General Building FAQs
1. What are residential setback requirements?
In a R-1, R-2, and R-3 One-Family Residential District, a
parcel requires 16'-0" side setbacks, 40'-0" front setback and
a 35'-0" rear setback. A corner parcel with two street fronts
is considered two front yards. Therefore, the two fronts are
required to have 40'0" setbacks. A Planned Unit Development (PUD)
and multi-family Residential Districts differ from the above
setbacks. Other setback restrictions are available in the
Township Zoning Ordinance.
2. What is considered an Accessory Structure?
Decks, swimming pools, fences, generators, air-conditioning
units, and yard sheds, are all considered accessory
3. What am I required to submit for a building permit
for an Accessory Structure permit?
A completed building permit application, subdivision
association comments, three sets of plot plans with the
structure dimensioned on the plan, three sets of plans,
applicable elevations, a dimensioned cross section with
materials called out (if applicable), the date of Zoning Board
of Appeals approval (if applicable).
4. What building codes does Bloomfield Township enforce
for building compliance?
Presently, under State law, the Township is required to
enforce the State Construction Codes for Building, Electrical,
Mechanical, Plumbing and Barrier Free. The State of Michigan,
Bureau of Construction Codes, can provide information of these
codes at 517.241.9313.
5. I moved to the Township and would like to review the
set of building plans used for the construction of my house
and submitted to the Township for a building permit in the
past. Does the Township Building Department have blueprints on
file and available for review?
If a building permit was issued for new construction or
alterations to a residence within the past 15 years, the
Building Department may have blueprints available. Please call
the Building Department in advance to request blueprints for
6. What can I do if my builder does not meet my
Avoid problems with a builder by checking if a residential
builder is licensed with the State of Michigan. We recommend
contacting the State of Michigan Consumer Industry and
Services at 517.241.9347 or the Better Business Bureau at
248.644.9100 to check if there have been any previous
are subdivision association comments?
application for a building permit, we suggest that you become
familiar with your subdivision deeds, conditions and
restrictions that may apply to your residential project, as
these restrictions may be different than those covered under
the Township Zoning Ordinance and state building codes. Your
deed restrictions are privately regulated and enforced by your
subdivision association, not the Township.
do I need to know about utilities before I begin construction?
beginning construction, contact Miss Dig at 800.482.7171 to
identify and mark the underground utilities. If it is
necessary to install or modify electrical service, contact DTE
Energy at 800.477.4747. Click here for more
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