Contractors save time
by scheduling online inspections while house hunters can view permit
Saving time and having key information at your fingertips are just two
of the many reasons that contractors are eager to set up an account on
the Access My Government (AMG) website (www.accessmygov.com).
It is especially handy for those who work as electricians, mechanical
contractors (install heating and cooling systems), and plumbers – trades
that do regular residential and/or commercial work in the City of
Northville. Builders also use the system and often have the “trades” who
work for them obtain permits.
Building Department Director Brent Strong inspects a new
home under construction.
Contractors can schedule inspections from their smart phone (by 3:30
p.m. Monday-Friday) and be notified of permit results within one hour of
inspection. Approved permits can be printed by the contractor and posted
to the building site. They no longer need to go to City Hall to get a
permit or wait for it in the mail. However, contractors must first
register in person at City Hall to begin doing business in the City.
After that step, they can set up an account on AccessMyGov.com for
inspections and permits.
Payment for the permit can be made by credit card on the AMG’s website
through Point and Pay, a payment-processing company. For credit card
use, there is a 3% fee, with a minimum of $2; for e-checks, it’s a $3
fee for payments up to $10,000 and $10 for payments of $10,000 and over.
The other option is to mail in a check or pay by cash or check at City
Hall. Credit card payments cannot be done by phone for any City business
Accessmygov.com, a software program now linked to the City of
Northville’s website, can be used to schedule an inspection or pay for a
permit, among other administrative tasks.
Prior to the launch of the online scheduling system in August 2016, the
City handled permit requests and set up inspections by phone, in person
or by mail.
In 2016, the City processed permits for more than 100 building
contractors and 97 of the skilled trades mentioned. In total, 541
permits were issued, about 100 less than in 2015, which was a banner
year for building and renovations with 637 permits issued.
On the monthly basis, there are 45 to 50 permit requests – with
accompanying inspections. Having contractors perform these services
online, at no additional cost to them, saves manpower in the City’s
Clerk’s office and the Building Department’s office. Since the City
began using the website five months ago, contractors have logged in to
obtain seven permits and schedule 36 inspections, and that number is
expected to grow quickly, according to Building Department Director
The City plans to transition contractors to use the website exclusively
for permits and inspection scheduling by March 1, 2017.
“The peak times for permits are May through August,” noted Shari Allen.
“We used to print an audit copy and field copy of the permit application
for inspectors, but now we only print one copy, which stays at City
“For companies that want statistics on their permits and inspections,
getting it off the AMG website is easy to do,” said Strong. “Builders
still need to come to City Hall for plan approval since they must show
their architectural drawings.”
From a homeowner’s perspective, the system offers a free look at their
own home’s data, from past owners and purchase prices to whether permits
were pulled for installations and renovations. House buyers and others
can go online to see if a specific house requested a permit by going to
the “Look up” screen on home page. This shortcut saves them the cost of
a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) fee and a five-day waiting period to
If you have questions about using the AMG website, please contact Shari
during business hours at 248.449.9902.
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