105.1.2. Annual permit records. The person to whom an annual permit is issued
shall keep a detailed record of alterations made under an annual permit. Access to the
records shall be provided at all times and the records shall be filed with the enforcing
105.2. Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit requirements of the
code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in
violation of the provisions of the code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.
Permits shall not be required for any of the following:
(a) Building permits shall not be required for any of the following:
(i) One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds,
playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11).
(ii) A fence that is not more than 7 feet (2 134 mm) high.
(iii) Oil derricks.
(iv) A retaining wall that is not more than 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured
from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or
impounding class I, II or III-A liquids.
(v) A water tank supported directly on grade if the capacity is not greater than 5,000
gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2 to 1.
(vi) A sidewalk and driveway not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent
grade and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
(vii) Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish
(viii) Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
(ix) Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a group R-3 occupancy, as
applicable in section 101.2, that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, are not greater
than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L), and are installed entirely above ground.
(x) Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not
including service systems.
(xi) Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached 1- and 2-family
(xii) Window awnings in group R-3 and U occupancies, supported by an exterior
wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1 372 mm) from the exterior wall and do
not require additional support, as applicable in section 101.2 and group U occupancies.
(xiii) Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over
5 feet 9 inches (1 753 mm) in height.
(b) Electrical permits shall not be required, as in accordance with the Michigan
electrical code, R 408.30801 to R 408.30880, for any of the following:
(i) Repairs and maintenance: Minor repair work, including the replacement of
lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved
permanently installed receptacles.
(ii) Radio and television transmitting stations: The provisions of the code do not
apply to electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions, but do apply to
equipment and wiring for power supply and to the installation of towers and antennas.
(iii) Temporary testing systems: A permit is not required for the installation of any
temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or