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Building & Planning

Building & Planning Department


Building & Planning Department

The Building & Planning Department inspects and reviews all structures and properties in the city. With the review of plans, the enforcement of ordinances and inspections the department handles everything from large commercial developments down to a simple home repair. Even though the department does a wide range of duties its main goal is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community. This is accomplished with a good working relationship with the citizens, property owners and businesses. The City of Clawson Building & Planning Department is located at City Hall 425 N. Main Street.

Pre-Application Meetings: The city offers pre-application meetings to discuss potential development projects at City Hall every Thursday. To schedule an appointment, please email the city planner at

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Jon Weingarten, Administrative Clerk
248.435.4500 ext. 121
Monday–Thursday, 7:30am-5:00pm
Barbara Chambers, Code Enforcement
248.435.4500 ext. 113
Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Rami Sweidan, Code Enforcement
248.435.4500 ext. 126
Monday & Wednesday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Jon Ruthenbeck, Fire Marshall
248.435.4500 ext. 114
Monday–Thursday, 7:30am-5:00pm
City Planner
248.852.3100 (Birmingham Office)
248.435.4500 ext. 127 (Clawson Office)
Every Thursday, call for appt.

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Chuck Stockwell, Electrical Inspector
248.435.4500 ext. 121
Tuesday & Thursday inspections only
Brian Vargason
, Building Inspector
248.435.4500 ext. 121
Inspections as requested

George Beattie
, Plumbing Inspector
248.435.4500 ext. 121
Monday–Thursday inspections only
7-8 a.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Brian Claycomb, Mechanical Inspector
248.435.4500 ext. 121
Tuesday, Thursday inspections only

Code of Ordinances

Code of Ordinances

Fire Marshal
The fire marshal is to conduct fire safety inspections in compliance of state and local codes for all commercial properties. He/she is to ensure that exit lights, fire suppression, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, exits, and storage areas are in compliance with various regulations.

Code Enforcement
Property maintenance is a major concern of established communities such as Clawson. If you have a concern about the upkeep of a property in Clawson, please call code enforcement with the address and we will send someone out to investigate it promptly.

Building Department Schedule of Fees — amended as of 2/19/2020

City of Clawson Zoning Map

Letter to Businesses on Rat Control

Letter to Residents on Recommendations to control rodent populations

Master Plan

City of Clawson Master Plan—adopted by the City Council on April 3, 2018

City of Clawson Master Plan — adopted by the City Council on January 20, 2009.

Permits required by the City of Clawson
Permits can only be obtained at the City offices.

Building Permits
For new construction, renovations, and demolition.

Electrical Permits
For all electrical work done within the city.

Heating/Cooling Permits
For new installation of furnaces and air conditioners or additions to the heating/cooling system.

Plumbing Permits
For new installation, alteration or addition to the plumbing, water heater replacement, or sewer repair. Upon completion of the work, the Building & Planning Department requires a 24 hour notice for all inspections.

Oakland County Home Improvement Loan Program
Oakland County Home Improvement Loan — information on Oakland County’s Home Improvement Loan Program.

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner—New Homeowner's Guide To Soil Erosion Control
The Water Resources Commission presents the "New Homeowner's Guide To Soil Erosion Control" brochure from February 2009.

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