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Permit Process in Metro Detroit

Introduction

One of the questions we always get when we start a project is “when can we get started?” This is a fairly difficult question to answer sometimes. It really depends on a few different factors. What city do you live in, does your project need a permit, does your neighborhood have an HOA, and of course how is the weather?

Let me give you an example. If you live in Canton and want to replace your driveway all the way to the road we will have to get a permit from Canton for the driveway and another permit from Wayne County for the sidewalk and the approach. If you have an HOA we have to submit the project to them before we can even start the process of getting the permits. Most cities will take 7-14 working days to review the plans we submit before they issue the permit. Both authorities will need something called an “open form” inspection, this is them looking at the project right before we pour. In Canton we are looking at 2 weeks before they can get out there to do the inspection, Wayne usually does the inspection the next day. Once the concrete is poured we then have to call for a “final inspection”, possibly having to wait for another 2 weeks for them to come out. You will be able to use your driveway while waiting for the final inspection. We do our very best to make the permit process easier by doing some proper planning before we even get started on a project. So a simple driveway could actually take up to 3 weeks to complete. If you live in Ferndale and do the same project we are able to get the entire thing done in just 3 days. Most of the cities in Metro Detroit move fairly quickly, so the example above is an extreme case.