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Building Department

Building Permits

Construction in the City of Houghton requires a completed Building Permit Application as well as payment of the proper fee (see Building Fees below). Permits are required for all new residential and commercial construction, additions and fences. Permits are also required for demolition of structures. You can print the application and submit to:

City of Houghton
PO Box 606
616 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

Building Permit Application (PDF Format)

If you have further questions about the Building Permit Application process  please call the City of Houghton offices at (906)482-1700 or e-mail .

Building Fees

Section 14-32(a). Building Permit Fees:
Total Cost of Construction Fee ($)
Less than $5,000 25.00
$5,000 to $10,000 50.00
Additions, Remodeling, Garage
(over $10,000)
100.00
New Residential Building 200.00
New Commercial Building
(less than $500,000)
300.00
New Commercial Building
($500,000 to $1,000,000)
500.00
New Commercial Building
($1,000,001 to $5,000,000)
800.00
New Commercial Building
(over $5,000,000)
1,200.00
Other Fee ($)
Fence Permit 5.00
Demolition Permit 25.00
Site Plan Review:

Site Plan Review by the Houghton Planning Commission is required for certain buildings and projects. The Planning Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Special meetings can be held if necessary. There is no fee for a site plan review and a building permit may still be necessary. Following is a list of projects that require a site plan review prior to construction:

  • An apartment building containing three (3) or more dwelling units.
  • More than one multiple-family building on a lot, parcel or tract of land, or combination of lots under single ownership.
  • Mobile Home Park
  • Subdivision consisting of four or more dwellings.
  • Any commercial, office, industrial, business, recreational or institutional structures/uses including any change in exterior material, landscaping, parking and new additions to buildings
  • All other uses requiring site plan review and approval as required by this Ordinance
  • Any earthwork greater than 40,000 sf

Site Plan Review is contained in the City of Houghton Zoning Ordinance beginning with section 98-202. (See PDF below). If you have any further questions, please contact the City Manager at 482-1700 or e-mail

Click here for a site plan review checklist to use when preparing for planning commission review.

New construction also requires a water/sewer hook-up charge which is paid with the Building Permit Application.

Water/Sewer Hook-Up Fees Fee ($)
Residential
Each Additional Meter
1,900.00
    100.00
Commercial
Each Additional Meter
2,000.00
    100.00

Road Right-of-Way Permit (Commercial)

The City of Houghton requires a permit for all commercial work done on the road right-of-way.

The application must be filled out and submitted along with the $50 fee.

Commercial Road Right-of-Way Permit Application (PDF Format)

Applications can be submitted to:

City of Houghton
PO Box 606
616 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

All permits must be approved by the Director of Public Works before they are
issued. Work on the right-of-way cannot start without the approved
permit. If you have any questions, you can contact the Director of Public
Works at 482-1700 or

Driveway Permit: (Residential)

All residential driveways and retaining walls require a residential driveway permit.
The application must be filled out and submitted along with the $15 fee.

Residential Driveway Permit Application (PDF Format)

Applications can be submitted to:

City of Houghton
PO Box 606
616 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

All permits must be approved by the Director of Public Works. If you have further questions about the driveway permit, you can e-mail .

Signs

A Sign Permit must be issued prior to the installation of any signs in the City of Houghton. The Application can be printed and submitted to the following address:

City of Houghton
PO Box 606
616 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

Sign Permit Application (PDF Format)

ARTICLE XVII. SIGNS (PDF Format)

The fee for a Sign Permit is $5.00 and is due when the application is submitted.

If you have further questions about Sign Permits please call the City Manager at:
(906)482-1700 or e-mail .

 

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City of Houghton

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616 Shelden Avenue Houghton, MI 49931

(906) 482-1700 tel
(906) 482-0282 fax

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