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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 Brad Hissong oversees the operation of the Building Department, performs building plan reviews and conducts building inspections.  He is assisted in his inspection duties by state licensed inspectors - Jon Harris, Electrical Inspector and Mark Booth, Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector.  Appointments are required for all inspection services.  Building Inspections are Monday thru Thursday 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Electrical inspections are conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Plumbing and mechanical inspections are Friday mornings.   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:  

Rental Registration & Inspection:

Vacant Property Registration:

Resources for Tenants/Landlords:



Additional MISS DIG 811 Social Media Links:




 Doing Any DIY Projects This Season?

  • Fences
  • Mailbox Posts
  • Room Additions
  • Gardens
  • Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping
  • Decks & Patios
  • Trees of Shrubs
  • Swing Sets
  • Signs
  • Fountains
  • Tents

Know What’s Below Before You Dig!  Even Hand digging can cause damage.  Over 25% of damage is from homeowners.  Become part of the solution!  Protect  Yourself, Your family, Your Community!  

It’s the LAW! It’s fast and it’s FREE!!!  What do you mean FREE?  When you contact MISS DIG 811, the public facility companies are notified to mark the location of their underground lines.  Public facilities are marked for FREE by facility company representatives known as Locators.  The Locators paint lines and/or place flags to mark the approximate location of underground public lines. 


  • Visit
  •  In the e-Locate box click Start.
  • Complete the e-Locate Request.
  • Check your status before you dig
  • Enter your ticket #.  Click Inquire.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Those painted lines usually run from the main facility to the meter on your house.  Not everything gets marked when you call.  Private facility lines are NOT marked.   The unmarked private lines usually run from the house to any other building or object with service in your yard, like a garage or lamp post.  A private locator may be hired to mark them.   And often, water and sewer lines are only marked in the right-of-way not all the way to the meter on the house.

It’s the LAW?  Yes, a bill was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and has been in effect since April 1, 2014.  Be smart and contact MISS DIG 811 before you dig. 

Why so many flags? What do they mean? Can I remove them?  Do NOT remove the flags until the work is completed or after 21 days. 

Color Key:  

  • White -      Area of Proposed Excavation
  • Pink -        Temporary Survey Markings
  • Red -         Electric
  • Yellow -    Gas, Oil, Steam, Propane
  • Orange -   Phone and Cable
  • Blue -        Water
  • Purple -     Reclaimed water, irrigation
  • Green -     Sewer
  • Gray -       Used to Erase Marks

5 Steps to Safe Digging

  1. Call MISS DIG 811 at 811 or go online to
  2. Wait for utilities to be marked
  3. Check status @
  4. Respect the marks
  5. Dig with care