Permits & Inspections
Virtual Inspections Program
The City of Sterling Heights Building Department now offers virtual inspections. Our Virtual Inspections Program allows for off-site virtual inspections for a permit holder to utilize on select inspections.
View more information on the Virtual Inspections Program here.
Schedule a Witness Test with Fire Department
(For fire suppression, fire alarms, and kitchen hood systems)
To schedule a witness test, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request at least 5 days in advance with your preferred date and time (any time after 10:00 a.m.). Please include the following information:
- Address of job site
- Permit number
- Contractor contact information
- Type of test to be performed
We will confirm the date and time via email. If you have any further questions related to Fire Department witness tests only, please contact us at email@example.com or call 586-446-2955.
Electrical, plumbing, mechanical and roofing permits can be completed and submitted on-line by homeowners and licensed contractors. Permits can also be mailed into the Office of Building but can NOT be faxed in for processing.
Please note, request for Electrical Service Upgrades and Air Conditioning Permits must be done in-person or mailed in to the City of Sterling Heights, ATTN: Building Department. For more information, click here.
The following permits cannot be obtained online: a building permit to perform any structural changes, i.e. decks, sheds, additions, pools, etc. A review has to be conducted on these types of new construction projects therefore they CANNOT be obtained online.
All other forms & permits must be printed and submitted to:
City of Sterling Heights
Office of Building
40555 Utica Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Adobe Acrobat Reader
To download and print forms or permits, install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer.
- Appeal Application (PDF)
- Building Permit Application
- Contractor Registration Application (PDF)
- Drain Waste Vent Testing Certification (PDF)
- Electrical Permit Application (PDF)
- Fence Permit Application (PDF)
- Fire Alarm Permit Application (PDF)
- Mechanical Permit Application (PDF)
- Plumbing Permit Application
- Residential Plan Review Checklist (PDF)
- Special Inspection Application (PDF)
- Use Permit Application (PDF)
- Sign Permit Application
- Fire Suppression Permit Application 2020-21
Apply for a Permit
Click HERE to apply for a homeowner permit.
See the Homeowner Permit Brochure (PDF).
If you are a licensed and registered contractor, you must have an account and pin number to submit a permit. Click HERE to create an account.
Click HERE to apply for a contractor permit.
See the Contractor Building Permit Brochure (PDF).
All inspections are scheduled on-line.
Click HERE to schedule a homeowner inspection.
See the Homeowner Inspection Brochure (PDF)
If you are a contractor, you must have an account and pin number to schedule an inspection. Click HERE to create an account.
Click HERE to schedule a contractor inspection.
See the Contractor Inspection Brochure (PDF)