Apply for a Demolition Permit

Are you looking to completely demolish a structure? You need to apply for a permit to make sure your work will meet our community's standards as defined in the Grand Rapids City Code and the Michigan Building Code.
This isn't the correct application for demolition of only part of a structure. For that you need to apply for a Building Permit.

Online Form

Create a Citizen Access account

We use a third party application called Citizen Access for our Demolition Permit applications. If you've never used Citizen Access, we recommend that you review how to create an account before starting your application.

Review the requirements

We can only issue a Demolition Permit in these situations:

  • Site plan for redevelopment has been approved by the Planning Department
  • Notice to Repair or Demolish has been issued by Building Inspections or Code Compliance
  • Court order requiring demolition

Make sure you have time to apply

This application will take about 30 minutes once you've gathered the required information identified in the steps below.

Make sure you have all the required information

During the application process you will need to upload the following attachments:

  • Proof of insurance - general liability, auto, and workers compensation
  • Performance guarantee (surety) - performance bond, letter of credit, or cashier's check
  • For properties with more than one building, you must also submit a site plan.

Have your credit/debit card ready

You'll need to enter your credit/debit card information to pay the permit fee. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

The demolition permit fee for one or two-family structures is $295. The fee for all other structures is $370. Included in the permit fee is a $70 Sewer Lateral Service Demo/Cap Off Inspection fee.

Apply Online

Login to Citizen Access and choose the Building Applications category.

Apply Online

We'll review your application

Expect to hear from us within 1-2 business days. We'll email you to confirm receipt of your application. Keep in mind that you might need to revise your application or attachments if we notice any missing or incorrect information.

What Happens Next

Once we accept your application, we'll notify the public utilities. You should also contact them directly to request utility cut-off.

We need confirmation of gas, electric, and water utility cut-off before we can issue a Demolition Permit. Typically, the utility companies provide this to us. If you receive a utility cut-off notification, forward it to devcenter@grcity.us. We can't issue permits without these confirmations.

Paper Form

Review the requirements

We can only issue a Demolition Permit in these situations:

  • Site plan for redevelopment has been approved by the Planning Department
  • Notice to Repair or Demolish has been issued by Building Inspections or Code Compliance
  • Court order requiring demolition

Make sure you have all the required information

You'll need to attach the following to your application:

  • Proof of insurance - general liability, auto, and workers compensation
  • Performance guarantee (surety) - performance bond, letter of credit, or cashier's check
  • For properties with more than one building, you must also submit a site plan.

Have your payment ready

You'll need to pay the permit fee. We accept cash, check or money order, or Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

The demolition permit fee for one or two-family structures is $295. The fee for all other structures is $370. Included in the permit fee is a $70 Sewer Lateral Service Demo/Cap Off Inspection fee.

Complete the application

Download, print, and fill out the printed application.

Download the Application

We'll review your application

Expect to hear from us within 1-2 business days. We'll email you to confirm receipt of your application. Keep in mind that you might need to revise your application or attachments if we notice any missing or incorrect information.

What Happens Next

Once we accept your application, we'll notify the public utilities. You should also contact them directly to request utility cut-off.

We need confirmation of gas, electric, and water utility cut-off before we can issue a Demolition Permit. Typically, the utility companies provide this to us. If you receive a utility cut-off notification, forward it to devcenter@grcity.us. We can't issue permits without these confirmations.

Phone

Call us for instructions

You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll get you all the information you need to apply for your Demolition Permit. We don't take applications over the phone, but we'll make sure you have everything you need to get your application approved.

In Person

Review the requirements

We can only issue a Demolition Permit in these situations:

  • Site plan for redevelopment has been approved by the Planning Department
  • Notice to Repair or Demolish has been issued by Building Inspections or Code Compliance
  • Court order requiring demolition

Make sure you have all the required information

You'll need to attach the following to your application:

  • Proof of insurance - general liability, auto, and workers compensation
  • Performance guarantee (surety) - performance bond, letter of credit, or cashier's check
  • For properties with more than one building, you must also submit a site plan.

Have your payment ready

You'll need to pay the permit fee. We accept cash, check or money order, and Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

The demolition permit fee for one or two-family structures is $295. The fee for all other structures is $370. Included in the permit fee is a $70 Sewer Lateral Service Demo/Cap Off Inspection fee.

Come to our office and fill out an application

You'll find our address in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll review your application

Expect to hear from us within 1-2 business days. We'll email you to confirm receipt of your application. Keep in mind that you might need to revise your application or attachments if we notice any missing or incorrect information.

What Happens Next

Once we accept your application, we'll notify the public utilities. You should also contact them directly to request utility cut-off.

We need confirmation of gas, electric, and water utility cut-off before we can issue a Demolition Permit. Typically, the utility companies provide this to us. If you receive a utility cut-off notification, email it to us. You can find our email address in the Contact Us section. We can't issue permits without these confirmations.