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Building Department

The City of Sylvan Lake contracts with Bloomfield Township to supply Building Department services.

There are two main categories of permits - Zoning and Construction.

Zoning Permits -Zoning Permits are submitted for approval at Sylvan Lake City Hall. Generally, zoning permits are required for anything that is installed or added onto your property. If it affects the footprint of the property, it needs a zoning permit. A new home, addition, garage, shed, deck, patio, driveway, fence, play structure, A/C or Generator and any work done in the road right-of-way are examples. The application for a zoning permit explains what additional documentation is required. The City of Sylvan Lake is NOT responsible for determining property lines. You must obtain property lines from a mortgage survey. At this time the City of Sylvan Lake is taking large zoning permits electronically. If you are adding an addition, a second story or other large structures, please feel free to have your architect send the drawings to HOWEVER, when submitting drawings to Bloomfield Township you must still submit hard copies.

ROW Policy - The ROW is approximately 15 feet from the edge of the street. A permit is required for any improvements in the ROW, road right-of-way. This includes ditches, driveways, culverts, landscaping, etc. Please be sure to contact City Hall before any work is done in the ROW. When this area is in need of repair a ROW application and a Residential Zoning Permit are required. Upon submission of your application there will also be a bond that is required.

If you have questions regarding a zoning permit, please call Sylvan Lake City Hall at 248-682-1440 or email .

Construction Permits - Building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be applied for and obtained at the Bloomfield Township Building Department. Sylvan Lake City Hall will not accept these applications. However, the applications and handouts may be obtained at City Hall, as well as online at If you have questions regarding building, electrical, mechanical,or plumbing permits, or the permit process, please call the Bloomfield Township Building Division at 248-433-7715. They will also provide information regarding necessary inspections and the 24 hour Inspection line (248-594-2818).

Bloomfield Township Offices are located at 4200 Telegraph Road. Their mailing address is: Bloomfield Building Division 4200 Telegraph Road P.O. Box 489 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0489. The Bloomfield Township Office Hours Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and they can be reached at 248-433-7715.

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