Building Department


The building department has written information available for various types of construction projects. Projects which require permits include: new construction, structural changes, decks, swimming pools, accessory buildings, and ponds. In addition to a building permit, permits are required for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work. Examples include lawn sprinklers, fireplaces, and replacing or adding a furnace or air conditioning, among others. Check with the department regarding your project.

To obtain a building permit construction plans must be submitted to the department for review along with site plans and permits from other agencies if required. A complete list of these requirements is available from our office. The Macomb County Health Department regulates and issues permits for wells and septic fields. Residential plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits are issued without a separate review process if construction is under 3,500 square feet.

All Inspectors in Ray Township are part time inspectors; they will return phone calls during the day as their inspection schedule allows. Twenty-four hour notice is required for scheduling inspections. Inspections can be scheduled in person or by phone. Information necessary for scheduling inspections includes: type of inspection, job address, date inspection is needed, name & phone number of caller, and any special entry instructions.


Lisa Hall Building Administrator / Planning & Zoning
586-749-5171, ext.203


For building permits please check our Forms & Applications Page