|Who Pulls the Permit ? ?|
HOMEOWNER - A homeowner can pull a Building Permit if he is doing the improvement himself. A homeowner can only pull plumbing, electrical or mechanical permits if he is homesteading the property and living in the home. A landlord who is renting a house, claiming non-homestead, may only pull a building permit for improvements. Plumbing, electrical or mechanical permits must be pulled by a licensed contractor to do the repairs.
HIRING A CONTRACTOR - If you are hiring a contractor to do the work for you, the contractor SHOULD pull the permit themselves. Having the contractor pull the permit, puts the liability of the job onto the contractor and not yourself, as a homeowner. The cost of the permit is the same for contractor or homeowner. An inspection or several inspections are required for every permit pulled and included in the permit fee. All inspections are done by a city inspector who will make sure that the work is done to state code regulations. If the work doesn't meet the state code regulations, then the person who pulled the permit is liable for the required repairs to pass the final inspection. A contractor must be registered with the City of Westland and licensed by the State of Michigan in order to pull permits to work in Westland. The required registration fee for contractors is $15.00 for building, mechanical, or electrical contractors. Plumbing contractors registration fee is $1.00. An application for registration must be filled out to register as a builder contractor, Click here for application for building contractor registration form. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors only need copies of all their trade licenses, drivers license and insurance policies to register, no application is necessary.
A permit fee is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and the inspection process. Once the permit is issued, work can begin.
On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, codes and plans. More than one inspection is typically required on a project.
Finally, the City Inspector-code official will provide documentation when construction is complete and a final approval will be given when full code compliance is met.