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NEW PERMIT APPLICATIONS - EFFECTIVE MARCH 30, 2023 - this effects Building, Electrical, Plumbing & Mechanical applications

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10AM-3PM 
586-739-1600 ext. 107 | e-mail

Gerard "Jerry" Hicks
Building Official

John Dropchuk
Building Adminsitrator


Inspections are generally available:
(Please note time windows are estimates - exact time not available).

Building | Rental
Mon | Tues | Wed
Mechanical | Plumbing
Tues | Thurs
Tues | Wed | Thurs

Building Department Policies
Sign Ordinance Adopted 9/10/19
Dog Ordinance Amendment
Bed and Breakfast Ordinance 3/22/2023
Zoning Map

Remember, the City of Utica requires a building permit and inspections for a new deck, shed or garage and many other items.
If you have any questions  regarding building matters, please call the Building Department during regular city hall office hours.

The Building Inspector is the person who approves all building permit  applications and follows up with the required inspections, answers  questions regarding the Zoning Ordinance and building requirements.

The Building Inspector not only issues the building permits but he also is the  code enforcement official and issues citations when the ordinances or codes are not followed.

Even though we do not care to hear it, it's time to make sure the snow blower and snow shovel are ready. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow. Let's keep them cleared for school children and all walkers.

Check growth of tree limbs over your house or garage to avoid damage from heavy snow and ice coated branches. Make sure your address is on your house or mailbox. We know there are still a lot of houses and businesses that don't have them. Also, help remind your neighbors if you notice theirs missing. This is important for mail delivery, but more so in case you need the Police or Fire Departments to reach you. Even worse, would be the need for an ambulance that has a problem finding your address. Once again, it is time to think about heating contractors. If you have problems with your heat, be sure whoever works on your unit is a licensed contractor.

Make sure to ask to see their credentials. Remember, changing a water heater or furnace does require a permit from the Building Department and an inspection by our inspectors. You can always call us to see if your project needs a permit. A reminder to all landlords, your rental dwellings in the City of Utica, do require a landlord license every year and an inspection every two years. Far too many landlords have not followed thru with repairs and inspections to get the license. If you are a renter, be sure your landlord had your dwelling inspected by the Building Inspector.

A life-saving test: check your smoke alarms regularly

MSHDA's Property Improvement Program offers low interest home improvement loans to single-family homeowners with low-to-moderate income (up to $65,000, or $74,750 in certain areas). Eligible home improvements insulation, window replacement, furnace replacement, roof repair or replacement, new siding, installing a ramp, remodeling a kitchen, and other similar improvements. Homeowners can borrow up to $25,000 without equity, and up to $50,000 with equity. Because we can amortize the loan up to 20 years, the monthly payments are very affordable for those on a fixed income. The interest rate for homeowners is 4%, 6%, or 8%, depending upon income. These loans are provided through MSHDA-approved participating lenders and community agents. For a list of lenders and agents, as well as more program details, visit the web site at and click on the Home Improvement link.


Upon written request, prior to the commencement of any work, permits may be cancelled with fees refunded less the cost of the application fee, plan review fees and a processing fee of $50.00.  Cancellation fees shall not exceed the original cost of the permit.

Where any work has commenced prior to the rough inspection, 50% of the permit fees may be refunded less the application fee, plan review fees and a processing fee of $50.00

Where work has commenced beyond rough inspection, no fees may be refunded.

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10AM-3PM 
586-739-1600 ext. 107 | e-mail