Building Permits & Inspections/WWCA

Building permits and inspections are handled by the Western Washtenaw Construction Authority (WWCA).

Contact Information

Western Washtenaw Construction Authority
912 City Rd
P.O. Box 556
Manchester, MI  48158
(734) 428-7001  |  Fax: (734) 428-1849

Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8am - 1p.m.


The Western Washtenaw Construction Authority (WWCA), often referred to as the “Building Authority”, is a regional body whose members include Freedom,Bridgewater and Manchester Townships, 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 Bridgewater 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 Dale Behnke 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. Dale Behnke 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

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.

The 2009 Michigan Building Code, 2009 Michigan Residential Code, and the 2009 International Energy Code are now in effect.

Electronic copies of the WWCA's forms, applications, and guides are available courtesy of the Freedom Township website.

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 (Note:  New fee schedule effective January 27, 2017).
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.

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. (Note:  Revised form effective July 2012).

Mechanical Permit Application
This application must be completed for a mechanical permit. (Note:  Revised form effective January 2014).

Electrical Permit Application
This application must be completed for an electrical permit. (Note:  Revised form effective January 2014).

Plumbing Permit Application
This application must be completed for a plumbing permit.  (Note:  Revised form effective January 2014).

Roofing, Siding & Windows Permit Application
This application must be completed for minor construction projects involving roofing, siding, or windows. (Note: Revised form effective January 2014).

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 2003 Michigan Building Code. It is not meant to be inclusive, but rather an aid to the builder so as to alleviate problems in the field.  (Note:  New document uploaded February 13, 2009).

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. (Note: Revised form issued July 2012).

Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program Guide
This guide provides all information and forms for SESC activities under the jurisdiction of the WWCA.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form
This form must be completed to request copies of records of permits issued by the Western Washtenaw Construction Authority.

Burn Permits
To avoid being charged for an unwanted fire run from our fire departments, please call the fire department that serves your jurisdiction if you intend to have a controlled burn.  If you are not sure which to call, please call both! For more information on the regulation of open burning and requirements for burn permits please review Bridgewater Township's Open Burning Ordinance.  Manchester Fire Department:  (734) 428-9439 Clinton Fire Department:  (517) 456-4371

Mission Statement

The Bridgewater Township Board of Trustees adopted a mission statement at its December 20, 2006 meeting: "To provide our constituents a people-focused approach to public service built upon the simplicity and efficiency of rural government where all public bodies work closely together to be more responsive to the public's needs."

January 28, 2007 1:18 pm

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