Building Department

Township of Ray, The Jewel of Macomb County, MI


The Building Department will begin inspections in conjunction with Governor Whitmer’s resolution that allows for building construction to resume in the State of Michigan on May 7, 2020.

The Covid-19 Pandemic is still with us, so to keep our staff and the public we serve safe, our building will remain closed. We have adjusted our business practices and are able to review plans, issue permits and take payments by phone.

Our office staff currently has limited hours, phones and emails will be checked daily for inspection requests and scheduled appropriately. If you have questions please call 586-749-5171 or email, your call or email will be responded to in a timely manner.

Our inspectors will be practicing social distancing and wearing the appropriate protective gear when doing inspections. If you have questions for any of the inspectors please, do not ask them while they are on site, contact the office and they will contact you by phone or email. This is a departure from our normal procedures; however, it is necessary currently. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time – we want to be sure our employees and residents stay safe.

PERMITS: Include current copies of your contractor’s license, driver’s license and insurance information.

Follow this link to our website:  At the bottom of the page click on the forms and applications tab. All building project information packets can be found on this page as well as all application forms.

For trades applications please complete and email form.


Building and Electrical inspections are scheduled Monday thru Friday.

Mechanical and Plumbing inspections are scheduled Monday thru Wednesday and until 12 noon on Thursdays.

NO IN-HOME INSPECTIONS OF OCCUPIED HOMES shall be completed at this time, for the safety of our inspectors and residents.

New Home Builds:

Please request your architect and/or engineer to provide an electronic copy of your plot plan and drawings to Please scan and email all other required documents as listed. All new home builds must have a well installed prior to applying for the building permit.

Other building permit applications

Accessory buildings, above ground and in ground pools, decks, etc., please visit our website under the forms and application tab and search the type of project you will be applying for, please submit all required documents as listed.

If you wish to submit plans for review and permitting, please send them via email or by putting them in the Township drop box along with all appropriate fees.

Payments: Checks can be placed in our drop box, mailed and credit card payment by phone.

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