City of Harper Woods
19617 Harper, Harper Woods, MI 48225
Building Department 

The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of all codes relating to the use, occupancy and construction of all buildings in Harper Woods.  All construction plans are reviewed and given approval by the Building Department before permits are issued.  Licensed inspectors ensure that all structures meet  safety and code requirements.  Homeowners, architects and builders are welcome to meet with the Building Inspector and other relevant City  Departments prior to the start of any construction project to ensure that the project will meet the required codes.  When necessary, some project requests will be referred to either the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals for approval before the issuance of permits.  

In an effort to maintain the appearance of the City and control blight, the Building Department is also responsible for residential code enforcement.  Please direct any code enforcement concerns to either the phone number or e-mail address listed below.

If you have any questions concerning the above, please contact 313-343-2526 or send an e-mail to


Contractor Registration Form

Harper Woods Fee Schedule to Pay All City Invoices Online (the cost is 2.95% - subject to change) and Search all Property Information

Certificate of Occupancy

Vacant/Abandoned Residential Property Registration

Vacant Property Application

Rental Certificate of Compliance Application


Permit Applications:

Building (includes Roof, Sign, Siding/Windows, Garage, Waterproofing and Pools)


Fence Construction Information

Fire Inspection



Roof Hold Harmless Form

Portable Storage Container (PODS)

Shed Guidelines


Building Guides -

     Basement Finishing



     Residential Additions

     Residential Re-Roofing


Site Plan Guide

Site Plan - Commercial

Site Plan - Residential

Plan Review Application

Zoning Map

Zoning Ordinance - 2013-04

Sign Ordinance

Planning Commission Site Plan Application

Telecommunication Right of Way Permit Application


  Inspector Contacts - Fax 313-343-2519

*     Chief Building Official - Jim LaPalm - 313-343-2526;  

*     Permit Technician - 313-343-2526