Development Center

The Development Center brings together people from Planning, Engineering, Code Compliance, Fire Department, and others to make it easier for you to build or renovate buildings in Grand Rapids.

We handle planning, permits, and inspections so you can rest assured that buildings in Grand Rapids are safe for people to use and meet our community's design standards.


Below, you will find an interactive report regarding a Development Center customer service survey we recently conducted.

You can also access the Economic Development Project Team's January 9th meeting discussing the below data on the City's YouTube channel below.

Download the PDF version of the Development Center Customer Service Survey Results here.

Economic Development Project Team Meeting on YouTube

We are currently working on a user guide that will assist residents with the development process and outline the necessary applications to ensure work is being completed properly and according to Code and the City's Zoning Ordinance.

The Planning department guides public and private development projects. Planning administers related City ordinances.


Official documentation verifying the work you are doing is up to code. Permits are needed for any new construction, modifications, and system changes (i.e. mechanical, plumbing, electrical).


Schedule an inspection of building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work.


To file a complaint regarding property maintenance or zoning, click the button below and navigate to the Property Maintenance Complaints section. This does not include building enforcement.


Click the button below if you'd like to register a State of Michigan license with the City and for a list of registration and examination options.

Register Here

Click the button below if you're looking for maps, reports, and other data related to the Development Center.


We have a variety of guides and resources available to assist you with your next project. Each guide contains information on related code requirements, permitting needs, and application information.

Plan Review Forms


Guides & Handouts


Planning and Permits for Commercial Projects


Planning and Permits for Home Projects



Click the button below if you're looking for online tools related to building and planning projects in the City of Grand Rapids.