The Michigan Licensing Act gives the owner an exemption to act as his or her own general contractor. This means that in the case of their own single-family residence, which they are going to occupy, the owner can obtain a building permit for construction in his own house. It is the landlord's responsibility to make sure they get the permit, but not to get it for the contractor (at least in Michigan). Are you a homeowner planning a remodeling project? A contractor hired to build or remodel a single-family home or duplex? Are you looking to replace the roof or replace the roof of an existing home? You will need a residential building permit.
A permit ensures that the work meets the standards of our community, as defined in the Michigan Residential Code and the Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance. In Michigan, construction of new buildings, as well as most home remodeling work, requires a permit before the project can begin.