City ordinances require permits, for a variety of activities, in order to safeguard the health and welfare of residents and businesses within the City.  Permit applications can be filled out online and mailed with the appropriate payment, or brought into the City Office.  The City Council adopts the permit fee schedule.


Notes Regarding Building Permits and Soil Erosion Permits

Building permits are required before building anything.  They are available from the Washtenaw County Building Department.  However, prior to obtaining a building permit a Zoning Compliance Permit must be obtained from the City Community Development Department. Please see the Zoning Permits page.

Soil Erosion Permits:  Please contact the Washtenaw County Soil Erosion Department for permit information.

Permits and Forms

General Permits and Forms

  • Committee/Commission Application
  • Committee/Commission Application for Student Representatives
  • Complaint Form/Request for Service
  • Controlled Burn Permit Application
  • Employment Application
  • Freedom of Information Act Request Form
  • Hawkers and Peddlers Application
  • Main Street Banner Permit Application
  • Oversize/Overweight Vehicles Permit
  • Pavement Sealant Applicator Registration Application
  • Property Addressing Application
  • Push Cart Permit Application

Assessing Forms

  • Address or Name Change Form
  • Hardship Application Form
  • Property Tax Deferment Form
  • 2368 - Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit
  • 3711 - Report of Heavy Earth Moving Equipment Claimed as Exempt Inventory
  • L-4143 – Statement of Qualified Personal Property by a Qualified Business
  • L-4175 – Personal Property Statement
  • 4640 – Conditional Rescission of a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)
  • 4660 - Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Active Duty Military Affidavit
  • 4983 - Foreclosure Entity Conditional Rescission of a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)
  • 5076 - Small Business Property Tax Exemption Claim
  • 5277 - Affidavit to Rescind Exemption of Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property Defined
  • 5278 - Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property Tax Exemption Claim, Personal Property Statement, and Report of Fair Market Value of Qualified New and Previously Existing Personal Property

Election Forms

  • Absentee Ballot Application Form
  • Permanent Absentee Voter List Application Form
  • Precinct Worker Application Form

Parks and Tree Permits and Forms

  • Park Use/Special Event Permit
  • Donation Form
  • Geotrail Form
  • Tree Order Form
  • Tree Work Permit

Planning Permits and Forms

  • Engineering Standards
  • Planned Unit Development
  • Site Plans
  • Environmental Checklist
  • Special Use Application

Zoning Permits

  • Building and Construction
  • Building Use and Occupation
  • Rezoning and Zoning Appeals
  • Signs
  • Code Complaint Form
  • Right of Way Permit
  • Land Division/Combination Application