Apply for a Pool Permit

Want to install a pool in your backyard? You're in the right place to start the permit process.

Online

Step 1.Create a Citizen Access Account

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

Step 2.Make sure you have time to apply

This application will take about 30 minutes once you have gathered your information. You will be able to save your application and resume later if you need more time.

Step 3.Review the requirements

If you aren't the owner, you must have a Residential Builders License issued by the State of Michigan, or written authorization from a license holder, to obtain a Building Permit.

An Energy Code Worksheet is required to build or add on to a single family home.

Residential pool guide

You should review the Residential Pool Guide(PDF, 75KB) to help you through this process.

Step 4.Plan your project

Plans are required for most project types.  During the application process you'll need to upload plans showing the location, size, and details of the proposed project.  A helpful rule-of-thumb is that plans should have enough detail for another person to do the work without talking to the person who prepared the plans.

A site plan showing the location on the lot is required.

We have resources available to help you prepare plans:

  • Project guides for various project types
  • Development Center Plans Examiners are available 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM at our office. We're located on the third floor at the address listed in the Contact Us section.

Have your credit/debit card ready

The flat fee for this permit is $72.* You can combine two for $112.*

*Includes a $10 discount for applying online. 

You'll need to enter your credit/debit card information to pay the permit fee. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. The flat fee for this permit is $72.* You can combine two for $112.

Apply online

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. When approved, we'll send you your permit by email.

Paper Form

Step 1.Gather your information 

We want to assist you with getting your pool installed. Gather the following documents to apply:

  • Your Pool Installation Plan
  • 2 Drawings (Map specifications including design, underground plumbing, easements, electrical, etc.)

Step 2.Have your payment ready

The flat fee for this permit is $82. You can combine a deck and pool permit for $122. 

For in person payments, we accept cash, check or money order. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

If you apply online instead of submitting a paper form, the application fee will be automatically discounted by $10.

Step 3.Complete your application here

Download the Application

Step 4.Visit our office

Visit us to complete your application. Please note that we only accept pool applications in person. You can find our address in the Contact Us section of this page. We can't accept mailed, emailed, or faxed applications. 

If you can't make it to our office, apply online using Citizen Access.

Phone

Call us for instructions to apply

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

 

In Person

Step 1.Gather your information

We want to assist you with getting your pool installed. Gather the following documents to apply:

  • Your Pool Installation Plan
  • 2 Drawings (Map specifications including design, underground plumbing, easements, electrical, etc.)

Step 2.Have your payment ready

The flat fee for this permit is $82. You can combine a deck and pool permit for $122. 

For in person payments, we accept cash, check or money order. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

If you apply online, the application fee will be automatically discounted by $10.

Step 3.Visit our Office

Visit us to complete your application. You can find our address in the Contact Us section of this page.