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Ross Rogien
Building Official
269-637-0789 ph
269-277-8573 cell
(269) 637-0097 fax

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Building Inspection

Construction projects which require Building Permits:

This is a list of the most common construction projects and work that need a permit.

Commercial Buildings:
Any structural change, structural modification or change of use requires a permit or review. Please contact the Building Services Department for an application.

Other Buildings:

  • New buildings
  • Renovations
  • Accessory buildings
  • Pools
  • Temporary buildings
  • Fences
  • Roofing
  • Electrical systems
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Additions
  • Plumbing systems
  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Manufactured homes
  • HVAC systems (heating, air conditioning)
  • Driveways
  • Demolition
  • Prefabricated structures
  • Curb cuts
  • Sidewalks
  • Satellite dish
  • New kitchen or bathroom
  • Hot tub
  • Siding
  • Gazebo
  • Docks
  • Signs
  • Electrical work
  • Structural alterations

  • If you do not see your project listed here or have questions, please call (269)-637-0789.

    Projects that do not require a permit:

  • Painting
  • Carpet
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Landscaping (plants)
  • Any portable heating appliance
  • Any portable ventilation equipment
  • Any portable cooling unit
  • Repair or replacement of defective faucets or valves, provided that alterations are not made in existing piping.

  • Why a Building Permit?

    1. Building Permits provide a means for Code Officials to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and therefore ensuring the public health, safety and welfare.

    2. The Building Permit process promotes understanding and education of building codes, local laws and ordinances. Contractor and homeowner knowledge of construction materials and procedures is essential to safe, quality construction.

    3. Building Permits provide the means for Code Officials to inspect construction to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used.

    The City of South Haven adopted the most recent edition of the Michigan Building Code.

    "This code shall control all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, location, occupancy, and maintenance of all buildings and structures, and shall apply to existing or proposed buildings and structures."