Southfield Building Department transitions to entirely online permit application system

April 3, 2023

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Department will no longer accept hard copy requests after June 30, 2023

The Southfield Building Department will transition to a completely digital permitting system over the next several months to increase efficiency and expediency.

The Building Department will discontinue receiving and issuing paper permits, plan reviews, and inspection requests over the counter beginning on June 30, 2023. All permit requests, applications, inspection requests, and the entire plan review process will take place online through BS&A at

The city of Southfield Building Department initially launched the BS&A Online Permit Application System to help streamline the permit application process in August of 2020. Residents and contractors can now apply and pay for all permits and schedule inspections (with few exceptions) right from the comfort of their home or office at BS&A Online also offers users other useful tools such as residential, rental property and other record searches as well as the ability to make additional online payments including property taxes and special assessments.

“The BS&A Online Permit Application Portal not only offers the community a convenient and effective new tool, this system also greatly helps to expedite the entire permit process,” commented Acting Southfield Building Official Charles Woodward. “We are confident that residents and contractors will find this to be a very user-friendly and expeditious new way to do business with the City.”

BS&A Software provides a tightly integrated system of software products designed specifically for municipalities that demand leading-edge, feature-rich solutions at a value price. With over 2,000 municipality customers, they are one of the leading local government software solutions providers. 

For more information, contact the Southfield Building Department at (248) 796-4100.