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Welcome to the City Building Department! 

The City of Owosso Building Department oversees construction within the City limits to make certain that all structures are in compliance with the State of Michigan and City of Owosso building codes.  Building codes seek to ensure public safety by governing the construction and maintenance of structures. The Department is responsible for issuing building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits and the provision of inspection services related to these permits.  Applications for all building related permits can be found on the right hand side of this page.  The City of Owosso's Building Official performs building plan reviews and conducts building inspections, assisted by licensed Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Inspectors. Appointments are required for all inspection services.  Building Inspections are Monday thru Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Electrical inspections are conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Plumbing and mechanical inspections are Friday mornings between 9:00 an noon.   All inspections can be scheduled by calling the Building Department at (989) 725-0535 Monday - Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Voice messaging is available for those calling outside regular business hours.  

Those residents living outside the City limits must contact Shiawassee County Building & Trades Department for permit and inspection information.  

For further information regarding building codes, zoning, and general property information simply click the links below:  

  • Owosso Property Information  
  • Owosso Code of Ordinances  
  • International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)   
  • IPMC Amendments
  • Rental Registration & Inspection:
  • Ordinance
  • Rental Registration Form
  • Vacant Property Registration:
  • Ordinance
  • FAQ
  • Vacant Property Registration Form.pdf
  • Resources for Tenants/Landlords:
  • Michigan Tenants & Landlord Handbook
  • Legal Aid of South Central Michigan
  • Michigan Housing Locator