Building Department

**NEW** Effective March 12th, 2024: 2023 Michigan Electrical Code, 2021 Michigan Mechanical Code, 2021 Michigan Plumbing Code. Click HERE to see the Electrical Residential Code change for emergency disconnects taking effect March 12th, 2024. 

The Oceana County Building Department issues building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits for residential and commercial structures within the county.

Public school permits are attained through the State of Michigan.

Permit Information

MANDATORY on all permit applications is the site address, property/parcel ID number, and driving directions. A lack of these will result in the application being returned. Learn more about building permits.

Building permit application along with all required supporting documents must be submitted in person or sent via US Mail. Building permit applications will not be processed if sent through email. 

Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing permit applications that do NOT require drawings may be submitted via email. Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing permit applications that do require drawings such as very large homes, or commercial projects must be submitted in person or sent via US Mail.

Permit Application Expiration

An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned 180 days after the date of filing unless such application has been pursued in good faith or a permit has been issued; except that the building official is authorized to grant one or more extensions of time for additional periods not exceeding 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

Permit Cancellation

An issued permit will be cancelled when no inspection is requested and conducted within 180 days of the date of issuance or the date of a previous inspection. Two individual (no fee) extensions can be granted when requested in writing. Once the extensions are used, a paid renewal will be required.  Cancelled permits can’t be refunded or reinstated.

Townships that handle their own building permits:

  • Newfield and Otto
    Contact Duane Cruzan at (231) 224-3960 for Newfield and Otto Township permits.
  • Grant Townships
    Contact Mike Harris at (231) 301-9129  for Grant Township building permits only. Oceana County issues electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits for Grant Township.

Pay for a Permit Online

For your convenience, you can pay for permits online using our secure payment portal.

Pay Permit

Current Codes

Code Effective Date
2015 Michigan Residential Building February 8, 2016
2015 Michigan Building April 20, 2017
2021 Michigan Plumbing March 12, 2024
2021 Michigan Mechanical March 12, 2024
2023 Michigan Electrical (NEC and Part 8 Rules) March 12, 2024
2021 International Fuel Gas March 12, 2024

External Resources

Contact the Building Department


Randy Miller Building Inspector (231) 742-0118

Randy Neuman Electrical Inspector (231) 301-0025

Sonnie Smith Plumbing Inspector (231) 742-2752

Brooke Sylvester Coordinator (231) 873-5355

Connie Van Huis Permit Technician (231) 873-5355

Main Phone: (231) 873-5355


Address County Services Building
844 S. Griswold Street
Suite 200
Hart, MI 49420

Hours Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
*Closed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM for lunch
Building & Electrical Inspector's Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Mechanical Inspector Office Hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Plumbing Inspector Office Hours:
Thursday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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