Building Inspection


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Based on Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-70, inspections have resumed as of May 7, 2020.

Our front office is not open at this time, but we have a drop box outside our building at 705 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor to drop off applications and payments.

You can schedule inspections through the IVR system at 734-222-3720 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected] until our office reopens to the public.

Please wait for a confirmation email to verify your inspection date when requesting inspections through either of the emails. You can also fax inspection requests to 734-222-3930 and again you will need to wait for a confirmation email to verify your inspection date. 

Inspectors will be wearing face coverings and observing social distancing so we will expect the same courtesy upon entering structures for inspections. Contractors/homeowners on site for inspections will be expected to be wearing face coverings. 

Inspection time frames will be handled as usual by calling inspection staff between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 am. Here are the inspectors’ direct phone numbers:

  • John Hamlin - Building - (734) 222-6814
  • Lance Mitchell - Building - (734) 222-3887
  • Don Schnettler - Electrical - (734) 222-3982
  • Don Ratliff - Plumbing/Mechanical - (734) 222-3898

See the previous postings for permit processing, this remains the same until the office reopens to the public.

We will continue to provide service for any life/safety issues. 

Please contact Deb Schmitt via email if you feel that you have an emergency situation.

We will attempt to continue processing permits via fax and by mail on an irregular basis. Hopefully a couple times per week. If you have other issues that you feel are urgent please contact t Deb Schmitt via email

***We are now the enforcing agency for Sharon Township effective June 15, 2019-See "PERMIT REQUIREMENTS" for our application process***

Washtenaw County Building Inspection provides enforcement of the State Construction Code to ensure the minimum safety standards of building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems to protect residential and commercial building users.


Washtenaw County Building Inspection covers these jurisdictions:

Please call 734-222-3900 for questions and assistance with permits and inspections.

Outside of Jurisdiction

We do not cover these jurisdictions:

Please contact the local municipality for more information.

Inspection Requests

Call 734-222-3720 to request an inspection. Automated system available 24 hours a day so you can schedule inspections and check inspection results when it's convenient for you!


Visit our eConnect website for permits.