Permit 101: What, Why, and How to Apply

Chances are, if you are doing any sort of remodel, rehabilitation, or new build on either a residential or non-residential property in the City of Holland, you will need a permit in order to complete the work. Fear not, the process to apply is as simple as 1-2-3. Do not hesitate to call our office at 616-355-1330 with any questions you may have. 

Why Permits?

Permits and inspections are important not only to ensure the appropriate requirements, standards, and codes are met, but they are also imperative to the safety and welfare of the Holland community.

How to Apply:

1. Fill out the appropriate application for the work you are completing. 

You can either print the application and fill it in, or download and fill it out on your computer. Contractors, you can also apply for permits online here.

  • If the work is on a residential property, you can find a complete list here
  • If the work is for a non-residential property, you can find all the permit applications and forms here.
  • If you need a residential or commercial zoning permit, those applications and forms can be found here (i.e., Beekeeping, Home Business, Signs). 

2. Send in or drop off the completed application and any required additional materials (drawings, site plans, etc.); each application outlines what you will need to include.

3. Wait for us to give you a call. Once your application has been received, it will then be reviewed. (Please note: different applications take different amounts of time for review; if you have questions on timeline you can always call us.) Once the review is complete, we will let you know your permit is ready.

If you get stuck, can’t find what you are looking for, or have a question you can either call the Community & Neighborhood Services Department at 616-355-1330 or email and someone will be in touch to assist you.