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Minimally, the building inspector will issue a "cease work" order until you obtain the proper building permit. The minimum penalty for doing work without a permit is that you will be charged twice the normal fee for the building permit for the type of work you are having done. If the work being done is in violation of the building codes or the zoning regulations, the work must be changed to comply or else the work must be undone.
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The cost of the permit depends on the type of work to be done and the cost of the project to be completed. All permit fees are regulated by and specified in the Code of Ordinances. You can also call the Building department at 810-424-2782.
The reputable contractors know the requirements and abide by them. Unfortunately, not all contractors comply with the Township code. Remember, it is the property owner who is responsible for ensuring that all work on his/her property is preceded by acquisition of the appropriate permits.
State law requires that all construction work be done by a licensed contractor. Residents are discouraged from hiring unlicensed contractors. Both the unlicensed contractor and the owner who ordered the work may be subject to severe fines and penalties. Call the Building Department at 810-424-2782 to verify a contractor's status before you sign a contract for repairs or construction work.
To protect yourself from a lawsuit, verify that the contractor has adequate workers' compensation and general liability insurance coverage. The Township requires contractors to file proof of such insurance coverage before any work can begin.
Contractors are required to obtain occupational permits in order to solicit or perform any type of construction work in the Township. The Township will not issue the permit unless the contractor first provides proof of the appropriate insurance coverage.