A new fee schedule is effective as of January 27, 2017. The fee schedule may be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.
NOTE: A complete set of new forms, policies and other information was uploaded to this website on June 19, 2016.
The Western Washtenaw Construction Authority (WWCA), often referred to as the “Building Authority”, is a regional body whose members include Freedom, Bridgewater and ManchesterTownships, and the Village of Manchester. The WWCA acts as the permitting and enforcing agency for building activities and soil erosion/sedimentation control for these governments. It is responsible for building and trade permits, and corresponding inspections, as detailed in the documents identified below.
Building permits and corresponding activities for Freedom Township are processed by the Western Washtenaw Construction Authority, located at 912 City Road, P. O. Box 556, Manchester,Michigan 48158 (office is in the lower level of the Manchester Village offices).
Contact Doug Parr at the WWCA for any questions regarding applications, permits and inspections. The phone number is 734-428-7001. The fax number is 734-428-1849. Office hours for the WWCA are 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Office is closed Tuesday and Thursday. Doug Parr is generally in the office from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM, and then leaves for appointments. The e-mail address for the WWCA is firstname.lastname@example.org. The office manager is Tammy Koteles.
In addition to traditional building permits and inspections, responsibility for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) permits has recently been transferred to the WWCA. All requirements and forms associated with SESC activities are contained in one document, the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program Guide. Dale Behnke is resposible for handling the Soil Erosion permits.
The 2015 Michigan Residential Code, the 2012 Michigan Building Code, the 2012 Mechanical Code, the 2012 Plumbing Code and the 2013 Michigan Electrical Code incorporating the 2014 NEC are now in effect.
WWCA FORMS, APPLICATIONS AND GUIDES (Updated June 19, 2016; New Fee Schedule effective January 27, 2017)
To view and download any of the following documents, click on the title of the document, which will start Adobe Acrobat and connect you to the document.
Policies and Procedures This document provides an introduction to WWCA policies and procedures. It defines what types of construction activities require a permit, how to make application for a permit, how to schedule an inspection, and how to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
Fee Schedule This document presents the complete schedule of fees for the WWCA. It includes fees for building permits, trade permits, plan review, re-inspection, construction code board of appeal, issuance of the certificate of occupancy, registration of contractor’s license, and other miscellaneous fees.
Non-profit organizations and government agencies shall receive a 25% discount on all permits up to $20,000 of construction cost value. On projects greater than $20,000, permit fees shall be based on the Authority's costs.
Building Inspections and Schedule This document lists all the inspection requirements for general building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits, the certificate of occupancy, and unique requirements within the Village of Manchester.
Application for Building Permit and Plan Review This is the standard application for a building permit and plan review. Separate permit applications are required for electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, and are shown below.
Mechanical Permit Application This application must be completed for a mechanical permit.
Electrical Permit Application This application must be completed for an electrical permit.
Plumbing Permit Application This application must be completed for a plumbing permit.
Roofing, Siding, Windows Permit Application This application must be completed for minor construction projects involving roofing, siding, windows, or temporary pools.
Requirements for the Certificate of Occupancy This document defines a partial list of the most common items required for a certificate of occupancy, and other provisions for obtaining a C of O.
Residential Code Information This document presents areas of common questions and violations of the Michigan Residential Building Code. It is not meant to be inclusive, but rather an aid to the builder so as to alleviate problems in the field.
Homeowner Affidavit This document is utilized by a homeowner acting as a general contractor and pulling the permit for a personal residence.
Pole Barns and Accessory Structures This document provides information on permitting, inspections and other requirements pertinent to pole barns and accessory structures.
Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs This document provides specific code guidance regarding permitting, inspections and enclosures for pools, spas and hot tubs.
Registration of Agricultural Exempt Building This form must be completed to register an agricultural building as exempt as defined in Act 230 of 1972.
Contractor Registration Form This document must be completed and submitted by all contractors acquiring permits from the WWCA.
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program Guide This guide provides all information and forms for SESC activities under the jurisdiction of the WWCA.