Building Department

Welcome to the City of Southfield Building Department. The Building Department serves residents and businesses by supporting new construction projects, renovation of existing properties, and building expansion within the City of Southfield.

Our staff is dedicated to providing user-friendly, professional customer service in order to make it easier for individuals and companies to achieve their building objectives and comply with building codes, zoning requirements, and City ordinances.

The Building Department, in cooperation with other City divisions such as the Planning Department and the Business Development Team, actively encourages investment and reinvestment so that the City remains an attractive and vibrant community in which to live and work.

The City adopts codes and zoning policies to protect the health, safety and quality of life of Southfield residents. Enforcement of these regulations results in a number of benefits: a more beautiful community, stable neighborhoods, and a safe, secure and balanced environment. Anyone planning to build or improve his or her property should thoroughly review the information in this site.

The Building Department’s goal is to provide comprehensive, consistent, and clear information on the codes and ordinances that need to be followed, so please call us at (248) 796-4100 if you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed on this site. 

Department Hours:

Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Online permit applications and inspection requests click here:


Permit applications and other payments will not be accepted or issued after 4:00 p.m. Cash, check, money orders, credit/debit (except American Express) are accepted.

The Building Department does not issue same day Building permits.