Building & Inspection Services

9UPDATED JUNE 23--Until further notice, Canton’s Building and Inspection Services offices will remain closed to the public.  The first floor of the Canton Administration Building is now open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where you can submit permit applications and plans during the times mentioned above.  You will also be able to retrieve approved plans and permits if arranged through the Building Official.  All communication with the Division will remain by emails, telephone conversations and site visits.

Permit applications are also being accepted via US Mail, Fed Ex, UPS.  After hours, you can use the drop box for small envelopes.  The drop box is located to the right of the main entrance to the Administration Building.  We do not accept permit applications via fax or emails.

Please provide the minimum $40 administration fee for permit application submittals that require a plan review.  For those permit applications that do not require a plan review such as, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, windows, siding, and roofing, the fees must be paid in full with the application submittal.

Plan reviews and permit issuance will be completed in the order they are received, and as soon as possible.  We are not able to provide an estimated time frame for plan reviews or permit issuance.  Please use our online portal link for permit and plan review status checks.  The permit application must be entered before you can check the status.  Entering the permit applications into the system has been delayed due to the high volume of applications received.

You will receive notification of outstanding fees or corrections to be made.  Approved permits will be mailed via US mail unless the plans are larger than 11” X 17”, in this case you will need to contact the Building Official to make special arrangements.

Please continue to watch our site for upcoming online application submittals for Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits. 

Canton Township thanks you in advance for your understanding and patience as we all learn to navigate through this health crisis.

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OnLine Portal 

Applicants can now see the status of their plan reviews via our online portal clicking the link above. After selecting the shortcut, enter the project address or permit number and the most recent application will be at the top of the list. The status can be seen here or for more detailed information select “permit status”. It is there that you can see the progress of individual reviews and inspection results.

Status categories are as follows:

Pending: Applications and plans have been distributed and are in queue to be reviewed

In Plan Check: Plans are actively being reviewed, individual reviews will be visible when completed

Returned for corrections: Once all reviews are complete, requested revisions are sent to the applicant via standard mail and /or email.

Awaiting processing: The plans have been approved and are waiting to be processed. Permit clerks will notify applicants by email and/or phone that the permit is ready for issuance. Outstanding permit fees are given at this time.

Issued: Permit has been issued. Permits will be mailed out if the application was received by mail.

*We try to review plans by the Estimated Completion Date but keep in mind it may change depending on the volume of applications submitted at any given time. (spring and summer months are the busiest.)


The Building and Inspection Services Division is responsible for ensuring that township standards for local building codes, ordinances, and construction are met. In 2015, staff launched the "Residential Rental Inspection Program" which involves inspecting rented units (about 2,000 homes and 8,000 apartment) in the community to ensure the health, safety and wellness of the tenants. The division also issues multiple fence, pool, plumbing, mechanical, compliance, electrical, and other miscellaneous permits.

Obtaining a Permit

Many home improvements require a building permit (PDF) 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 to the Building and Inspection Services Division to accompany the permit application.