Building & Inspection Services
The Building and Inspection Services Division is located on the second floor of the Administration Building. This division is responsible for ensuring that township standards for local building codes, ordinances, and construction are met.
The division also issues multiple fence, pool, plumbing, mechanical, compliance, electrical and other miscellaneous permits.
Building and Inspection Services hosts the very popular Home Improvement Expo each year during the first weekend in March. For more information call 734/394-5200.
New Vacant Property Registration and Maintenance Ordinance
In an effort to help protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, maintain property values and protect our utility system, Canton has adopted a new ordinance that requires all properties that have been vacant / unoccupied for over 30 days to be registered with the township.
Under the new Ordinance, property owners will have 30 days to register vacant properties by submitting a registration form to Canton’s Building and Inspection Services Division. Once registered, staff will perform a safety and blight inspection of the exterior, owners will need to complete a checklist form certifying the condition of the structure’s interior. Property owners will be responsible for any maintenance code or ordinance violations revealed during the inspection. Failure to comply will result in a civil infraction penalty.
Fees under the new ordinance total $110 and include both the registration and inspection fees. Please note, vacant properties must be registered annually.
For more information on Canton’s new Vacant Property Registration and Maintenace ordinance or to report a vacant property in your subdivision please call Building and Inspection Services at 394-5200.
Obtaining a Permit
Many home improvements require a building permit from Canton's Building and Inspection Services Division. Before making any additions or improvements to property in the township, it is important to check if any permits are required for the project. The Master Deed or Covenants and Restrictions should also be checked, as there may be some restrictions that apply for a particular development.
Many homeowners' associations may also have an Architectural Review Committee that serves as the review board for any projects that affect the property. This committee usually requires a sketch of proposed projects for their review. Once they grant approval the approved drawing with signature(s) need to be brought back to the Building and Inspection Services Division to accompany the permit application.