Building Division

Division of Buildings and Safety Engineering

The Building Division is responsible for the enforcement of building codes and zoning ordinances and subsequently maintaining records concerning the construction, alteration, or demolition of buildings or structures.
In 2004 a Michigan State law went into effect causing all communities to adopt and enforce two uniform building codes known as the “Michigan Building Code” and the “Michigan Residential Code”. The purpose of the codes are to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

The Building Division is proud to serve the community and consider our responsibilities to be a public service. Our mission is to provide an efficient user friendly permit process and to maintain accurate records which will help provide a high standard of living in the City of Warren.

Applications & Information Available Online

For the convenience of the public, several forms and information sheets are available from this Web page. Click on the links below or in the menu to the left to print out a form or information sheet.

(The documents below will open as a .pdf file in your Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You can view each document or go to the “file” pulldown menu and go to “print.” If you are printing large documents to letter-sized paper, in the print window under “Copies and Adjustment,” check off the “Shrink oversized pages to paper size”option).

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List of items that require a Building Permit

Division of Building & Safety Engineering Personnel

Medical Marihuana

Applications and information related to Medical Marihuana

Application for Residential Medical Marihuana Growth/Cultivation related to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act:

Administrative Safety Inspections
Ordinance: Medical Marihuana – Residential Districts Section 5.01

Application for Medical Marihuana Growth/Cultivation located in Industrial districts in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act:

Certificate of Compliance Application for Medical Marihuana Facilities
Certificate of Compliance Application for Medical Marihuana Facility Units
Ordinance: Medical Marihuana – Industrial Districts Section 17.02

Applications for Medical Marihuana Facilities in compliance with the Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Act:

(The application fee for a Medical Marihuana Facility is $5,000 per license as established by council. Of the total required fee, two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) is non-refundable. If the application is withdrawn or denied, the remainder of the fee will be returned to the applicant)
The City of Warren will begin accepting the following applications on December 18th, 2018:

MMFLA Facility Application
MMFLA Provisioning Center Facility License Application **
**Applications for Medical Marihuana Provisioning Centers will not be accepted after February 15, 2019

Marihuana Facility Bond Form (Do not submit this form until instructed to do so)
MMFLA Refund Application


Dean James
Acting Building Director

One City Square Suite 305
One City Square, Warren, MI, USA
(586) 574-4577