KB) and obtain the necessary permits. Forms may be submitted my mail, email, or faxed to (269) 337-8513. All forms must be signed whether or not they are submitted electronically. Applicable fees are available in the Community Planning & Development pdf Fee Schedule (2.07 MB) . For questions or to discuss the requirements of a particular project, please contact (269) 337-8026.
Request a hearing
The Building Board of Appeals & Construction Board of Appeals consider appeals regarding the requirements, determinations, and decisions made by the city's building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire inspectors. These boards also grant variances to elements of the building and fire codes in instances where literal application of the code would result in exceptional practical difficulty. In granting variances, the board may approve alternate materials and methods of installation. To request a hearing, please complete the Board of Appeals Application for Hearing at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting you would like to be heard at.