Building & Zoning

Forms and Applications

For all Building & Zoning Permit Applications, please click here

Permit fee schedule is available here.

Look For License Before You Start

To look up a license go online or phone the Bureau of Construction Codes at 517-241-9317.

New Critical Dune Application Process

Effective July 17, 2017, all Critical Dune Applications will be handled through the State of Michigan (MDEQ). The Critical Dune Overlay Zone can be found WEST of the I-94 corridor. This area requires application and site plan review PRIOR to the start of any work on the site. This includes moving of soils, tree trimming, stump removal and similar related site work. For more information, please visit the state website:  
A Zoning and Building Permit is still required from the City of Bridgman in addition to the Critical Dune Permit.  


Department Operations

The City of Bridgman Department of Building Safety provides:

  • Building Inspection
  • Planning/Zoning Administration
The department operates by scheduled appointments. The Department of Building Safety is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of City and State codes relating to construction, remodeling, alteration, repair, and demolition of buildings and structures located within the City. Currently the 2015 Residential Code and 2012 Building Code are the adopted Construction codes for the administration and enforcement of building safety.

The purpose of such codes is to provide minimum standards to safeguard public safety, property and welfare by regulating and controlling the many factors involved with development. To ensure that construction work complies with applicable codes, the City requires comprehensive plans for most types of projects and inspections are conducted at periodic stages of the work.


The Department of Building Safety is responsible for the issuance of all construction permits, related inspections, property code and zoning ordinance enforcement. The Building Official/Zoning Administrator is also responsible for administering and maintaining the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Code, Zoning map, and the Master Plan. The Building Official/Zoning Administrator acts as a liaison to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals

Boards & Commissions

The Bridgman Planning Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month, as necessary.

The Bridgman Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the first Thursday of each month, as necessary.

Any persons wishing to obtain a building permit application or any other permits may do so at the office window or by accessing the printable forms in this section. Completed applications and permits are accepted at the office window anytime during regular business hours. All written documents submitted to the Department of Building Safety will be reviewed and an answer will be returned to the applicant in an expeditious manner.